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doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000063
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Teaching Students to Work With Vulnerable Populations Through a Patient Advocacy Course

Bell, Meghan L. MPH, RN; Buelow, Janet R. PhD, RN

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Abstract

Nursing students need an in-depth understanding of how social determinants, such as poverty, unsafe housing, and illiteracy, impact the health of patients. The authors describe how a patient advocacy service-learning course increased students’ awareness and proficiency in working with the challenges low-income, vulnerable individuals face as they attempt to improve their lives and health. Course learning objectives, essential requirements, and student reflections are presented.

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