Caring for People in Poverty. By Julie Ivey. Learning Objectives. From this seminar students will be able to: D escribe poverty and the three different types of poverty. R ecognize the role of the public health nurse. E xplain the assumptions and barriers involved in poverty
By Julie Ivey
From this seminar students will be able to:
“In the United States, an estimated 37 million Americans (12%) live below the official poverty line”. (Kotler, Lee, 2009, p. 2).
Poverty is a very important topic and it affects all disciplines, not only nursing.
Those in poverty may not have clean drinking water, sanitary places to live, healthy food to eat, clean clothes to wear, and access to health care.
Nurses can promote a healthy environment by asking open ended questions, sitting with the patient, listening, and showing that they care.
Nurses can also:
People tend to treat those in poverty with disdain, suspicion, and are demeaning and dehumanizing (Linkon, 2010).
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