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Homeless Healthcare Nurse Specialist

Clinical Practice
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice
  • Public Health
  • Quality Improvement
  • Education
  • Policy/Strategy Development

Area of Practice

  • Adult Nursing
  • Children's Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Learning Disability Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Public Health Nursing


  • Community/Primary Care

Job/Role Summary

  • To provide nursing services to the homeless population within a specific area.
  • To create a healthly community by providing services wich include clinical intervention.
  • Health promotion and health screening.
  • Crisis intervention.


Specific qualifications and experience required

  • Registered nurse - Adult
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • 2 years Post Registration experience
  • 1 year Community experience


Career Milestones

After extensive experience in various primary care settings and completing the nurse practitioner course, this opportunity came up and i was successful in my application.


What attracted you to this job?

  • Challenging
  • New frontier of nursing in my area
  • Professional development


Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

  • Working with this specific client population
  • Developing in depth knowledge in subject area
  • Day to day challenges and unpredictability


Important success factors

  • Management support and encouragement
  • Learning from other professionals within the area of homelessness
  • Ability to work autonomously


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

  • Be certain you want the job
  • Have a background knowledge
  • Be able to adapt to changing situations in your caseload
  • Capacity to work independantly


Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

  • Ability to work with rapid change within the caseload and capacity to work at pace
  • Self reliance on my own judgement in difficult situations
  • Greater insight into clients who have an addiction and/or mental illness
  • Counselling and motivational skills


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