• The Curious Nurse

Welcome to my blog!

This is my first post! I'm just going to jump right in.

How can we address the healthcare needs of marginalized communities?

1. Partner with non-profits to reach out to various communities.

2. Provide educational opportunities (GED, CNA, MA, RN) for community members so they can also contribute to their communities.

3. Learn about the individual needs of each community.

4. Find opportunities for students (RN, NP, PA, medical) to help support community clinics.

5. Seek out providers and nurses who are willing to volunteer time to community health.

I understand ^^ these are not new ideas and these are processes that are currently being implemented or have been in the past. I want to apply these ideas in my practice as a nurse and nurse practitioner to better serve at-risk communities. As a nurse who currently works in a department that allows me to vaccinate various communities including Somalian, Burmese, Hispanic, Native, African American, and various ethnicities - I am learning about the importance of the needs of these communities. I also see that there are amazing people who have dedicated their lives to serve their community members and they need some additional support. This can be provided by asking what they need rather than assuming and creating strong and consistent partnerships to carry out the care. It involves building trust in the communities, which does not happen overnight.

I would like to learn more about how you serve your communities? Ideas you have to meet the healthcare needs of at-risk communities? Stories or advice you would like to share?

Thank you for taking the time to read this post!

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