Explore All 10 Bevel Up Educational Playlists

Explore All 10 Bevel Up Educational Playlists

Explore All 10 Bevel Up Educational Playlists

Bevel Up is a professional learning resource that follows street nurses as they deliver non-judgmental, compassionate and trauma-informed healthcare to people who use drugs and work in the sex trade on the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

  • At its heart, Bevel Up is a 45-minute documentary that can be seen in whole or divided into eight chapters. Each chapter is augmented by menus that further explore the medical, legal and ethical questions raised in the street encounters portrayed in the documentary.
  • Bevel Up creates a dialogue for exploring stigma and discrimination. It demonstrates what a non-judgmental relationship can look like between nurses and people who use drugs.  
  • It was originally launched in 2007 as an interactive DVD with a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide.
  • The documentary is now, for the first time, available for free online at NFB.ca.

What content can you find online?

  • 10 playlists include a total of 4.5 hours of digitized audiovisual content supported by a 100-page Teacher’s Guide in PDF format.

Bevel Up – Drugs, Users and Outreach Nursing, Nettie Wild, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Chapter 1 – Opening

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In the film’s opening chapter, the nurses pack their bags and head to the streets. Their interactions demonstrate the complexities of delivering effective and non-judgemental health care to people who use drugs.

Chapter 2 – Wheels & Barry

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Chapter 2 examines the challenges outreach nurses face when they take health care to the city’s streets, parks, alleys, and hotels.

Chapter 3 – Linda

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Chapter 3 demonstrates communication skills and how to negotiate with people who are using drugs.

Chapter 4 – Becky & Liz

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In Chapter 4, the street nurses confront a practice challenge and a difficult ethical question; they attempt to bring health care to a pregnant woman who is using drugs and contemplate how to respond when their health-care agenda clashes with the needs of the person receiving care.

Chapter 5 – Street Youth

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In Chapter 5, the nurse uses harm-reduction strategies to help youth stay safe on the streets—including while they’re using drugs.

Chapter 6 – Lee

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Chapter 6 follows the street nurses as they create a non-judgmental and safe environment in the outreach van when providing health care to a sex worker who uses drugs.

Chapter 7 – Long Tran

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There are often significant hurdles for nurses working with refugees or immigrants who use drugs, including language barriers and dealing with people who are living with the effects of trauma and social isolation.

Chapter 8 – Conclusion

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The day is over, but the street nurses’ work has only just begun. Find out how nurses care for themselves and listen as they talk about shaping harm-reduction practice.

All Reflections on Practice

A collection of all the Reflections on Practice for the Bevel Up series.

All +Topics

A collection of all the +Topics for the Bevel Up series.

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