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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!

Nursing Summit 2018 Agenda

Today is the last day to register without a late fee for the GLMA Nursing Summit.  In case you are on the fence, here’s our agenda. It’s full of speakers and presentations you won’t want to miss!

Time Agenda Item/Speaker Topic
7:15 Registration and networking breakfast
8:00 Hector Vargas, JD, GLMA Executive Director

Gal Mayer, MD, MS, GLMA President

GLMA Nursing Section Leadership Team

Michael Johnson, RN, PhD, GLMA Nursing Section Past Chair

Welcome
8:30 Rachell A. Ekroos, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, AFN-BC

she/her/hers

Sexual Violence among LGBTQ Idenfying Persons
9:15 Dawn Koonkongsatian, MSN Ed, RN, COI

she/her/hers

Healing environments for gender-diverse women
9:25 Amy Hequembourg, PhD

she/her/hers

The Role of Trauma in Alcohol Dependence among Sexual Minority Women
9:40 Paige Baker-Braxton, Psy.D.

she/her/hers

Rachel Neuschatz, MSN, RN

they/them/theirs

Centering the Narrative of TGNC Survivors: A Community Approach to Prevention & Intervention of Sexual Violence
10:00 Break 25 minutes
10:25 Kodiak Soled, MSN, RN (anticipated to be completed by Sept 2018);

she/her/hers

Healthcare Provider Knowledge Gaps and Acquisition of Transgender Health Education
10:35 Christine Rodriguez, APRN, FNP-BC, MDiv, MA

she/her/hers

Transgender Health: A look at Gender-Sensitive Healthcare
11:00 Amy Daly MBA, BSN, RN CCRN

they/them/theirs

Trans inclusive healthcare spaces
11:10 Regina Washington, DrPH

she/her/hers

Walking the Talk: Addressing E-ciggs in the LGBT community
12:00PM Lunch/Business Meeting

Mickey Eliason

she/her/hers

Diane Verrochi

she/her/hers

Business Meeting

Workplace Climate Scale validation  

1:00 Jerome (Jerry) Steffe, MSN, MPH, ARNP-C

he/him/his

VA Nurses providing care to LGB Veterans
1:10 Paula M. Neira JD, MSN, RN, CEN

she/her/hers

Serving Those Who Served: Caring for LGBTQ Veterans and Military Personnel
1:25 Dr. Tamara Griffin Keynote
2:25 Wendy A. Ritch, MA, MTS

she/her/hers

Rise of the Queerburb – Relationships Among the Domestic Migration of LGBTQ+ Populations, Health Policy, Health Equity, and Health Care Provider Cultural Competence
2:35 Break
3:00 Tara Noorani, BSN, RN, FNP Candidate

she/her/hers
Dylan Avery, BSN, RN

he/him/his

The Integration of LGBT Health into the NHWSN Nursing Curriculum
Randy E. Gross PhD, RN, NP, CNS, WHNP-BC, ACNS-BC, AOCNP®, AOCNS®

he/him/his
Bridget Maley MS, RN

she/her/hers

A Writing Assignment to Address Gaps regarding LGBT+ Health in the Curriculum for Associate Degree Nursing Students
Marianne Snyder PhD, MSN, RN

she/her/hers

Beliefs, Behaviors, and Experiences of Advanced Practice Nurses with Lesbian and Gay Patients: Qualitative Findings from a Mixed Methods Study
Eileen Glover, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC

she/her/hers

Patient satisfaction and culturally competent care for the LGBT population: a retrospective explanatory study
Todd Tartavoulle DNS, APRN, CNS-BC.

he/him/his
Jessica Landry, DNP, FNP-BC

she/her/hers

Advocacy Training: Delivering Culturally Sensitive Care to LGBTQI Patients
3:45 Maria McQuade, MA

she/her/hers

Faith-based Healthcare and the LGBT Community: Opportunities and Barriers for Equitable Care
4:00 Bryan Kutner, PhD, MPH

He/him/his

Stigma Toward Anal Sexuality is Linked to Discomfort in Health Care and Less Engagement in HIV Prevention among Cisgender MSM: Implications for Health Workers
4:10 Sarah Zollweg, RN, BSN

she/her/hers

Improving LGBTQIA Health: Nursing Policy Can Make a Difference
4:25 Caitlin Stover, PhD, RN

she/her/hers

Closing Remarks

Evaluation Collection

 

Continuing  Nursing Education  Credits

GLMA  is approved  by the California  Board of Registered  Nursing, Provider Number  16038, to provide nursing continuing  education credits. The GLMA Nursing Summit  is approved for 7.5 contact hours.

In  order  to cover  GLMAs administrative  costs, there will be  a $30 charge for issuance  of CE certificates. Those attending  and claiming credit for the GLMA Annual  Conference will only pay the administrative  fee once (for both the Nursing Summit certificate and  the Annual  Conference certificate).  CME is not available at  the Summit. Please see the  Registration Desk at the Summit for more information  or to  pay the  fee.

This agenda is subject, of course, to last-minute adjustments.  We hope nobody’s plane is canceled or delayed, for example, but if that (or similar) occurs for a presenter, the schedule will be adjusted accordingly.

We hope to see you there!

6 Days Left to Register!

There are six days left to register for the GLMA Nursing Summit at the regular registration price!

In addition to the topics mentioned earlier, we will be having a panel discussion on innovative strategies for promoting awareness among healthcare providers.  You won’t want to miss this, so save yourself a little money by registering to attend before the late registration fees go into effect on September 18!

 

Remember to Register

Just a quick reminder that regular registration for the GLMA Annual Conference and Nursing Summit ends on September 17.

Topics that will be addressed at the Nursing Summit include

  • e-cigarettes,
  • transgender health,
  • stigma and anal sexuality,
  • sexual violence,
  • sex work,
  • trauma and alcohol among sexual minority women,
  • religio-cultural competence and LGBTQ health, and
  • health policy.

Our Keynote Speaker is  Dr. TaMara Griffin,  a certified clinical sexologist and sex therapist, from the The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.

After the Summit, Conference plenary sessions include

  • Federal LGBTQ Health Policy Under the Trump Administration
  • Treating the Whole Patient: Addressing the Lack of Community-Based Participatory Research for the DSD/Intersex Population and the Role of Patient Advocacy
  • Sexual and Gender Minority Research at the National Institute of Health
  • The New Normal: Increasing PrEP Uptake Using Digital Media
  • Kimberly Clermont Memorial Lecture on Lesbian Health: Interventions for Healthy Aging Among Mature Black Lesbians: Recommendations Gathered through Community-Based Research
  • Stanley Biber Memorial Lecture on Transgender Health: Providing Gender Affirming and Patient Centered Care to Trans Masculine Individuals: Findings from a National Survey of Trans Masculine Individuals

There is a preliminary program available so that you can see the wealth of other sessions planned.

You won’t want to miss this, so save yourself a little money and register before late fees start on September 18!

Summit Registration and Section Leadership

There is still time to register online for the GLMA Nursing Summit!  The deadline for regular registration is September 17.  Save yourself a late fee and register here now!

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. TaMara Griffin,  a certified clinical sexologist and sex therapist, from the The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.  As it says in her website bio, “[her] Purpose is to help folks heal and move past the -ish that’s been holding them back, so that they can own their sexuality, experience their authenticity and vibrate and operate from their highest self!”

Also, our 2018-2019 leadership team and leaders-in-training will be announced at the summit.  Are you interested in joining the leadership team or the leaders-in-training?  Please email current chair, Caitlin Stover!  This is a great way to increase your involvement in the Nursing Section and develop your leadership skills.

We look forward to seeing you at the Summit!

Come one, come all, to the 2018 GLMA Nursing Summit!

While it’s still early days for a detailed agenda, plans for the GLMA Nursing Summit on October 10, 2018 are taking shape.  There will be a wealth of nursing knowledge and skills presented on topics such as

  • e-cigarettes,
  • transgender health,
  • stigma and anal sexuality,
  • sexual violence,
  • sex work,
  • trauma and alcohol among sexual minority women,
  • religio-cultural competence and LGBTQ health, and
  • health policy.

Nurses at all levels of training and practice will find plenty to learn as well as the opportunity to connect with other nurses.  Remember to bring your business cards – this is the exact sort of thing they are for!  You may also be interested in joining our networking database, a new and growing project to make it easier for nurses interested and involved in LGBTQ health to connect.

Also, there is still time to register at the early bird rates!  The early bird registration deadline has been extended to 7/31/18.  Click here for details and to register.  It’s to your benefit to register while the rates are discounted, and it also helps with planning if we know roughly how many people to expect.

Watch this space for updates on the agenda and other GLMA Nursing Section news!  Click “follow” to receive an email alert whenever a new blog post goes up.

 

Politics and LGBTQ Health

A common theme lately is politics.  The impact of various pieces of legislation and policies on LGBTQ health.  The election of LGBTQ people to public office.  Actions taken to resist harmful policies and political trends.

Now, the GLMA Nursing Section wants to hear from you!  What experiences do you have to share on the relationship between politics and LGBTQ health?  Please take the poll below and let us know!

 

Political Experiences, Interests, and LGBTQ Health

On Being Inclusive

One of the things we strive for, given our mission, is to be inclusive within the Nursing Section.  That makes sense, as we are working to ensure that our health systems are inclusive of and responsive to all across the gender and sexual spectra.  Since we’re a group of humans, though, it is definitely a work in progress.

At this past Summit in Philadelphia, I was ecstatic to meet a couple of LPNs in attendance.  Having spent the first part of my clinical career in sub-acute and long-term care, I have a healthy respect for the knowledge and expertise of LPNs and the role they play in those settings.  In New England, it seems this is the primary area, along with home care, that LPNs remain a strong presence, as many hospitals have adopted RN-only policies, but I gathered from those I met at the Summit that this is not the case in other regions of the country.  LPNs and LVNs are part of our front-line of patient care, and we need them as much as any other nurse to help in this work.

We definitely want to make sure we’re inclusive of all our nurses, from LPN/LVN through APRN.  But I also heard from those nurses that they weren’t sure how they would be received, as their perception was that the Nursing Section is primarily for RNs, and particularly RNs in academia.  That’s not a perception that I think any of us want or intend to be projecting!

One item I identified as an obvious (and easy-to-fix) cue was our Twitter handle.  Originally, it was the Twitter handle of the research work group, so GLMA_RNs was intended to capture both the fact we were “research nurses” and that the group at the time was composed entirely of “registered nurses.”  Since that has evolved, and now that Twitter handle is for the whole section, however, that wordplay is obsolete and the handle definitely signals “we’re all RNs here.”  So it has been changed, and you can now find us on Twitter at @GLMA_Nsg .

If you are an LPN or LVN or just have thoughts on how we can be more inclusive of all nurses, please share those thoughts in the comments.

Banned or Not, Avoiding These Words is a Concern

In the wake of the article in the Washington Post on December 15 stating that the current administration has banned the use of specific words in budget documents from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including, “transgender,” “fetus,” and “evidence-based,” several organizations, including GLMA, have made statements opposing this.  

From GLMA: “This past year, the Trump administration has continually demonstrated that it is no ally of the transgender community, nor the entire LGBTQ community, by issuing policy to ban transgender individuals in the military, rescinding protection guidelines for transgender students in schools, eliminating gender identity questions from surveys of older Americans, and fighting gender-identity non-discrimination regulations in healthcare. This directive is yet another attack on transgender individuals.”

From the ANA: “From the very first days of Florence Nightingale’s work, nurses have relied on evidence-based practice to provide quality care. News stories indicating that the Administration told the CDC not to use words including “diverse,” “vulnerable,” and “evidence-based,” have sparked justifiable concern.”

In the Washington Post report, the CDC is said to have been given alternative phrases, as follow:

In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or ­“evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes,” the person said. In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.

This alternative is even more alarming for LGBTQ issues, since this “alternative” leaves wide open the ability of certain communities that do not wish to acknowledge LGBTQ existence, much less rights, to have the right to deny the science and evidence that points to serious disparities in our communities.

The CDC, while having no visible statement on the controversy on their own website, is disputing the claims in the original article.  Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the CDC, has issued several tweets on the theme that “There are no banned words.”  She also issued a statement to news outlets to this effect.  The Washington Post has acknowledged this statement in a follow-up editorial, but notes that even if this is an internal guidance as opposed to an external mandate it is still a concern, just a slightly different concern.

Whether this list of words to avoid came from the administration as a directive or from within the CDC as guidance to help get the current administration and/or congress on board with their budget, the net effect is the same: to minimize and potentially erase the needs of at-risk groups, whether they be deemed vulnerable, eligible for entitlements, transgender, etc.  Assurances that “HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans” are sufficiently broad and vague as to not be reassuring at all.  As the GLMA statement says, “nothing short of a clear, strong statement [that the CDC will continue to use science-based approaches to improve the health and well-being of the full diversity of the American people, including transgender individuals] will fully absolve any doubts regarding the inclusion of transgender people in the communities that are served under the mission of the CDC.”

As we watch and wait to see what the ultimate outcome will be, the nurses of the GLMA Nursing Section remain committed to evidence- and science-based care of the full diversity of our patients, from the time they are a fetus until the end of life, including those who are vulnerable, who depend upon entitlements, and particularly those who are transgender.