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Why every nursing student should learn about homelessness

Homelessness and poor housing have a huge effect on health, yet many nursing students have little opportunity to learn about these issues. The Queen’s Nursing Institute’s David Parker-Radford says more commitment is needed from universities

Homelessness and poor housing have a huge effect on health, yet many nursing students have little opportunity to learn about these issues. The Queen’s Nursing Institute’s David Parker-Radford says more commitment is needed from universities

  • A homeless person's life expectancy is 30 years below the UK average
  • Only two UK universities surveyed offer a homeless health undergraduate module
  • Queen's Nursing Institute wants universities to strive for greater consistency in homelessness education

The Nursing and Midwifery Council recently consulted on standards required of the ‘future nurse’. As trusted health professionals, nurses should have a wide body of knowledge on the determinants of health, in addition to caring and clinical knowledge.

Where you live is one of the biggest factors influencing how healthy you are. Someone living in a deprived area with substandard housing has a significantly reduced life expectancy. In the UK,

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