Nursing: LGBTQ: Cultural Competency for Washington DC Nurses

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About the Course:

This course provides a broad overview of cultural competency pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) persons for nurses in Washington, DC. This course meets the 2 contact hour continuing education requirement for B21-168 LGBTQ Cultural Competency Continuing Education Amendment Act for health care providers in Washington, DC.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Define terminology used to describe LGBTQ individual.
  • List and compare national and Washington, DC, LGBTQ statistics.
  • Identify health care risks and disparities in the LGBTQ population.
  • Suggest changes to increase LGBTQ access to primary care.
  • Describe the American Nurses Association (ANA) Position Statement: Nursing Advocacy for LGBTQ+ Populations (the plus sign symbolizes inclusion).
  • Discuss examples of legislation for those who identify as LGBTQ in Washington, DC.
  • Describe best practices for training staff to care for patients who identify as LGBTQ.

About the Author:
Lisa Simani, MS, APRN, ACNP

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. Lisa's 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 Healthcare, she works with the advisory board and subject matter experts to develop evidence-based best practices in continuing education for nurses. In addition, she is also a volunteer blogger with Safe Connections, a domestic violence prevention nonprofit organization in St. Louis, Missouri.

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