This book examines the evolving health care delivery systems and the role of nursing within the rural context. Divided into three parts including perspectives from experts in Australia and Canada, the book covers the foundations of rural nursing, special populations, and future perspectives. Students of nursing will find special features in each chapter such as a list of objectives, key terms, points to remember, suggested research activities, and discussion questions.

Americaampnumx0027;s Lost Population: The Rural Homeless

Americaampnumx0027;s lost population: The rural homeless

Key Terms

  • Homelessness
  • Homeless persons
  • Chronic mental illness


After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Characterize homelessness and homeless persons.
  • Differentiate features of the homeless population in rural and urban communities.
  • Describe outcomes of homelessness on the health of individuals, families, and rural communities.
  • Identify community resources in rural areas to help meet the needs of the homeless.

Essential Points to Remember

  • It is difficult to count the homeless population, but it is estimated to be anywhere from 350,000 to 2.5 million people in the nation. Estimates of the proportion of the homeless who are rural range from 7% to 14% of the total homeless population. As in urban areas, the homeless in rural ...
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