Nursing: LGBTQ Competency for Healthcare Professionals

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About the Course

This course provides health care professionals best practices for management of LGBTQ individuals.  The course addresses LGBTQ terminology, health risks and disparities, and statistics nationwide.  It also presents ways to increase access to care for LGBTQ patients and discusses suggestions for increasing staff knowledge of, and sensitivity to, LGBTQ patients.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Define terminology used to describe LGBTQ individuals.
  • Identify LGBTQ statistics.
  • Articulate health care risks and disparities in the LGBTQ population.
  • Suggest changes to increase LGBTQ access to primary care.
  • Describe best practices for training staff to care for patients who identify as LGBTQ.

About the Authors: 

Lisa Simani, MS, APRN, ACNP, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and her master’s degree in nursing from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  Her clinical experience as an acute care nurse practitioner has been primarily in cardiothoracic surgery.  Most recently, she has volunteered as a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Project, a surgical mission group that provides free surgeries to children in developing countries. Lisa has 20 years of publishing experience and has been a lead author in peer-reviewed articles for print and for web-based continuing nursing education provider companies. In her position as Nurse Planner for Elite, she works with the advisory board and subject matter experts to develop evidence-based best practices in continuing education for nurses. She is also a volunteer blogger with Safe Connections, a domestic violence prevention nonprofit organization in St. Louis, Missouri.

Kelly A. Crum, PhD (c), MSN, RN, is a nursing education consultant serving schools on accreditation and curriculum matters. In addition, she currently serves as an international nursing education consultant and is the expert nurse consultant for Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences. With 26 years of nursing education experience, she has held various nursing positions in both clinical and academic settings. Her passion for curriculum and expertise in teaching are the foundations for her endeavors to educate the educator. This passion is reflected in her writing and conference topics.  Currently, she has over 30 workbook titles published with Elsevier, primarily in the areas of maternity, pediatrics, and simulation case studies. Her conference topics include Competency Based Education in Egypt, The Professor’s Role in BSN Education in Guatemala, Building the Nurse Educator’s Capacity to Instruct Students in Managing Chronic Care Across the Lifespan in China, and Clinical Evaluation Best Practices in the United States. In practice, her focus is on international humanitarian work and community volunteerism, as well as her role as a hospice and palliative care nurse.

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