Indwell nurses span regions across southern Ontario, providing a variety of supports in each community while working together cross-regionally. A day in the life of an Indwell nurse might include basic wound care, coordinating medications, providing diet information for a tenant with diabetes, talking a tenant through their mental health struggles, and helping people access community supports. Our roles go far beyond the walls of our buildings. Being part of a bigger community is what makes nursing at Indwell so fulfilling.
Joining forces with community partners provides holistic care that meets the needs of tenants with complex health challenges that may not otherwise be addressed. For example, our tenants may access health education from a hospital social worker, sexual health clinics from Public Health, and a primary care clinic from a local health network that reaches the most vulnerable, such as Steve (see next paragraph).
Steve has recently been in contact with Indwell’s nurses requesting assistance to gain admission to a 90-day drug rehabilitation facility. Working with housing supports, nursing, and the Shelter Health Network clinic allowed Steve medical clearance, communication tools, advocacy, and transportation to a program in an entirely different city. With wraparound support, Steve is able to manage his addiction. He never hesitates to share his gratitude and appreciation for the whole Indwell community.
What’s the best part of nursing at Indwell? The freedom to be creative and autonomous while working together to find a solution
for someone who has struggled to find healing for years. The relationships we build show us we are part of something bigger than ourselves and allows us to feel a great sense of purpose.