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Caring for chronic addictions and the plight of the houseless person

Contributed on July 4, 2022, last updated February 28, 2024.



Salima Bano Virani, Centennial College

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The goal of this simulation is to increase learner’s awareness about management of Alcohol addictions for a client who is homeless. This simulation will explore critical and focused assessment for a client with alcohol abuse (CIWA). It will also help the learners to apply social determinants of health for Homeless populations by collaborating with an interprofessional team.

Learning Objectives:

Perform Holistic assessment for a patient with chronic Alcohol use disorder (Medical assessment / CIWA , substance addiction and community assessment)

Understand and acknowledge your own cultural Biases and stereotyping attitude towards the homeless and addiction population.

Identify and communicates concerns for client well being to an appropriate healthcare team members (Interprofessional team)

Perform priority nursing interventions for a client who overuses Alcohol chronically.

Collaborate with an interprofessional team for the management of chronic addictions for a client in a hospital and community setting.

Simulation Modality:

Virtual gaming simulation / virtual patient


This simulation’s scenario and script were formally peer-reviewed by two external institutions, then the final simulation was pilot tested by several students on a student testing committee then as part of the Virtu-WIL Student Program’s rollout.


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Virani SB. Caring for chronic addictions and the plight of the houseless person. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2022. Available from

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Target Learners






Undergraduate / post-secondary

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