San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, De Queen, Arkansas. All over the country, RNs are working to provide exemplary care, no matter the age, income, race, or national origin of their patients. But if RNs and other healthcare providers are not sensitive to their patients’ immigration status and understand all the ramifications of living life in fear of government discovery or without access to serv- ices that legal residents take for granted, they, like San Juan, can miss things. Or assume things they shouldn’t—even something so basic as what it means to be “healthy.” Doing so can have very real consequences for not only individual undocumented patients, but society as a whole.
This story was produced as part of the Dennis A. Hunt Health Journalism Fund, a grant from the California Endowment and University of Southern California.
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