New Jersey - LGBTQI Older Adult Resident Rights in Long-Term Care


About the Course

In March of 2021, the governor or New Jersey signed into law and new and comprehensive Bill of Rights for LGBTQI and HIV+ residents of long-term care facilities1.  The law is very clear and provides specific examples for education and agency compliance. This course describes that law in detail and provides strategies that individuals working in long-term care as well as administrators may use to meet the new regulations of inclusion.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the scope and extent of the aging LGBTQI population.
  • To discuss the NJ LGBTQI Law and its importance.
  • To articulate the various provisions of NJ LGBTQI Law and penalties for violation.
  • Identify strategies for adapting long term care facilities to meet the needs of LGBTQI aging adults.
  • Identify challenges to implementing the NJ LGBTQI law within facilities.
  • Identify ways to approach the implementation and compliance with the new LGBTQI law.
  • Identify strategies for creating inclusive environments in long term care facilities to meet the needs of LGBTQI aging adults.
  • Describe the significance of creating an inclusive long term care space for elderly intersectional LGBTQI populations (HIV+, Ethnic racial minority).
  • Discuss ways in which healthcare providers in long-term care facilities, and interprofessional teams can address diversity, equity, racism, stigma and barriers to care for LGBTQI populations.

About the Author
Sheldon D. Fields,  PhD, RN, AACRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, is a nursing educator, practitioner, researcher, policy analyst, administrator, and entrepreneur. He graduated from Binghamton University becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1995. He completed his PhD in nursing science at the University of Pennsylvania and post-doctoral work in the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California San Francisco. He is a well-known HIV prevention research scientist who has maintained a primary focus on HIV prevention and treatment among underserved populations. He is lifetime member of the National Black Nurses Association and currently serves as the association’s national first vice-president. In 2020 he was appointed to be the inaugural Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion in the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State University. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners honored him with the Towers Pinnacle Award in 2020. He holds fellowship status in the National Academies of Practice, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Academy of Nursing.   

How to Receive Credit 

  • View the entire recording which requires a 4-hour commitment of time. 
  • At the end of the course, either answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity or complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75% is required). Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  •  Provide required personal and payment information.
  •  Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  •  Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest 
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.  

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Accreditations and Approvals
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider?of nursing continuing?professional development?by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.