As patient populations become more diverse, it is important that healthcare professionals be able to serve all patient populations and create an environment that is comfortable for all patients.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) patients have often been overlooked, but 4.5 percent of American adults identify as LGBTQ+. These individuals often face stigma, lack of awareness, and insensitivity to their unique needs. Healthcare professionals in the hospital, skilled nursing facilities, and the home health settings should be able to provide quality care to all patients, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. The goal of this course is to train healthcare professionals in the skills to effectively communicate with and serve LGBTQ+ patients.
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
- Define LGBTQ+-inclusive terminology in order to better communicate with and about LGBTQ+ people
- Describe health and social challenges faced historically by LGBTQ+ patients, particularly discrimination in the healthcare setting
- Discuss different methods of creating a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQ+ patients
- Explain the legal and professional obligation to treat LGBTQ+ patients in a nondiscriminatory manner, as well as penalties for failing to meet legal and professional standards
This educational activity was developed to teach nurses and healthcare professionals how to provide patient-centered care for LGBTQ+ patients.
This educational activity qualifies for 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit.
This educational activity written by Anita Fitzgerald, PhD, RN, AGNP, CNE and Ruth Kramer, RN, BSN, MA.