Inclusion of LGBTQ+ Healthcare into Nursing Education

Inclusion of LGBTQ+ Healthcare into Nursing Education

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) community is a specialized patient population that deserves health care providers prepared to meet their needs. However, health education programs have been deficient in meeting this need. The goal of this presentation is to assist attendees in identifying resources for LGBTQ+ heath information and determining best practices for incorporating this information into their programs and their classrooms.


Mark C. Hand, PhD, RN, CNE

Dr. Mark Hand is a Clinical Associate Professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He received his PhD in Nursing at East Carolina University in 2015. He has over 25 years of nursing experience in Medical/Surgical, Oncology, Orthopedics and Perianesthesia Nursing. He has taught in ADN, BSN & Graduate Nursing programs. He is currenlty on the Board of Governors of the National League for Nursing. He is a Certified Nurse Educator and a recipient of the Excellence in Classroom and Clinical Teaching Daisy Award. He has written and published in nursing journals and presented at several nursing conferences locally and nationally.

Stephanie Gedzyk-Nieman, DNP, RNC-MSN

Stephanie Gedzyk-Nieman (she/her(s)), DNP, RNC-MNN is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Duke University School of Nursing. She holds specialty certification in Maternal-Newborn Nursing and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Healthcare Ally designation from The Ohio State University. Prior to her arrival at Duke in July 2020, Dr. Gedzyk-Nieman was an Associate Professor at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. There she taught both didactic and clinical for the Childbearing Families course, as well as Professional Development, Role Transition, and Evidenced-Based Practice to baccalaureate and accelerated baccalaureate students. Furthermore, she was a sought-after preceptor for students in the Chicagoland area pursuing an MSN in Nursing Education. Dr. Gedzyk-Nieman’s scholarship and research interests include diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nursing profession, nursing education, and patient care. In addition to peer-reviewed publications, she has been invited to speak about these topics at national and international conferences. Her work on attitudes of acceptance of male nurses among female nurses was also a finalist for the 2018 Excellence in Educational Research Award at Sigma’s International Nursing Congress in Sydney, Australia. Additionally, Dr. Gedzyk-Nieman is one of the faculty advisors for the Duke Chapter of the American Association for Men in Nursing (DAAMN) and for the Duke Chapter of the Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health (DNSRH).