Upcoming conference

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!

Soon to Come for GLMA Nursing Section Members — Online Leadership Team Election!

Our current leadership team is preparing to send out an announcement of the election process for our 2015-2014 Leadership Team!  This will be a terrific opportunity!  The process will start with nominations, and YOU will have the opportunity to volunteer, or to nominate someone to be on the ballot for one of several leadership positions – Chair-Elect, Recorder, Budget Officer, or Student Representative!  The requirements are simple — a deep desire to do something concrete to strengthen nursing’s activism and advance LGBTQ health, membership in the GLMA Nursing Section, and the hardest of all — attendance at the GLMA Nursing Summit in Portland, Oregon on September 24,

So start thinking and planning now!!!  The announcement about the election will be posted here very soon, with instructions on how to nominate yourself or someone else for one of these important roles!

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!

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

Pam Levesque presenting her research this fall!

Congratulations to GLMA Nursing Section member Pamela Levesque, who will be presenting preliminary findings of the qualitative research study entitled, “The Lived Experience of the Transgender Nursing Student” at two conferences this fall!  Both of these conferences are international and interdisciplinary conferences!  

The first is the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology 2014 conference, sponsored by the University of Alberta Institute on Qualitative Methodology, which will be held October 21-23 in Victoria, BC.  

The second is the 2014 National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Grantees’ Conference.  This conference, to be held December 1-3, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland, is open to scientists engaged in health disparities research; healthcare and public health professionals; public policy professionals; community-based and faith-based organizations.

Pam is a participant in our LGBTQ Nurse Authors Virtual Support group, which is an outgrowth of the 2013 GLMA Nursing summit!  For more information about this Support group, head on over to the LavenderHealth web page that includes a form to let us know if you want to join!