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Transgender nurses?

Hey y'all, 

I'm preparing to go to nursing school and I'm also starting my transition. It's a really scary, bizarre, interesting, and fulfilling time for me. I think that it's really important to have transgender nurses. I'm just wondering, how represented are we in the field? What are some barriers you have found in nursing? Have you had any issues with getting into nursing school or getting licensed as a transgender person? Have you had issues with employers? Coworkers? What kind of nursing did you all get into, and why? 

If you're not out and don't feel comfortable commenting here and outing yourself, you can message me. 

Thanks! 

Delia37, MSN

Specializes in Critical Care.

I had worked with several transgender nurses in the past and honestly, it was never an issue. The fact you are transgender shouldn't have any bearing on you obtaining your license.  

36 minutes ago, Delia37 said:

I had worked with several transgender nurses in the past and honestly, it was never an issue. The fact you are transgender shouldn't have any bearing on you obtaining your license.  

Someone I know had to fight to get into nursing school in Louisiana. The Louisiana SBON told her that her transition would prevent her from safely practicing nursing. She had to appeal the decision and is now able to go to school, but if she had any less fight in her she might have just accepted the decision, and it makes me wonder how many other trans people have been told the same thing. She's the only other trans person I know of personally who's pursuing a career in nursing.

It's heartening to know you worked with transgender nurses, because that means we're at least able to get into the field. I agree with you that it shouldn't have any bearing on becoming licensed, but the ignorance is very real and I want to set realistic expectations for the struggles I may face.

EDNURSE20, BSN

Specializes in ED, med-surg, peri op.

I’ve only meet one transgender nurse. Never got in her way, and she was well liked in all areas she worked in. 

there are always going to be people that don’t approve, but if your a good at your job then for the most part you won’t have any issues. (The same for any nurse really)

Nature_walker, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in psych.

I just wanted to say congratulations on your transition and I wish you all the best in nursing school!!

Just be a good nurse and respectful and nice to your coworkers. Don't make a huge deal about your status as a transgender person. Just do your job well, and be a great co-worker. I assumed once you have transitioned you will look like the gender that you have chosen. People might not even realize.

Keep in mind that other people have different opinions about this new trend in society. Hopefully they just keep their mouths shut and are polite, if they disagree. If they aren't I'm sure that goes against company policy and anti-discrimination laws.

 

DavidFR, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology, ID, Hepatology, Occy Health.

I know a health care assistant (nurses aide or "aide soignant" here in France) who is transitioning male to female. The hospital and most staff have been very supportive.

Of course there have been the minority who are snide, but as a trans person I'm sure you're already well aware such ignorant people exist. I had this hassle for being gay when I went through nursing school in the 80's. Now I'm glad to say being gay isn't an issue most of the time, hence I hope we can move forward in the same way as a society with our attitude to trans issues.

If anything, this will possibly make you a better nurse in some respects because you'll be sensitive to issues and problems most of us never have to face. 

I wish you all the best in both your transition and your nursing school.

I’ve worked with transgendered nurses, no one cares.  They were just like all the other nurses.  I never heard any snickers or conversation at all.

JadedCPN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU.

On 7/17/2020 at 8:59 AM, Emergent said:

Keep in mind that other people have different opinions about this new trend in society. Hopefully they just keep their mouths shut and are polite, if they disagree. If they aren't I'm sure that goes against company policy and anti-discrimination laws.

 

I just want to say that referring to being transgender as a trend comes off slightly condescending, even if that is not the intent.

OP I am not transgendered but am fellow LGBTQA+, just wanting to wish you the best.

32 minutes ago, JadedCPN said:

I just want to say that referring to being transgender as a trend comes off slightly condescending, even if that is not the intent.

OP I am not transgendered but am fellow LGBTQA+, just wanting to wish you the best.

I don't view it as condescending. I don't think Emergent meant it that way. It is a trend ,however.

https://www.gminsights.com/industry-analysis/sex-reassignment-surgery-market

Nothing wrong with that.

DavidFR, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology, ID, Hepatology, Occy Health.

20 minutes ago, HandsOffMySteth said:

I don't view it as condescending. I don't think Emergent meant it that way. It is a trend ,however.

https://www.gminsights.com/industry-analysis/sex-reassignment-surgery-market

Nothing wrong with that.

I hate to be picky but I agree that calling it a trend makes it sound like people have a choice, like it's a fad. People don't wake up and decide "I'll be trans today" in the same way as people might decide "I think I'll go vegan" - that IS a trend!

That there might be more people using hormone blockers or having surgery  is an indication of availability and uptake, not in the number of people being trans who have always been there.

I'm sorry to seem sensitive but I used to hate it when people talked of being gay as a trend, as if I just decided to be gay one day because I thought it was cool.

I realise there was no harmful intention in the post and I really don't mean to get at anybody.

5 minutes ago, DavidFR said:

I hate to be picky but I agree that calling it a trend makes it sound like people have a choice, like it's a fad. People don't wake up and decide "I'll be trans today" in the same way as people might decide "I think I'll go vegan" - that IS a trend!

That there might be more people using hormone blockers or having surgery  is an indication of availability and uptake, not in the number of people being trans who have always been there.

I'm sorry to seem sensitive but I used to hate it when people talked of being gay as a trend, as if I just decided to be gay one day because I thought it was cool.

I realise there was no harmful intention in the post and I really don't mean to get at anybody.

The most common definition of trend is something that is increasing in frequency(as in statistics). Of course trend can also mean a fad as you pointed out. So yeah, I can see that. Perhaps a poor choice of words but essentially true using the most common definition. I guess it's a matter of perspective.

 

DavidFR, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology, ID, Hepatology, Occy Health.

2 minutes ago, HandsOffMySteth said:

The most common definition of trend is something that is increasing in frequency(as in statistics). Of course trend can also mean a fad as you pointed out. So yeah, I can see that. Perhaps a poor choice of words but essentially true using the most common definition. I guess it's a matter of perspective.

 

I do hear where you're coming from. I guess it's the difference between the trend in the uptake of surgery rather than being trans itself being a trend, or the trend in gay people coming out rather than there being a gay trend.  

Group hug!😍

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

2 hours ago, DavidFR said:

I do hear where you're coming from. I guess it's the difference between the trend in the uptake of surgery rather than being trans itself being a trend, or the trend in gay people coming out rather than there being a gay trend.  

Group hug!😍

Good explanation.

canoehead, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER.

I am just observing, no experience with being trans, but it seems like people go through a second puberty when they start hormone therapy. Some of my patients have had mood swings that troubled them enough to come to the ER. I think if you are starting a stressful career like nursing, you should be ready that the hormones may give you a rougher ride.

Anyone that has actual knowledge can chime in.

I consider a trend as, a direction that a part of society is going. It's not a moral judgment to say so, in my opinion. 

Numenor, BSN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Internal Medicine.

You will likely get some flak from patients but you really can't control that. I have met a few TG nurses and never noted any overt discrimination in the workplace.

CKPM2RN, ASN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency/Med-Tele.

I just want to add my two cents and say that you are loved and appreciated for who you are. Good luck in school (only said for school stress reasons) and if I ever work with you, then I work with YOU. You are exactly as you need to be. 

StrwbryblndRN

Specializes in CMSRN.

I know this does not really answer any of your questions but hope it gives some positive vibes your way. 

I work with an aide that transitioned while working with us.  Changed name during that time too.   (Old fashioned 80+ year olds, strong chrisitan faith clientele in a christian based facility).   A few ended up refusing care, because he was a man not because of the transition to being a man.   It took a bit to remember to say his preferred new name.  For the most part it was a positive thing.   Still works with the same people and residents.   

 

I'm a transgender nurse, MTF. I transitioned prior to nursing school and had legally changed all my documents as well. Nursing school I had almost no problems with people since no one really knew I was trans, mainly because I only tell people I'm friends with and the people I told never seemed to care much or were surprised. The only time I ever had a problem in school was for one day during my maternity clinical, where a nurse who knew I was transgender kept missgendering me on purpose. My instructor eventually talked to her and the nurse apologized to me. I never saw her after that day with how shifts lined up. I haven't started working yet since I decided to finish my BSN (expected to graduate Jan 2021), but I don't foresee it being an issue when I do start working. After you've transitioned and time has passed, being transgender becomes just a small part of your life, even though right now it probably seems like such a huge part of it. 

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