Nursing summit

New book to check out if you are writing for publication!

I am thrilled to announce that this new book that Leslie Nicoll and I wrote is now available for Kindle – Writing in the Digital Age: Savvy Publishing for Healthcare Professionals! It is also available from in a format for iBook, Google Play, etc.  Nook will Cover Nicoll Chinnhave it soon!    Here is how the publisher describes the book:

If you are an author, or aspire to be one, writing for publication in today’s digital age means you are likely a “digital immigrant,” confronted at every turn with new and unexpected technology and electronic innovations. Writing in the Digital Age: Savvy Publishing for Healthcare Professionals is a valuable resource to orient you to the rapid evolution of digital writing. Practical, readable, and very accessible, the book includes guidelines, resources, and tips and tricks that you can put to use immediately to be a successful author in today’s quickly changing digital environment. Added features include “think about it” exercises, historical tidbits, and questions for discussion. Dr. Nicoll and Dr. Chinn share their combined love of technology with their writing, publishing, and editing expertise to help demystify the processes of digital writing and publishing. They explain what is changing and what is staying the same, and how you can use this knowledge to successfully write within today’s modern digital environment!

But we are eager to hear your feedback about the book!  So check it out and let us know!

Reflections on LGBTQ Nursing History

Until the first GLMA Nursing Summit in Denver in 2013, there was no space where we could openly and proudly convene together, and discuss issues related to our own lives, much less our concerns for the broader area of LGBTQ health – a topic still rarely mentioned in any nursing context (although this is getting better!).  But we were always “there” – eagerly watching for any signals to indicate there were other LGBTQ nurses around, and treading very lightly to see if we could exchange signals that indeed we were connected by our still-“secret” identities!  I recall going to nursing conventions and conferences, where the unspoken “hidden” lesbian (sometimes inclusive of gay men) gathering was happening in the conference hotel lobby and/or bar.  The group was easily identifiable – women mostly in typical nursing-convention attire, with a few actually wearing comfortable walking shoes, and a scattering of two-somes who, when you looked closely, carried matching handbags, or the same shoes, or some other attire that marked them as a couple.  But most notable was this group of nurses were raucously enjoying being together!  Our identities were never openly acknowledged, and our straight friends who would stop by to say “hi” did so discreetly, perhaps striking up a brief conversation about good places to eat near the hotel (we always knew the layout of good eateries better than most!).  Of course anyone was welcome to join us, and occasionally someone who was not known to any of the group would do so, only to very uncomfortably withdraw when the palpable intensity of our connections and friendships became too overwhelming.

From time to time several of us would fantasize being able to have our own organization – we knew there was at one time a group of gay men who were organized, but they were difficult to locate and connect with, and besides, most of us were not brave enough to openly disclose our interest in such a project.  A few of us came close when we established Cassandra: Radical Feminist Nurses Network, but our tensions around being lesbian-identified were more enormous than we realized at the time – a topic Elizabeth Berrey and I recently wrote about in an article for Sinister Wisdom (Chinn, Peggy L & Berrey, Elizabeth R (2014) Cassandra: Lesbian (non)Presence in Nursing. Sinister Wisdom, 92, (Spring), 50-64).  

But now here we are in 2015 – already building a history of LGBTQ nurses coming together, along with our fabulous straight friends and allies who are more than willing – eager – to join with us in celebrating our identities openly and joining in the important work of addressing the health needs of LGBTQ people everywhere!  I am so excited to see everyone who can be in Portland for our Summit this year!  And I know that there are dozens of others who cannot be there in person, but will be with us in spirit!  We have important work to do, but we also have an urgent need to come together to make the cultural and social changes in nursing and health care not only for those we serve, but indeed, for ourselves!  Our own growth and healing has taken a new turn, and we are indeed beginning to flourish!  More power to us!

Ready for some action?

Since the GLMA Nursing Section was established at the GLMA conference last fall, a number of our members have laid a foundation for moving forward with several important action projects.  After all, we are nurses – we get things done!

One of our achievements during the past year was preparing the Workplace Climate Scale Project, which provides a tool for nurses to use to overcome homophobia and discrimination in the workplace using a positive approach that defines characteristics of an LGBTQ-affirming workplace environment.  The Patient Care Workgroup has produced a poster that can be used in break rooms and units to highlight LGBTQ inclusion in their care. At the Summit, the Education Workgroup will begin the work of LGBT Competencies for Nurses, similar to what AAMC did, They have a representative from AAMC to help strategize and move forward!  The Research workgroup has a number of projects underway, including a plan to evaluate the Workplace Climate Project.  The Policy workgroup will continue their project to work with nursing organizations to develop LGBTQ anti-discrimination policies.  

Each of the workgroups developed specific goals that they will be building on during the 2015 Summit!  To learn more, visit the Workgroup page on our web site and follow the links to each of the workgroups.  If you can be at the Summit, you will be able to join a workgroup in person.  If you cannot be there, each workgroup page has a contact form so you can be in touch with the workgroup leader now, and be part of the action!

Education workgroup planning an important Summit agenda!

Caitlin Stover, the leader of the Education Workgroup, let me know that they will begin the work of LGBT Competencies for Nurses, similar to what AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) did.  Caitlin has a representative from AAMC coming to help strategize and move forward with … she will co run the session with Caitlin!  Plan to be there if you can!  If you want to be sure to connect with this initiative (even if you cannot come to the Summit) send a message using the contact form for the Education Workgroup!

Sneak Preview of the Nursing Summit Agenda!

Recently I received a preliminary note from Caitline Stover, who is the chair of the 2015 Nursing Summit planning group, about the plans for our time together in Portland, OR on September 24th!  There will be a couple of speakers, time for workgroups to catch up and plan for year, networking lunch, and lots of opportunities to meet and greet other LGBTQ nurses and nurse allies!  But the focus this year will be on skills building!  Here are the skills building topics that are planned:

  • Innovative data collection method for LGBT related research
  • Nurses advocating for gender inclusive forms
  • Nurse led inter-professional collaborations working towards LGBT elder health
  • Improving LGBT services at your academic institution..

Even if you cannot be there in person, stay connected to this blog to stay connected to your LGBTQ nurse colleagues!  And pass along the information to your friends and colleagues.  We don’t need large numbers to be effective, but we do want to make sure that every single nurse who has yearned for, imagined, or even despaired that there would ever be such a group, knows about GLMA nurses and has the opportunity to connect to what we are doing!

GLMA Board Approves the Nursing Section “Positive Workplace Climate Scale” Project!

Hot off the press — this past week-end the GLMA Board gave us a green light to proceed with the project that the “Organizational Climate” workgroup initiated last fall!  This project centers around a brief 10-item Scale that can be used to assess key factors that create a positive climate for LGBTQ nurses, and contribute to ending homophobia and discrimination against LGBTQ nurses.

We will now proceed with the plan for the project, and will unveil the details at the Nursing Summit on September 24th!  The Scale itself will be available on the Nursing Section website, as well as guidelines for using the Scale.  The Organizational Climate Workgroup will use our workgroup time at the Summit to refine the plan for moving this project through an initial ‘beta” phase, with enhanced resources on the web site, and plans for encouraging nurses and organizational leaders who are interested in being involved!

Please plan to join us to hep support this important project! Several of the other workgroups will be involved in helping with resources and follow-through on this project, so if you are interested in one of the other workgroups, that will be fine — you will still be able to involved in moving this project along!   If you cannot be present at the Summit to join the Climate workgroup for the next phase, contact us now using the contact form on our workgroup page!

This is a project that can make a huge difference for all of us — LGBTQ nurses as well as our allies!  So join us if you can!

A Time for Action! Join!

Many of us have done our share of moaning and groaning about the lack of LGBTQ visibility and action in nursing – action to educate all students about LGBTQ health, action to speak out against homophobia that effects all of us, action to support LGBTQ research.  So now is the time to recognize a great opportunity to get involved in a way that can begin to change the status quo!  This opportunity is [drum roll!] the GLMA Nursing Section!  This is not the very first organized attempt to address LGBTQ issues in nursing, but it is the very important contemporary opportunity that is available to all!  Even if you think that there is next to nothing that you can do, you can join GLMA and the Nursing Section. Downtown_Portland_-_Travel_Portland Your membership is a vitally important statement of solidarity in this historic event to bring nursing to the table where the voices of LGBT activists are indeed heard, and where concrete action is happening.

To join, go to the GLMA web site and set up your membership today!  While you are there, check out what is planned for the September GLMA Nursing Summit and GLMA annual conference in Portland, Oregon.  We posted the tentative agenda for the Summit on this blog earlier this month, and the planning team is hard at work getting everything ready for a productive and inspiring time together!  We will post more information here (and on the GLMA nursing email list) as we get closer to September.  Of course all of this is to inspire you to join us if you can, but even if you can’t, your being connected and informed if in fact an action!  So stay tuned to stay informed, and pass along this information to everyone you can possibly reach!

GLMA Nursing Section Leadership Team Elected!

2014 Leaders


Our newly elected 2014-15 Leadership Team!

Seated: Michael Johnson – Chair-Elect, Mary Foley – Chair

Standing (L to R) – Patty Zuzelo – Recorder, Laura Hein – Past Chair,  Ralph Klotzbaugh – Budget Officer, Kaity Molé – Student/Health Professional-in-Training Representative

Congratulations!  And thanks to all who made the Nursing Summit a FABULOUS day!  Watch this blog for more detail!

2014 Nursing Summit Agenda!

What a terrific day this promises to be!  The Planning Committee has been hard at work packing a host of fabulous features in to the day of September 10!  And two Schools of Nursing have stepped up to sponsor the Summit – University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing!  If it is at all possible, join us!  

Goal and Learning Objectives:

The goal of the GLMA Nursing Summit is to bring together LGBT and ally nurses and nurse supporters to develop an action plan to improve critical LGBT issues in the nursing profession. 

Learning Objectives  

  • Describe major recent accomplishments in nursing related to LGBT health.  
  • Report, evaluate, and build on progress toward a GLMA-sponsored action plan for LGBT health in nursing relating to: education and curricula, patient/clinical care, policy, research, and climate (including homophobia in the profession).  
  • Provide a forum of opportunities for mentorship, support, and networking for nurses and nursing students in the areas of research, academia, policy, and patient care.  
  • Assign leadership for fulfilling the goals of the action plan.  
  • Identify key areas for focus in strengthening nursing participation in GLMA.    

Here is the final agenda for this very important day! (Of course we all know the difference between well-laid plans and reality, right!)  You can also download the agenda here.

2014 GLMA Nursing Summit Agenda 

7:30 – 8:30 am  –   Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 am  –   Welcome & Announcements

Henry Ng, MD, MPH, GLMA President  
Hector Vargas, JD, GLMA Executive Director
Laura Hein, PhD, MSN, GLMA Board Member at Large
Sarah Fogel, PhD, RN, GLMA Board Member at Large
Sarah Sanders, RN, Nursing Summit Planning Committee Chair  
Peggy Chinn, RN, PhD 

9:00 – 9:15 am   –   Recognition of Special Guests, Dr. Janet Allan and Dr. Bev Hall 

Peggy Chinn, RN, PhD 

9:15 – 9:30 am   –   Participant Introductions  

9:30 – 10:15 am  – Nursing Section Announcement & Special Recognition (Candidates for Section leadership will be asked to introduce themselves.  There will be an opportunity for floor nominations for those not already on the ballot)

Laura Hein, PhD, MSN & Peggy Chinn, RN, PhD 

10:15 – 10:30 am – Coffee Break & Poster Viewing 

10:30 – 11:00 am – Plenary #1: History and Current Landscape 

Sarah Fogel, PhD, RN 
Mickey Eliason, PhD 

11:00am – 12:00pm – Breakout #1: Action Planning Orientation 

Breakout Groups: Education and Curricula, Patient/Clinical Care, Policy, Research, and Climate 

12:00 – 12:45pm – Networking Lunch  

12:45 – 1:15 pm  – Nursing Section Business: Officer Floor Nominations & Elections  

Sarah Fogel, PhD, RN 

1:15 – 2:00 pm  –  Plenary #2: Breaking Down Silos: How Interprofessionalism Can Advance the LGBT Health Agenda 

Heather Young, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing and Dean and Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing 

2:00 – 2:15 pm  –  Election Results Announcement 

2:15 – 3:45 pm  –  Breakout #2: Action Planning Continues 

3:45 – 4:30 pm  –  Breakout Groups Report Back to Full Group  

4:30 – 5:00 pm  –  Next Steps, Wrap Up & Evaluations 

Sarah Sanders, RN 

5:00 – 5:30 pm  –  Optional: Poster Viewing and Networking 

5:30 pm – GLMA Welcome Reception 

Harborview Ballroom 

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 8 contact hours.

In order to cover GLMA’s 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).  Please see the Registration Desk for more information or to pay the fee.

GLMA would like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors

Sponsors_2014Thank you to the 2014 Planning Committee! 

Amy Wilson-Stronks, MPP, CPHQ , GLMA Vice President for Education
Sarah Sanders, RN  – Chair, Planning Committee 

Rob Carroll, RN, ACRN
Diane Bruessow, PA
Mickey Eliason, PhD
Sarah Fogel, PhD, RN
Laura Hein, PhD, MSN
Michael Johnson, MSN, RN
Pamela Levesque, RN
Alison McManus, DNP, FNP-BC
Jose Pares-Avila, DNP, RN, NP-C
Lola Pellegrino, MSN, NP-C
Nicholas Sarchet, RN
Mimi Snyder, MSN, RN
Caitlin Stover, PhD, RN