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Live by the code
Do your research on ethics and you will 'do no harm'.
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Helm an ethics team
Successfully lead an ethics committee with the right tools.
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An intense experience for RNs
Care decisions are complicated when it comes to terminally ill kids.
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Address your moral distress
Liaisons support nurses who need to air ethical concerns.
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LGBTQ care up close
The LGBTQ community has special needs requiring special care.
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BSN in 10 changes things
The New York law raises education requirement for RNs.
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There's power in a hug
Babies need to be touched and held in order for them to thrive.
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The ethics of advocacy
Nurses can be forces of change outside of their workplaces.
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When the end of life is near
Patients need nurses more than ever in their final days.
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Call out unsafe practices
Speaking out against a colleague is intimidating, but necessary.
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8 key assumptions
Leaders draft a blueprint that prioritizes nursing ethics.
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Make every day count
A nurse helps a dying patient spend more time with his young daughter.
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Keep it confidential
Community RNs must follow confidentiality and privacy policies.
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Know the code
Prepare for patient care challenges by learning the Code of Ethics.
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Who's your go-to person?
RNs share whom they turn to when faced with an ethical dilemma.
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How to make ethical decisions
Patient care decisions start with knowing what the patient wants.
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Choose your words wisely
Medical staff taped comments land them in hot water.
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Protect whistleblowers
Whistleblowers can face repercussions without protection.
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FREE CE: Gene testing
Patients can get gene testing kits on the web. But should they?
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A beautiful death
Treat patients as you would want a family member treated at the end.
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Special CE series addresses tough topic

Interprofessional courses explore LGBTQ community health needs

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Healthcare professionals can gain a greater understanding of the health needs and challenges of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community in OnCourse Learning’s new series of interprofessional continuing education courses.

The modules are accredited for nurses, pharmacists, physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and social workers, and soon will be accredited for speech language pathologists and audiologists.
Educating healthcare providers on the
unique needs of the LGBTQ community
was the driving force behind developing the new courses, according to Robert Hess, PhD, RN, FAAN, executive vice president, education programs and credentialing, healthcare, for OnCourse Learning.
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“Thirty-five years ago, I was cross-covering a urology floor for a supervisor on maternity leave,” Hess said. “We had some of the first patients who were undergoing gender reassignment surgery. When I was making rounds, I was told the patient was male when she was now female. People waited outside of the door to see how I reacted. Some nurses thought this was funny.
“We’ve come a long way in caring for patients with different sexual orientations, but we have miles to go,” Hess said. “My visceral reaction to incidents like the one early in my career fueled a desire to create poignant educational activities that will catapult the knowledge of providers toward appropriate care."
Educating healthcare providers on the unique needs of the LGBTQ community was the driving force behind developing the new courses.
— Robert Hess, PhD, RN, FAAN


To address the issue, the ODPHP has included in its
Healthy People 2020 goals to improve the health, safety and well-being of LGBTQ individuals
. Efforts include the following actions:

  • Appropriately inquiring about and being supportive of a patient's sexual orientation and gender identity to enhance the patient-provider interaction and regular use of care;
  • Collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity in health-related surveys and health records to identify health disparities;
  • Providing medical students with training to increase provision of culturally competent care;
  • Implementing anti-bullying policies in schools; and
  • Curbing human immunodeficiency virus /sexually transmitted infections with interventions that work.
Research suggests that LGBTQ individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination and denial of their civil and human rights, according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Discrimination against LGBTQ persons has been associated with high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse and suicide, according to the ODPHP.
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