Homelessness presents unique healthcare challenges

Homelessness presents unique healthcare challenges, and nurses play a vital role in addressing the complex needs of homeless individuals. Reflect on the social determinants of health contributing to homelessness and the barriers homeless individuals face in accessing healthcare services. Describe a scenario where a nurse provides care to a homeless individual in a community health clinic or shelter setting, considering their physical health, mental health, substance use, and socioeconomic needs. Discuss the trauma-informed care approach, harm reduction strategies, and interdisciplinary collaboration essential for delivering holistic and patient-centered care to homeless populations. Explore the role of nurses as advocates for policy changes and social services that address the root causes of homelessness and improve access to housing, healthcare, and supportive resources for vulnerable individuals and families.

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