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New homeless health resource for community nurses

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Community nurses who are new to working with homeless people are to benefit from a digital learning resource launched by the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

The new toolkit, called Transition to Homeless Health Nursing, comprises an eight chapter self-guided online resource.

It includes information about homelessness, safe working practices, risk assessment, common patient conditions, multidisciplinary working, policy, legislation and safeguarding.

”This resource aims to fill in some of the gaps, speed up the learning process and help develop the confidence of nurses to understand homelessness”

David Parker-Radford

The QNI said the resource, launched this week, could also be used by experienced community nurses to refresh their knowledge, or as a learning aid for student nurses with placements in this setting.

“Excellent nursing care for people who are homeless can only come by learning on the job over time,” said QNI homeless health programme manager David Parker-Radford.

“This resource aims to fill in some of the gaps, speed up the learning process and help develop the confidence of nurses to understand homelessness, work collaboratively, know the current legislation and get involved in policy,” he said.

“I am sure that this resource will have widespread benefit to nurses who care about giving the best possible care for people facing some of the most difficult challenges in life,” he added.

The guidance was developed following consultation with a focus group including young homeless people and a QNI survey of the experiences of more than 80 homeless health nurses.

It is the fourth in a series of QNI learning resources dedicated to helping nurses with the transition to community nursing disciplines. Previous resources have focused on moving into district nursing, general practice nursing and school nursing.

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