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Implementing safe discharges for patients without homes

By: Response by Danisha Jenkins, PhD, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC

To: Ethics Advisory Board From: Troubled emergency nurse Subject: Inappropriate discharge of patients experiencing homelessness A recently discharged elderly homeless patient died near the hospital in which I work. We’re discharging more elderly patients to the streets because shelter beds aren’t available. We don’t have room in the emergency department (ED) to house these vulnerable…

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