Saturday, October 18th was a momentous day for LGBTQ nurses! The American Academy of Nursing LGBTQ Expert Panel (established in 2012) met at 8 am, with a significant number of GLMA Nursing Section members present! In addition, Ed Craft, GLMA VP for External Affairs and Chief Nursing Cheerleader, and Emily Kane-Lee, GLMA staff member
Selfie – Laura and Peggy
representing Executive Director Hector Vargas, also joined the meeting to indicate GLMA’s support for a cooperative working relationship between our two organizations! I wish I had more photos to share .. the 2 posted here were selfies with Laura and with Sarah!
After the Expert Panel meeting, GLMA Nursing Section leaders met with Emily
Selfie – Sarah and Peggy
and Ed to follow through on a number of organizational issues. The GLMA Section folks present were Mary Foley, Chair; Laura Hein and Sarah Fogel, GLMA Board members and new inductees in the Academy! I was there as the web manager and because of my role in the creation of the GLMA Nursing Section.
We had a wonderful discussion, dominated by not only a spirit, but explicit intent and actions to assure a positive and constructive ongoing relationship between the Section leadership and the GLMA Board and staff, as well as ongoing collaborative relationships with the Academy Expert Panel. Here are the “big” specific topics we focused on:
- The transition from our “Commitment to Join” process for our Section, to the formal and official process to join the GLMA nursing section! Emily has this process well underway and described how this will work – the system will be ready in the next 1 to 2 weeks – so stay tuned for details on this coming soon!
- A process to assure coordination and communication with the GLMA staff and board. Emily and Ed agreed that the great work of our Workgroups needs to move ofrward with the details of specific projects worked out internally. But when we get to the point of communication and interactions with other nursing organizations and institutions as representatives of the GLMA Nursing Section, we will establish a process to inform GLMA staff and seek their go-ahead for any new initiatives. Emily will develop a format for letters and emails from the Nursing Section to any external group, and we will communicate to all Workgroup leaders the guidelines for moving forward with this kind of initiative.
- Follow-up on the topic of financial support for the Section that we had discussed during the Academy LGBT Expert Panel meeting. Members of the Expert Panel suggested the possibility of Expert Panel members seeking financial support for student members of the GLMA Nursing Section for attendance at the annual GLMA Nursing Summit and conference.
- Exploring the possibility of having a liaison between the GLMA Nursing Section and the Academy Expert Panel – someone who is an active member of both organizations and who can work to assure ongoing cooperation and mutual support between the two groups.
Overall, we established a firm foundation for working together, not only within the GLMA organization, but for collaboration between GLMA and the Academy! So stay tuned — I am sure much more will come in the days and weeks to come!
Michael is a lecturer in the School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also finishing his PhD in Nursing Science in the College of Nursing at Medical University of South Carolina. He has published a number of articles related to LGBT populations. His current research examines predictors of cervical cancer screening among LGBT females, including transmen. Here is a message from Michael:
Michael Johnson and Matthew Roell
Hello! First, congratulations to everyone who was involved with establishing the GLMA Nursing Section! It is an exciting time to be part of this movement in nursing. I look forward to working with the leadership group and the members of the GLMA Nursing Section, and I am confident that wonderful things will come from this section. Momentum can already be seen among the different workgroups! If you are interested in being part of this momentum, please email a workgroup leader or any of the leadership team. I look forward to collaborating with everyone as we work toward advancing LGBT health equality!
Just like Mary Foley, I could not do this work without the love and support of my husband, Matthew Roell. The picture to the right is of him and I during a winter vacation in London, England.
At the 2014 GLMA Nursing Summit we had a small but very dedicated group! Amy Wilson-Stronks has provided notes from our brainstorming discussion, which are now posted for download on our workgroup page. Peggy Chinn will be our workgroup leader for the coming year, but we are seeking others to help us work on a very specific project – a fact sheet to guide assessing and creating a positive, welcoming organizational culture for LGBTQ people and families.
At the Summit our group discussed general concepts around organizational climate, and what a campaign might look like to promote positive organizational climates for LGBTQ people wherever nurses work. We are continuing to brainstorm a “bumper sticker” message or slogan that we might use to launch a widespread campaign to promote LGBTQ equity and overcome homophobia in nursing. We are starting with a relatively “simple” task of putting together a fact sheet that we can distribute far and wide! Please join us in working on this important, and we think very fun, project! Complete the contact form workgroup page to join us, and we will get our workgroup organized!
Ralph with his spaniels!
Ralph is an assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire in the School of Nursing. His research includes issues related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) health equity and the essential role of nursing in ensuring advocacy for this population. He is currently working on a research project investigating levels of LGBT inpatient hospital satisfaction, as well as research involving perceptions of care among inpatient psychiatric patients identifying as LGBT. Ralph also works as a family nurse practitioner at a community health clinic in Somersworth, New Hampshire. He has also served as a board member and officer for the Southern Tier AIDS program in Binghamton, New York. He is currently developing an LGBT identified faculty and staff organization at the University of New Hampshire and volunteering at the Southern New Hampshire HIV/AIDS Task Force. Wow! Here is a message from Ralph as he assumes this role on the Section leadership team:
Hi, I just wanted to take a moment to say how great it was to meet everyone and how invigorating the nursing summit was to our professional and personal collective health! Sometimes, in the cold blustery days of winter in New England, the work of an out queer faculty member in nursing doing queer research seems to be a solitary act and commitment. Of course I know that this is not the case: we may be few (so far) but we are happily not alone and the nursing summit serves as a reminder and motivator for us all to keep up our collective efforts in improving LGBT related healthcare. For this I thank you all! I am beyond excited and thrilled to be part of the leadership team in the nursing section of the GLMA.
Join me in welcoming Ralph as our Budget Officer! Leave your messages and good wishes for Ralph here!
Please join us in welcoming the 2015 GLMA Nursing Summit Planning Committee. We welcome your input and ideas over the next eleven months to make Portland a memorable experience! You can use the planning group contact form on the web site to share your ideas!
Caitlin Stover returning member and Planning group Chair
Rob Carroll returning member
Jose Pares-Avila returning member
Sarah Sanders returning member
Alison McManus returning member