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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?

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CyndieRN2007

Specializes in Occ health, Med/surg, ER.

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!!!

Melody48_MSNEd, APRN

Specializes in Gastroenterology; and Primary Care. Has 30 years experience.

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.

RosesrReder, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

Has 18 years experience.

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.

medicrnohio, RN

Specializes in Tele, Home Health, MICU, CTICU, LTC.

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.

RosesrReder, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN

Has 18 years experience.

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

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.

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?

medicrnohio, RN

Specializes in Tele, Home Health, MICU, CTICU, LTC.

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.

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.

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?

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.

gypsyatheart

Specializes in Case Mgmt; Mat/Child, Critical Care. Has 18 years experience.

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...:mad: 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.

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

A person's sexual orientation, be it the patient or the nurse has nothing to do w/their care, IMO.

Depending on what their care is for, it might have something to do with it.

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.

I agree.

I agree that there should be no difference in the treatment of heterosexual vs. homosexual patients HOWEVER the GLBT community can be seen as a cultural group unto themselves. As a nurse you pay attention to cultural differences everyday and implement them into your care plans without even noticing it. (painting with broad brush strokes here ) An asian patient may have a family that is more apt to take care of them [feeding/a.m. care] whereas an American family places more value on independence and encouraging their family member to do things on their own to build up strength. Both cultural grouping have the same good intentions but are coming from different perspectives and would appreciate it if nurses recognized where they were coming from to build a strong pt-nurse relationship. GLBT patients sometimes have different stressors than the heterosexual population and nurses should be attentive to those needs as much as those of any other cultural grouping.

Finally, when I talk about GLBT nursing care I don't think it is a matter of asking about their sex life as one post stated rather it is knowing how they identify themselves.

geekgolightly, BSN, RN

Specializes in MICU, neuro, orthotrauma. Has 7 years experience.

It is a very common thing to talk about one's personal life. Poeple ask me, "So are you married?" or "how long have you been with him?" These are delves into my personal life and I enjoy sharing with my coworkers and my patients when asked. Sometimes I volunteer the information. It's how we make friends in the workplace.

When someone is gay, there should be a comfort level wherein there is no hesitation to share as freely as a hetero would baout their personal lives... and, quite frankly, there isn't. I have an interesting perspective as a bisexual who is married to a male, so I "pass," and have heard negative comments on a fairly regular basis from some of my coworkers about gay men, and lesbians. Not only that, but people assume you are Christian (I am not, I am Buddhist) and I have gotten the strange stare once that information is divulged. There is an otherness related to non christian, non hetero, and other non dominant persuasions, and those outside of the circle DO feel left out.

I strongly support the transgendered and even feel akin to them even though I do not wish to permanently change my body parts, and I have heard some rather evil things about them coming from nurses mouths. This is when it's hardest for me.

For those of you asking "why are you asking?" I think you're putting your head in the sand and pretending there is no problem. There very much is.

medicrnohio, RN

Specializes in Tele, Home Health, MICU, CTICU, LTC.

A person's sexual orientation, be it the patient or the nurse has nothing to do w/their care, IMO.

But a persons sexual orientation can have a lot do with things. Consider these issues...visiting your partner in the hospital, making decisions for your partner if they are sick or injured, healthcare providers assuming you are heterosexual. I actually had my own ex-doctor say to me "Well you are a heterosexual, aren't you?" It was obvious to me that he did not approve of my being a lesbian and therefore he is no longer my doc. My current OB/GYN won't even discuss the issue with me. I can't find a doctor willing to sign papers so that my partner and I can have a child through artificial insemination. And much much more........

Indeed a person's sexual orientation can have a lot to do with it....whether they be the patient or the nurse and I've been on both sides.

medicrnohio, RN

Specializes in Tele, Home Health, MICU, CTICU, LTC.

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.

I think this is a great idea. I love the idea and I'd love to help you out with it if you need any help. Please feel free to PM me at any time.

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?

Sissy is gay. She has a girlfriend... Stacy. I'd give my retirement if she would fall in love with a man. NOT because it is better to be in love with a man but instead... it is SAFER to be in love with a man.

Believe me, I have told Sissy that if we can put a man on the moon, we can put a man on her. She disagrees. Okay... so be it. The fact remains, it is safer for our overall physical well being if someone is straight.

If one is gay, one is gay. Period, the end. It doesn't mean the rational folks in this world feel it is a bad thing. Nurses don't like those that don't fit the mold. (I'm gonna get slammed, just watch) But you know what? It's true.

To be a well liked {not talked about} nurse, you have to be female, married to a male (prefers a person in medicine) and FEMALE through and through. Gay doesn't cut the mustard.

I'm not claiming this is right or that I agree. I AM claiming this is my experience and opinion.

Depending on what their care is for, it might have something to do with it.

Ohhh? How?

Specifics, please.

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