Catching Homelessness: A Nurse's Story of Falling Through the Safety Net

Catching Homelessness: A Nurse's Story of Falling Through the Safety Net

by Josephine Ensign

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Catching Homelessness: A Nurse's Story of Falling Through the Safety Net by Josephine Ensign

At the beginning of the homelessness epidemic in the 1980s, Josephine Ensign was a young, white, Southern, Christian wife, mother, and nurse running a new medical clinic for the homeless in the heart of the South. Through her work and intense relationships with patients and co-workers, her worldview was shattered, and after losing her job, family, and house, she became homeless herself. She reconstructed her life with altered views on homelessness—and on the health care system. In Catching Homelessness , Ensign reflects on how this work has changed her and how her work has changed through the experience of being homeless—providing a piercing look at the homelessness industry, nursing, and our country’s health care safety net.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631521171
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 785,977
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Josephine Ensign is an associate professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, where she teaches community health, health policy, and narrative medicine. A graduate of Oberlin College, the Medical College of Virginia, and Johns Hopkins University, she has been a nurse for over thirty years, providing health care for homeless and marginalized populations. She is an alumna of Hedgebrook and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Her essays have appeared in The Sun, The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Pulse, Silk Road, The Intima, The Examined Life Journal, Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine , and the nonfiction anthology I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse , edited by Lee Gutkind. Catching Homelessness is her first book. She lives in Seattle.

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