Nurses have a professional duty to provide care for all patients regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. As Christian nurses, we are called by our profession and faith to welcome and care for those who are stigmatized by others. This article defines LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender), offers reasons why LGBT persons are at risk for healthcare disparities, discusses referral of LGBT persons to healthcare resources, and states ways to be more welcoming for LGBT persons in a faith setting. Please note that you must complete the free registration to access the test section of the resource at the following link: http://www.nursingcenter.com/LoginRegister. To access the related course for ANCC Credit, please click here: http://nursing.ceconnection.com/public/modules/2944. For more instruction on LGBTQ healthcare please view the eBook, LGBTQ Cultures: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know About Sexual and Gender Diversity, please click here: http://www.nursingcenter.com/journalarticle?article_id=3251321.
KeywordsMental Health, LGBT, Stigma, Discrimination, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, LGBTQ, Homosexuality, Confidentiality, Sexual Orientation, Homophobia, Queer, Transexual, Transphobia, Faith Community Nursing, God, Same-Sex Attraction
Lippincott Nursing Center
Sarah Sanders, BSN, RN, CCRN, St. Louis VA Medical Center
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