Street nurses walk the neighbourhood trying to find out who's sleeping with whom and then scour hotels and bars looking for their previous partners to persuade them to get tested.
Amy Carmichael, "Syphilis outbreak out of control in Vancouver," December 22, 2003
Ms. FIONA GOLD: Wednesday nights I usually buddy up with drug users in a certain part of Vancouver. It's the east part of Vancouver. And we head out. They have a needle exchange route that they do, and I go along as the nurse. And it's very interesting. I mean, we just run into users in back alleys, you know, hanging around the bus stations, that kind of thing. And very oftenI think what's really important in working as a street nurse is that there's a lot of consistency; that you're just out there the same night, you're there again and again. And any outreach worker knows this but that you're there again and again because very often I think working with people who are struggling with addiction, you have to gain a certain amount of trust. And that trust comes from just being really straightforward, really honest with people.
"Fresh Air," National Public Radio, March 1, 2004
"Nurses Strike," The Canadian Press, July 3, 1990
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