GLMA Nurses working for Diversity and Inclusion at NLN

Laura C. Hein and Patti Zuzelo of the GLMA Nursing Section Leadership Team were invited to serve on the National League for Nursing (NLN) Strategic Action Group for Diversity in Nursing Education.   Nine nurses (two of whom were NLN leaders) spent the last two days discussing diversity and how to make nursing education more inclusive. Patti and I represented the LGBTQ community and emphasized the importance of recognizing and embracing all of our diversity. The current NLN Diversity Statement includes sexual orientation but does not include gender identity or gender expression. In my role as a GLMA board member and GLMA nursing leadership team I emphasized the importance of including “gender identity and gender expression” in NLN’s diversity and mission statement.

Our Diversity Action Group created a rough first draft of NLN’s Diversity Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan. We will have a final version published by February 2015.  Patti and I will continue to represent GLMA nurses and work to advance inclusive LGBTQ policies at NLN.

NLN dinner Sign


  1. That is great news! Congratulations Laura and Patti. I hope one day the Nursing Education Perspective will have a call for papers for LGBT Health Nursing Education. It is about time!



  2. Congratulation Laura and Patti! And thank you for all you do. I hope that the NLN journal Nursing Education Perspectives will have a call for papers for LGBT health in nursing education.

    Best regards,



  3. Hello Laura,

    I vaguely recall seeing a document of the NLN position statement on diversity but I cannot find it. Can you please share them with me. My email is

    Thanks so much.



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