GLMA Nursing Leadership Statement on Police Brutality and Racism

None of us are free until all of us are free.

As part of an organization built on the essential values of equity, justice and liberation, the leadership of the GLMA nursing section writes today to CONDEMN police brutality, STAND IN SOLIDARITY with those who are impacted by racist systems of oppression, and PLEDGE to examine how we, individually and collectively, can do more to promote a more just world. 

We look forward to continuing the conversation, both within and outside of the nursing community, in the coming months and years. Silence still equals death.

A Call to Share Our Stories

As we head into National Nurses Week (May 6-12), this is a good time to be reminded of the importance of sharing our stories as nurses.  Unless we tell our stories, the general public gets their impression of nursing entirely from news and popular media, and as we all know, that is frequently inaccurate.

GLMA is calling for all LGBTQ+ front line health care workers to share our stories (link).  By participating in this, you not only have the opportunity to educate the public on what nurses do but also on the contributions made by the LGBTQ+ community.  Telling our stories is also an important way of acknowledging and processing your own contributions.  If you are currently working the front lines in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider taking a moment to share your story.

Five More Days to Submit Abstracts

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Abstracts are being accepted through April 15 for both the main GLMA Conference and the Nursing Summit on September 23, 2020.  The same portal will accept abstracts for both the Conference and the Summit, but you can check off which you wish to be considered for (or both).

Particularly in this WHO Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we hope many of you will join us share your hard-won wisdom with one another.

The health and safety of our community is our primary consideration as we continue to plan for the GLMA Annual Conference. We will continue to actively monitor developments to determine whether any changes to conference programming are necessary, and we’ll be sure to communicate any potential changes as soon as we can.

We will also soon have nominations open up for our Local Hero/Shero award.  Think about who in South Florida you would consider to fit that bill, and watch this space for the nominations form!

 

Health Professionals in Training (HPiT) Co-Chair Call for Applications!

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality is seeking a motivated health professional student/trainee who has a passion for healthcare equality and strengthening their leadership skills to join the GLMA Board of Directors in the Health Professional in Training (HPiT) co-chair role. The one-year term begins in the fall with the opportunity for a one-year renewal. 

The HPiT co-chair is the voice for the student and trainee members of GLMA. In addition to being a full voting board member, the position is responsible for co-chairing the HPiT committee, which is tasked with addressing issues important to GLMA student/trainee members. Students/trainees from diverse backgrounds including health profession and geographic locations are encouraged to apply. Residents and fellows are also eligible to apply.

The application will open March 1st.
Deadline is April 5th, 2020, at midnight (PST)

To learn more about the GLMA HPiT Board Member position, please reference the application FAQ. Please feel free to distribute this information to relevant organizations and groups. If you are interested in getting involved in the HPiT committee, join our group on Facebook or email hpitcommittee@glma.org.

Opportunities through the GLMA Health Professionals in Training Committee

GLMA is excited to announce new opportunities for involvement and advocacy through our trainee committee! The skinny: time flexible, skill-building involvement opportunities with short applications. The link to each application contains a full description page with outlined roles and expectations.

1) GLMA Ambassador

GLMA’s HPiT committee will highlight your accomplishments through social media and member emails. We will share an email or preferred contact information and announce your availability to help guide others seeking similar accomplishments. (Special thank you to Jona Tanguay, Cynthia Kuk, and Joshua Lidtke who took the time to spearhead this initiative and oversee its roll out!)

Apply here!

 

2) Queer Curricular Reform

Curricular reform combines advocacy and education while keeping those involved up to date on the clinical forefront of LGBTQ health. This committee’s efforts will provide its advocates with exposure to national health professional groups, knowledge of clinical best practices across disciplines, and the skills to advocate within health systems.

Apply here!

 

3) Social media

This will NOT be your college internship all over again! Social Media members will learn the current LGBTQ health advocacy landscape through generating content for social media and partnering with sibling organizations. Every movement has its message – help craft ours!

Apply here!

 

All are due October 6th, Sunday at midnight PST.

Sign up for committee updates and future opportunities here!

The Denial of Care Rule, the Equality Act, and Nursing Ethics

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights has released what they are referring to as “the final conscience rule protecting health care entities and individuals.” This rule is more broadly being referred to as the Denial of Care Rule, as it prohibits the government from penalizing practitioners or organizations for refusing to provide health care based upon religious conscience.

The president of GLMA, Gal Mayer, MD, has spoken out against this rule in no uncertain terms. In particular, he noted that, “The Denial of Care rule also stands in direct conflict with the Joint Commission and the major medical and health professional associations representing physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers and other healthcare providers that have adopted standards to ensure all patients, including LGBTQ patients, are treated with respect and without bias and discrimination in all healthcare settings.”

The GLMA Nursing Section is in full agreement with President Mayer’s statement. It is absolutely unacceptable that HHS, whose mission is “to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans” would issue a rule that facilitates denial of care for, among others, LGBTQ people.

The Code of Ethics for Nurses states in its first provision that “[t]he nurse practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person.” It also states in provisions two and three that nurses prioritize the health and safety of the patient, both in terms of promoting health and safety and advocating for patients. Provision eight speaks to nurses’ obligation to protect human rights and reduce health disparities, and provision nine speaks to the importance of integrating social justice into both nursing and health policy.

In short, the American Nurses Association has made clear in over half the provisions of the Code that it is the responsibility of nurses to not only provide care to their patients based on their unique needs, but also to advocate for policies that ensure patients’ health and safety are protected. The Denial of Care rule, as Dr. Mayer stated in more general terms, is in direct conflict with the Code of Ethics for Nurses, and, in fact, requires nurses to speak out against this rule.

So, what can nurses do?  Plenty, at many different levels.  Talk about this rule with policy-makers in your workplace.  Bring it up with any of your professional organizations.  And most importantly, call your representative and ask them to support the Equality Act (HR 5/S 788).

Congratulations to Ralph Klotzbaugh!

Our colleague Ralph Klotzbaugh, our first GLMA Nursing Section Budget Officer, just let us know that he has been awarded a 50k internal grant at the University of New Mexico on a study with peer-led support groups for trans folks in New Mexico.  It’s through the Transdisciplinary Research for Equity and Engagement Center at the Health Sciences Center at UNM.  Here are the aims of the study:

  • Investigate an ongoing peer-led support group intervention to describe participant and facilitator demographics, the intervention, and the community-based sites providing this intervention for gender minorities in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Identify intervention participant and intervention peer-leaders’ perspectives on a) intersectional minority stress; b) outcomes of the intervention; and c) input for developing and delivering online peer-led support groups for gender minorities in New Mexico.
  • Develop a gender minority affirming, intersectional behavioral health outcomes measurement tool by operationalizing qualitative participant-informed outcome descriptions (from Aim 2), to inform future intervention research.

Congratulations, Ralph!  I know we will hear more about your work as it progresses!

Leadership Opportunity

This opportunity is open to all health professionals in training, including nursing students at all levels (pre-licensure, enrolled in a nurse residency program, pursuing an advanced degree). Official call for applications follows.

HPiT Co-Chair Call for Applications!

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality is seeking a motivated health professional student/trainee who has a passion for healthcare equality and strengthening their leadership skills to join the GLMA Board of Directors in the Health Professional in Training (HPiT) co-chair role. The one-year term begins in the fall with the opportunity for a one-year renewal.

The HPiT co-chair is the voice for the student and trainee members of GLMA. In addition to being a full voting board member, the position is responsible for co-chairing the HPiT committee, which is tasked with addressing issues important to GLMA student/trainee members. Students/trainees from diverse backgrounds including health profession and geographic locations are encouraged to apply. Residents and fellows are also eligible to apply.

DEADLINE to apply: April 8, 2019, at midnight (PST)

To learn more about the GLMA HPiT Board Member position, please reference the attached application.

Networking reminder!

Last October, I posted the following message on this blog – and I am posting it again – because we have been having a bit of a problem with the networking emails!  We are working on this – so bear with us – we will work it out!  If you are on the networking list and have the link to our Kanban view to find others in your region, the link I have sent before still works!  Wath for an update coming in the next couple of weeks!  And if you are not yet part of the networking group, information about how to join is below!

Our wonderful annual GLMA Nursing Summit is like an oasis in the desert for those of us who are able to attend, and the highlight is networking – meeting old and new friends, finding new connections with others who share our interests and passions for LGBTQIA+ health.  But what about the other 364 days of the year?  And what about possibilities a little bit closer to home?  The GLMA Nursing Section networking group might help!  There is nothing complicated about this group – it is simply a database that we can organize by region and showcase everyone in a gallery  makes it possible to find and connect with other LGBTQIA+ nurses and allies.

If you are not already signed up, here is the link to the form to sign up!  This is not GLMA membership, nor is it GLMA Nursing Section membership – it just gets you signed up for the networking database.  The benefit is that you will get a link to see a “kanban” view consisting off “cards” for everyone in the group, organized by your geographical region.  At this point, there are lots of regions (mostly states) that have no one – yet – and many that have only one or two people.  But over time that will change, and if you are part of the group, you can help change that! Your connection of course is not limited to just your region or neighboring regions – You can explore any region to find people who share your interest, and contact them by email

The Kanban view is password protected, and you have to have the link to sign in. Once you are part of the group, you will receive an email every few weeks reminding you of he link to the Kanban view, and a reminder of the password (which will change from time to time).  So join us! And if you already are in the group, encourage your friends to join us, and check the Kanban view frequently to welcome new networkers!

Networking, anyone?

Our wonderful annual GLMA Nursing Summit is like an oasis in the desert for those of us who are able to attend, and the highlight is networking – meeting old and new friends, finding new connections with others who share our interests and passions for LGBTQIA+ health.  But what about the other 364 days of the year?  And what about possibilities a little bit closer to home?  The GLMA Nursing Section networking group might help!  There is nothing complicated about this group – it is simply a database that we can organize by region and showcase everyone in a gallery  makes it possible to find and connect with other LGBTQIA+ nurses and allies.

If you are not already signed up, here is the link to the form to sign up!  This is not GLMA membership, nor is it GLMA Nursing Section membership – it just gets you signed up for the networking database.  The benefit is that you will get a link to see a “kanban” view consisting off “cards” for everyone in the group, organized by your geographical region.  At this point, there are lots of regions (mostly states) that have no one – yet – and many that have only one or two people.  But over time that will change, and if you are part of the group, you can help change that! Your connection of course is not limited to just your region or neighboring regions – You can explore any region to find people who share your interest, and contact them by email

The Kanban view is password protected, and you have to have the link to sign in. Once you are part of the group, you will receive an email every few weeks reminding you of he link to the Kanban view, and a reminder of the password (which will change from time to time).  So join us! And if you already are in the group, encourage your friends to join us, and check the Kanban view frequently to welcome new networkers!