Gay / Lesbian patient resources for nurses?

  1. are there any resources that you know of on the web that discuss care of glbt patients? how do you find gay / lesbian nurses are treated at work in the hospitals? is there any difference how how patients treat them?

    moderator note: returning this thread to view. posts that veered well off the original nursing topic of issues related to glbt patients and staff were culled. we ask that this thread not be used to argue morality questions or other issues. - ratched
    Last edit by Nurse Ratched on Jan 7, '06
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  3. by   CyndieRN2007
    I have nurses and other healthcare workers friends that are gay or lesbian. I have never seen them be treated differently by staff, management, or patients. I really dont think that sexual orientation has anything to do with the job. All of these people present themselves as hardworking, respectable and caring professionals. As far as a forum for gay/lesbian healthcare workers, maybe you could ask the administrator or this site!! Good luck!!!
  4. by   Melody48_MSNEd
    I treat them like any other patient. Same with staff. I don't flaunt my hetrosexual persona to my patients or staff, so I expect the same from any other person. I don't see how sexual orientation will affect my care, or working with others.
  5. by   Jessy_RN
    Discrimination based on someone's sexual preference is against the law...........doubt it is tolerated anywhere.

    I don't think you find too many people disclosing their sexual preferences to patients for them to know in the first place, but then again I am not a nurse.
  6. by   medicrnohio
    Ahhh, a topic very close to my heart....
    I just wrote a research paper for my BSN program on Culturally Competent Nursing Care of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Population.

    Here are some websites that may help you out:

    http://www.glma.org/
    http://web.nmsu.edu/~ebosman/trannurs/glb.shtml
    http://www.lgbthealth.net/
    http://www.glbthealth.org/
    http://www.metrokc.gov/health/glbt/providers.htm

    As a lesbian nurse I have had no problems at all with coworkers, management, etc. I do not disclose my sexual orientation to my patients, it is not their business. I have never had a patient ask. I have had patients ask if I am married, to that I tell them "yes, I have a partner" or something to that effect.

    Please feel free to ask more questions or PM if you would like.
  7. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from medicrnohio
    Ahhh, a topic very close to my heart....
    I just wrote a research paper for my BSN program on Culturally Competent Nursing Care of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Population.

    Here are some websites that may help you out:

    http://www.glma.org/
    http://web.nmsu.edu/~ebosman/trannurs/glb.shtml
    http://www.lgbthealth.net/
    http://www.glbthealth.org/
    http://www.metrokc.gov/health/glbt/providers.htm

    As a lesbian nurse I have had no problems at all with coworkers, management, etc. I do not disclose my sexual orientation to my patients, it is not their business. I have never had a patient ask. I have had patients ask if I am married, to that I tell them "yes, I have a partner" or something to that effect.

    Please feel free to ask more questions or PM if you would like.

    My aunt who is also a lesbian nurse says the same thing. She has never had a problem either. No one needs to know anyway unless you want to share I agree.

    Best wishes to you
  8. by   dapototi
    Here I go again... As an out gay man, I do not deny being gay to any of my patients. I work on an oncology unit and so we get to know our patients on a deeper level than most nurses. I wear a ring on my left ring finger because I "married" my husband five years ago. I don't ever deny who I am or who I love to any of my patients, that would be wrong. I love him and he loves me. It's that simple. If a patient can't handle that, it's OK with me, I ask another colleague to take care of them. My life and choices are not not up for discussion. I am who I am, like it or not. If you prefer another nurse who is not gay, that's up to you, I will always care for patients in the most loving, respectful manner I can think of.
  9. by   glbtnurse
    Dapototi I couldn't agree more with you. I suppose you have had 'run ins' with patients then. Would anyone think a gay/lesbian patient website be of any use to nurses?
  10. by   medicrnohio
    Quote from glbtnurse
    Dapototi I couldn't agree more with you. I suppose you have had 'run ins' with patients then. Would anyone think a gay/lesbian patient website be of any use to nurses?
    Could you elaborate a little more on the website idea? I'm not sure where your going with your idea.
  11. by   glbtnurse
    What I meant by gay / lesbian nursing website is that it would act like a publication where glbt nurses could exchange information about their specific experiences in the health care environment. In addition to that, one has to look at the GLBT populations' specific health care need and how one could steer health promotion to become more effective. Examine issues like homophobia in health care settings etc.
  12. by   dapototi
    I think the idea is a good one. When I went into nursing I thought there would be more gay men who were nurses, I guess that was my own misconception. I know there are many glbt nurses, but for some reason most prefer to stay closeted. I work for a hospital that employs over 3000 nurses and was surprised only 3 of us signed up for domestic partner benefits when they started ofering them last year. I know some lesbian nurses and they say it's easier for them to stay closeted, why is that?
  13. by   VeryPlainJane
    I will never for the life of me understand why it's exceptable to ask a gay person about their sex life and not a straigt person. If someone asked me what my sexual oration or my sex life I would tell them it's none of their business. And it's none of my business to know my coworkers or patient's sexual oration either. I have NO gaydar so unless they have the word gay wrote across their forehead then I never know. I treat everyone as equals.
  14. by   gypsyatheart
    Quote from glbtnurse
    Are there any resources that you know of on the web that discuss care of GLBT patients? How do you find gay / lesbian nurses are treated at work in the hospitals? Is there any difference how how patients treat them?
    What are you referring to when you ask about "resources" for caring for GLBT patients? Resources dealing w/what? What issues, I mean? I guess I'm not understanding, fully... A person's sexual orientation, be it the patient or the nurse has nothing to do w/their care, IMO. Most obviously, as the RN, the healthcare provider, my sexual orientation is never an issue. Why should it be? As well as the patient's... I perform and give the same level of (excellent) to all my patients, regardless of their sexual preference.
    As far as how gay/lesbian nurses are treated at work, by their co-workers I assume you mean...again, why is that an issue? I do not discuss my sexual preference/orientation, nor do my co-workers. I have worked w/many gay/lesbian providers, and I react to them as I do anybody else......
    Really, sexual "issues" have no place at work.

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