Integrating LGBTQ Content Into Nursing Curricula
The call for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) cultural sensitivity in nursing is not new. In 2011, the JCAHO and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) called for LGBTQ cultural competency as a condition of facility accreditation and CMS reimbursement. Review of nursing curricula to identify and strategically fill gaps in LGBTQ content is needed. Research suggests that undergraduate nursing students hold negative attitudes and beliefs that make them feel uncomfortable about providing care to LGBTQ patients (Eliason & Raheim, 2000; Sirota, 2013). Consequently, effective LGBTQ cultural sensitivity training of nursing students will require more than information. Promoting LGBTQ knowledge, experiential skills, and interpersonal competencies will be critical to ensure that future nurses provide high-quality, sensitive care.
Following this session, participants will be able to:
- Explain LGBTQ terminology and symbols and differentiate the different identities
- Describe nurse and system-based facilitators and barriers to health in LGBTQ patients
- Identify four areas of possible LGBTQ content placement in the undergraduate curriculum.