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the homeless that wander in...

  1. 6 There have been times that I feel crappy about discharging some (not all) of our homeless folks especially when the weather is really cold and really hot because I know they have no where to go. The shelters are close already by time of d/c and some sign back in with a random complaint just to have a warm/cool place to stay in. Am I the only one?

    **I'm talking when it is calm, no traumas or real sick pts in the ED.
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  2. 37 Comments

  3. Visit  NurseOnAMotorcycle profile page
    #1 2
    It's definitely a problem. They usually go to the next hospital and claim chest pain so they can stay for 4+ hours.
  4. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
    #2 6
    We usually let them hang out if we don't need the beds.

    Posting from my phone, ease forgive my fat thumbs!
  5. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
    #3 0
    Happens to us in the psych ER too, except instead of chest pain, they play the SI or CD card. However, we can't keep them for very long.
  6. Visit  loriangel14 profile page
    #4 9
    We never discharge unless they have some where to go, especially when the weather is bad.
  7. Visit  Esme12 profile page
    #5 4
    We usually found a way to keep them somewhere.......and made sure they were gone by morning....
  8. Visit  laceym profile page
    #6 4
    I have worked with the homeless throughout the years, not as a nurse (yet), but it makes me feel good that there are nurses out there like you all that care for their well being. Anyone can be homeless at anytime in our lives and I hope to be in a nursing position soon someday to help those in need and not just in nursing.
  9. Visit  mish_RN profile page
    #7 1
    Thanks for the reply guys. We can't let them stay in the ED room/pod chair after D/C. I usually let them hang out in the lobby and tell them to be good so security won't kick them out. It does suck and it can happen to anyone at any point.
  10. Visit  mish_RN profile page
    #8 0
    Quote from laceym
    I have worked with the homeless throughout the years, not as a nurse (yet), but it makes me feel good that there are nurses out there like you all that care for their well being. Anyone can be homeless at anytime in our lives and I hope to be in a nursing position soon someday to help those in need and not just in nursing.
    Thanks
  11. Visit  Wheels28 profile page
    #9 1
    This is why I have so much respect for nurses MOST see the patient as a person, and really do care and go beyond to help them,and often don't judge.
  12. Visit  Adenosine6 profile page
    #10 1
    When I escort the homeless out the ambulance doors, I say "Welcome Home!"
  13. Visit  shoegalRN profile page
    #11 0
    We let them hang out in the waiting room after discharge until the buses start running.

    We will even give them a bus pass to catch the bus to the shelter.
    Last edit by shoegalRN on May 27, '13 : Reason: grammer
  14. Visit  mmc51264 profile page
    #12 2
    If they end up on our floor, they don't leave unless they are placed somewhere.

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