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!
Ralph, it was so good to hear you as a participant on the conference call of the GLMA Finance Committee! It is a breath of fresh air to have more than one nurse participating on these committees! I would encourage anyone in the Nursing Section to find a GLMA committee that interests you and become involved. Adding our nursing perspective to the mix helps everyone see things in a more holistic way and ensures that nurses have a voice!! There is an Education Committee and an External Affairs Committee that might be of particular interest. But, there are others, so check them out!
Looking forward to working together!