Date of Award

Spring 3-18-2008

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Cheryl Leuning

Second Advisor

Ruth Enestvedt


The intent of this field project was to study the disconnection that is experienced by homeless persons within the healthcare system. Homelessness is a growing concern that affects all age groups throughout the United States. It is not a secret that the increase in homelessness is stressing the health care system and limiting choices of becoming a healthy individual. The state of the health care system today and the nomadic habits of homeless persons make it impossible for those struggling with homelessness to stay connected to health care services. This project will illuminate the lived experiences of homeless persons as they attempt to connect to health care services. Rosemarie Rizzo Parsc's Theory of Human Becoming is used to frame and guide this study, which took place at an urban drop in homeless shelter. The design of the study relics on qualitative research methods to investigate the phenomenon of connection-disconnection as it impacts homeless persons' choices in accessing health care to maintain or regain their health. Findings support the need for nurse managed health centers housed in homeless shelters.


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