Many people without adequate health coverage are forced to use hospital emergency rooms to seek medical treatment.
But in Fargo-Moorhead, homeless shelters are working to provide full-time nurses to care for those who might otherwise go without it. According to shelters, the care saves patients and hospitals money while providing much needed medical attention.
Sanford registered nurse Pat Brawders has years of intensive care unit and critical care experience and these days is a full time shelter nurse.
On Thursday, March 28, she spoke with a patient who has been sleeping on a mat in the dining room overflow area at Churches United in Moorhead, asking her a series of questions about her health. The patient, who is planning to have surgery this summer, said having a nurse at the shelter saves her a lot of worry.