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Homeless training launched for nurses

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Two-thirds of nurses working with homeless people have had no specific training, according to the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Of the 100 nurses who replied to the QNI survey 40% also said they felt isolated in their roles and 74% work alone.

The results were announced to coincide with the launch of the QNI’s Homeless Health Initiative which will train nurses to cope with the demands of dealing with homeless.

A forum to help nurses working alone share information has also been set up.

Kate Tansley, initiative co-ordinator said: ‘The initiative will help to improve the care which can be offered and thus help homeless people move forward with their lives.’

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