Graduating nursing students' preparedness and comfort level in caring for LGBTQ+ patients.
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BackgroundNursing students must be prepared to care for diverse patient populations, including sexual and gender minorities.
PurposeThe purpose of this study was to conduct a national survey of graduating prelicensure nursing students to assess their perceived preparedness for and comfort level with providing care for LGBTQ+ patients.
MethodsA multisite descriptive correlational design was utilized in conjunction with a modified version of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Medical Education Assessment tool to survey graduating prelicensure nursing students' perceived levels of preparedness and comfort regarding their provision of care to LGBTQ+ individuals.
ResultsStudents indicated that LGBTQ+ health topics had been covered in their programs, but some required further attention. The majority reported feeling prepared and sufficiently comfortable to provide care for LGBTQ+ patients but did not attribute this to their academic nursing education. Select demographic variables were significantly correlated to student levels of preparedness and comfort.
ConclusionNursing education programs must continue to evaluate curricular LGBTQ+ health content to ensure that graduates are equipped with the knowledge and confidence necessary to serve this unique patient population.
- Hand, MC; Gedzyk-Nieman, S
- July 2022
- Journal of Professional Nursing : Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
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- 41 /
Start / End Page
- 75 - 80
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