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Hospice nurse, nurse educator, public health student, gender and sexual minority advocate ... I wear a lot of hats, and those are just the health-related ones.

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).

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.

2018 GLMA Nursing Summit – Overview

What Happened in Vegas

Shown clockwise from top left, our education panel (Briget Maley, Tara Noorani, Dylan Avery, Eileen Glover, Todd Tartavoulle, Jessica Landry, and Mimi Snyder), Hector Vargas, Eileen Glover & Todd Tartavoulle, Regina Washington, Paula Neira, crowd shot, Christine Rodriguez, Page Baker & Rachel Neuschatz, Gal Mayer, and TaMara Griffin. Photos taken by Sarah Bassett. Collage by Diane Verrochi.

This year’s GLMA Nursing Summit was so jam-packed with amazing content that it would be impossible to convey it all in a single blog post.  Therefore, there will be several!  For now, an overview.

We opened with remarks from our Chair, Caitlin Stover, who set the tone for the day and the commitment to keep to our schedule so that we could hear from all our amazing speakers, some of whom are in the collage above.  As is tradition, both GLMA’s executive director, Hector Vargas, and 2018 president, Gal Mayer, spoke briefly to welcome us and to voice their support of the Nursing Section.

Another tradition, started with the Portland Nursing Summit, is the Local Hero Award.  This year, that award went to past chair Michael Johnson.

Local Hero Award

Michael's acceptance

From there, we went into our speakers, listed here, and whose presentations you’ll hear more about in coming weeks.

While this was, of course, after the Summit and Conference, in light of the federal memo reported in the October 21 issue of the New York Times, it is important to note that GLMA has responded with vehement opposition to the attempt to narrow Title IX and other legal protections to a binary definition of gender based upon sex assigned at birth.  The Nursing Section similarly stands with our transgender and intersex members and communities against this attempt to erase their identities, experiences, and legal protections.

 

Summit, Conference, and Workplace Climate Scale

With the awards gala last night, #GLMA2018 has come to a close.  The Nursing Summit was amazing, and there will be plenty about it here in the upcoming weeks!

In the meantime, for those who either weren’t able to attend the Nursing Summit or meant to finish their paper survey but didn’t, here is your invitation to participate electronically in validating this assessment tool developed by the Nursing Section!

Nursing Setting Workplace Climate/Policy Study

We are conducting a needs assessment study of the workplace climate and policies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in nursing clinical and educational settings. We welcome your input on one or both of these settings, regardless of your own identifications. If you agree to participate, click on the link below to complete the survey. It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. If you work in more than one setting, you can do the survey more than once, but make sure you focus on only one setting at a time. This study was approved by the IRB at San Francisco State University, and your participation is both voluntary and anonymous.

Please feel free to share this link with any other nurses you know who might consider participating. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mickey Eliason (meliason@sfsu.edu) or Diane Verrochi (dverrochi@hartford.edu).

Link to survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GXTB5SF 

Meanwhile, stay tuned for an overview of the Nursing Summit as a whole and then the individual sessions!

GLMA Nursing Summit 2018 Keynote

If last week’s agenda post was a little overwhelming, fear not!  We’ll share some of the details between now and October 10.

Our Keynote Speaker, Dr. TaMara Griffin, Sacred Soul SEXucator and Holistic Healer, will be speaking to us about the need for everyone, from clients to clinicians, to practice self care and heal old traumas.  Not just the big capital-T Traumas, but also the little daily traumas that often go unaddressed.

Intrigued?  Go check out her website and her books.  She has some absolutely fascinating and thought-provoking things to say!  And then get ready to come hear her speak at the Nursing Summit on October 10, 2018.

If you haven’t already registered, it’s not too late.  We’re into the late registration period, but better late than never, and we’d love to see you!