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Clinical issues in refugee healthcare: The Somali Bantu population

Parve, Julie DNP, FNP-BC, APNP; Kaul, Teri PhD, FNP-BC, APNP

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000398777.52008.3f

With an estimated 803,500 refugees residing in the United States, many NPs will encounter patients who do not speak, read, or understand English. Many of these patients have challenging health issues such as parasitic diseases and chronic or acute diseases not commonly seen in the United States and NPs will need to be prepared for these challenges.

Julie Parve was a family nurse practitioner for the Medical College of Wisconsin and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Inc., in Milwaukee, Wis. She is currently an adjunct faculty at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis., and now practices in a rural clinic in Northern Wisconsin. She and her husband travel frequently to Africa to do community development through their organization Hope Without Borders-USA ( Kaul, PhD, is the graduate nursing program director at Concordia University.

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