Former Staff Nurse, Barbara M. McInnis House Respite Program at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
over 1 year ago
What would be most helpful is experience with chronic conditions including mental illness and addiction. Homeless clients have multiple comorbidities, so one must be a strong clinician to effectively care for them.
While not every homeless or marginally housed person has had a problem with addiction or mental illness prior to becoming homeless , many do and those that had no previous issue may acquire a disorder such as PTSD or depression because of what they experience while homeless.
Go to the National Health Care for the Homeless website, look at research and information and take Health care for the Homeless 101 :
In the interview show that your are aware of the complex medical and psychosocial/economic /legal challenges that face homeless men and women. Be clear that you are open to learning what you do not know - a competent nurse that is open to learning is better than a sympathetic nurse that has poor practice.