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From The Fanlight Collection
Bevel Up: Drugs, Users & Outreach Nursing
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film stillHow can nurses deliver effective and compassionate healthcare to drug users? This taut, compelling documentary follows a team of "street nurses" as they reach out to prevent HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases by taking their services directly to the young people, sex workers, and homeless men and women living in the alleys, parks, shelters, and skid row hotels of the inner city.

Focusing on the principles of health promotion and harm reduction, the dedicated registered nurses of British Columbia's groundbreaking Street Nurse Program provide health care to these profoundly underserved populations in traditional clinic settings or wherever their patients can be found.

Bevel Up is the core of an innovative training package that features the 45-minute documentary as well as a chaptered version divided into eight sections, with each chapter followed by commentary from the nurses, a nursing ethicist and a nursing practitioner. Additional teaching material includes 26 interviews with experts on topics related to drug use (mental health and drugs, pregnancy and drugs, native American issues, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, addiction, sex work, rural nursing, etc.) French subtitles are also available. A 100-page Teaching Guide augments the DVD with lesson plans, ideas for discussion, and additional resources. From the National Film Board of Canada.

BEVEL UP Training Package includes:
45 Minute Video Documentary on DVD
Almost 4 hours of additional video teaching & discussion material
100-Page Teacher's Guide in both English and French versions

The Street Nurse Program has been featured on the National Public Radio Program, Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

"The Street Nurse Program symbolizes best nursing practices and an organizational commitment to patient care and harm reduction practices for some of British Columbia's most marginalized individuals."—Provincial Health Officer's Award for Excellence

"An eye opening resource for community nurses. This has changed my entire perception of nursing and harm reduction! / An inspiration. Makes me remember why I wanted to go into nursing in the first place."—Comments from Student Nurses and Social Workers

"As a recovered addict, I think it is so important that nursing and social work students see this film. So few people know the realities of homelessness and addictions. Well done!"—from a Student Social Worker

"Should become a mandated tool for nursing students. The multitude of topics and ethical questions covered is outstanding / Identifies those qualities & skills that are often hard to define in our work / I would use this in policy workshops around harm reduction. A wonderful resource."—Comments from Practicing Nurses & Nursing Educators

"The level of detail is key to the effectiveness of this package as an educational resource. ...valuable for all nursing programs at the college level...and additionally for all social work programs."—Educational Media Reviews Online

Hot Docs International Film Festival, 2008 Official Selection
12th Annual PRISM Awards, Original DVD
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
American Academy of Nursing

45 minutes / Color
English / English subtitles
Release: 2007
Copyright: 2007

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Study guide available

Subject areas:
Community & Public Health, Ethics, Fanlight Collection, HIV/AIDS, Health Care Issues, Healthcare History & Policy, Homelessness, Nursing, Substance Abuse / Addiction

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