Guide helps nurses care for LGBT patients
“For many healthcare providers, it isn’t a case of not wanting to be inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients, but rather a sense that it isn’t an issue — or, when it is, confusion about how to talk around it — that gets in the way,” said Jody M. Huckaby, PFLAG’s Executive Director.
The new guide was created with the assistance of a diverse community of healthcare professionals, including nurses. Topics include:
- The case for inclusion
- Understanding and identifying personal barriers around LGBT issues — and how to overcome them
- Simple, non-political ways to signal acceptance
The guide also includes sample inclusive intake forms, nondiscrimination policies and links to other resources. It can be downloaded for free at www.straightforequality.org.
Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.
By Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN