Newly qualified nurses

Community nursing is a complex and varied, but often underestimated, career option

Caring for homeless people requires a complex set of skills that can enable nurses to reach out to those who are often excluded from the healthcare system, says Jane Morton.
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Caring for homeless people requires a complex set of skills that can enable nurses to reach out to those who are often excluded from the healthcare system, says Jane Morton.

Most pre-registration training takes place in the hospital environment. This, combined with the misconception in some quarters that nurses who work in the community are not ‘proper nurses’, may result in students and newly qualified nurses underestimating the field’s complexity.

Yet it is community nursing that has the potential to provide the most varied experience of nursing and the greatest opportunity to develop a wide range of skills.

Providing care to the homeless, for example. The stereotypical view of a homeless person is the bearded, older man drinking strong cider on a park bench, but there

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