Nursing Students Participate in Homeward’s “Point in Time Count”
A group of eight senior nursing students assisted with the Homeward “Point in Time Count” on January 27th, 2011 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Grace Street as part of their community health nursing clinical with Allison Gregory, RN, FNP-BC. Her clinical section is focusing on the homeless population in Richmond, VA and used the experience to give the students a taste of what kind of information Homeward, along with other organizations and service providers, is hoping to learn about the homeless community and what kind of data needs to be collected to improve services and get people connected to stable housing.
St. Paul’s is well known for it’s outreach through a lunch feeding program for the homeless & needy, so Homeward arranges with St. Paul’s and recruits volunteers to administer surveys of the people who come for a free hot lunch. The students were able to sit one-on-one with individuals to collect the survey data. Each student surveyed between 4-10 individuals. They will use data from previous Point in Time Counts in putting together a Community Health Assessment of RIchmond’s homeless community as part of their clinical requirements, and will later plan and implement health promotion projects to meet the needs in this community.
For more information on this program, visit either the Homeward website or the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church website.
From left to right:
Rachel Andersen; Christopher York; Rachel Ward; Kristin Schwind; Kate Bower; Patricia Pickeral; Bryn Daisy Borders; Andrea Howard