Caitlin Stover and Michael Johnson
What a terrific Nursing Summit in St. Louis! We started the day with an inspiring and informative presentation by Tonda Hughes, whose career has always focused on the health of sexual minority women. The title of her presentation “From gay bars to marriage equality: The evolution of research on sexual minority women’s health from one researcher’s perspective” prompted a great discussion!
The networking event that followed was a huge success! It was actually a “speed dating” kind of opportunity to meet and network with folks that we might not otherwise have met!
The plenary panel presentations inspired us to envision possibilities for a career focused on LGBTQ health in nursing. The panel was moderated by Sarah Fogel, nurse member of the GLMA Board. Here are the titles and presenters on the panel:
- Cultural Competence of Nurse Practitioners: Providing Care for Gay and Lesbian Clients: Paul Smith
- LGBTQ Identity in Nursing Education: What’s the Big Deal?: Tracey Rickards
- Guidelines for the Primary and Gender-Affirming Care of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary People: Linda Wesp
- The attitudes of medical surgical nurses toward members of the lesbian and gay community: Allen Smith
After lunch (another great networking time!) our past Chair Mary Foley shared informative guidelines for creating policy change – information that served as a useful foundation for the interest group discussions that followed.
The interest groups formed around LGBTQ Curriculum, Queering Nursing Research, and Trans Health. Here are photos showing folks reporting details of their discussion to the larger group!
Mady Greene, Kasey Jackman, Kelsey Rounds – Queering Nursing Research
Leah Koltz – Trans* Health
Tiffany Cook – LGBTQ Curriculum
All photos provided by Caitlin Stover
Yes — just one more week and the only gathering specifically for, about and by LGBTQ nurses and our allies is happening in St. Louis! It is happening next week on Wednesday September 14 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark . You can see the planned program here! Online registration is no longer available, but if you find that you can join us, come on to St. Louis and you can register on Wednesday morning at the conference. The evening of the 14th is the opening reception for the GLMA conference, which offers amazing educational and inspirational programming for all healthcare providers, and more opportunities to network with LGBTQ colleagues from all healthcare disciplines.
Everyone who attends the Summit will have an experience of a lifetime – a whole day when our focus derives from, and fully expresses, the health concerns of LGBTQ people and their families. In addition, we will explores ways that we can improve nursing care and the environment for LGBTQ people who enter healthcare situations either as patients or providers.
But the most important dimension of the Nursing Summit is simply the experience of being there, networking with friends and colleagues, meeting new people who share our concerns and taking whatever actions we can to improve nursing and health care for LGBTQ people.
If you can’t join us, subscribe to this blog, where we will share all sorts of information about the Summit, and will provide opportunities for everyone to become involved. We will definitely post information about the dates and location of next year’s Summit – so that hopefully you can start planning now to be part of this important movement! So stay tuned – these is much more to come!