Presentation Title

Homeless Shelter: Improving Health and Safety through Education of Staff and Volunteers

Presentation Type

Poster

School

School of Sciences and Social Sciences

Discipline

Nursing

Mentor

Cynthia Cahoon

Date & Time

April 9th at 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Location

L. P. Young Student Center, West Dining and Flag Room

Abstract

The Hundred Nights Shelter provides desperately needed services to homeless individuals and families in Keene, NH. Guests are in need of a warm place to sleep, a meal, and other supportive services. The Shelter has little funding and relies on volunteers for staffing when it is in operation. Many of the volunteers have expressed limited confidence in their knowledge of appropriate health interventions, including everything from first-aid to knowing when a guest needs referral for professional medical services. We conducted a program during the volunteer training sessions that provided basic education about bloodborne pathogens, universal precautions, community acquired infections, personal protective equipment, and clues identifying when a guest needs more in-depth medical care. We plan to conduct an anonymous survey during wintertime to measure whether our program has increased the knowledge, safety and confidence of the volunteers while addressing the health needs of the clients at the Hundred Nights Shelter.

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Apr 9th, 4:15 PM

Homeless Shelter: Improving Health and Safety through Education of Staff and Volunteers

L. P. Young Student Center, West Dining and Flag Room

The Hundred Nights Shelter provides desperately needed services to homeless individuals and families in Keene, NH. Guests are in need of a warm place to sleep, a meal, and other supportive services. The Shelter has little funding and relies on volunteers for staffing when it is in operation. Many of the volunteers have expressed limited confidence in their knowledge of appropriate health interventions, including everything from first-aid to knowing when a guest needs referral for professional medical services. We conducted a program during the volunteer training sessions that provided basic education about bloodborne pathogens, universal precautions, community acquired infections, personal protective equipment, and clues identifying when a guest needs more in-depth medical care. We plan to conduct an anonymous survey during wintertime to measure whether our program has increased the knowledge, safety and confidence of the volunteers while addressing the health needs of the clients at the Hundred Nights Shelter.