Gay/Lesbian? How out are you?

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    I am starting nursing school, and I am an "out" lesbian. How out are people, in general in the health field?

    Do they have a gay/lesbian nursing association?
    Last edit by MassLPN2005 on Jun 15, '04 : Reason: addition
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    I'm way out of the closet. Not that I wear a rainbow flag adverstising my homosexuality. I just don't hide it. Don't talk about my girlfriend or my wife, I talk of my boyfriend and partner, etc.

    I've found health care to be the most open-minded field of any I've seen and I'm very comfortable being out. When I worked in the insurance business I kept in the closet.

    Can't help you with the organizations. But there are organizations for everything nowadays, or at least websites and newgroups.

    I find that by being out and honest and mainstaining high profressional standards as a nurse people don't care. They want a good nurse, caring profressional, educated, safe, and helpful working with them, what you do in your personal life doesn't matter to most folks.

    I don't feel it's necessary to be out to patients. Patients don't need to know about my personal life.
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    I think it varies. I'm straight, but when I was in the Vancouver area there were more than a few openly gay staff. It was never a big deal. They brought dates and spouses to the Xmas parties and girls nights out. I do find the atmosphere different now that I am in the east of the country. People in general are more conservative and I don't know any openly gay staff.
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    I'm in the Midwest (straight) but we have several out employees. Like one poster said - it doesn't matter what your sexuality is - just always remain professional.
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    Does not effect me one way or the other. Have several openly gay and lesbian friends and coworkers both past and present. Had one whos partner worked OB/L&D, do know her coworkers were aware. Obviously you don't tell your patients but always wondered if any ever found out or knew, what kind of reaction she got/gets . Rj
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    As a "straight" nurse, it really doesn't matter to me whether my co-workers are straight or not. I don't want to hear the sexual exploits of my colleagues -- regardless of their orientation!! I don't share my private life with them -- don't want to hear theirs!! If you are a good nurse: empathetic, caring, professional, intelligent, -- who cares what your partner's sex is!?

    There are a couple of "OUT" nurses here.... would trust them with my care or the care of someone I love above alot of the others employed here! Worked at a very rural hospital in MI where there were very few "out" -- knew of others -- but the community was EXTREMELY conservative and they may have been afraid of the community response if they were out. Guess, as times changed and we moved to a more urban area, the issue became a bit less of an issue.


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