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Michele J. Eliason, PhD
Suzanne L. Dibble, DNSc, RN
Jeanne DeJoseph, CNM, PhD
Peggy Chinn, RN, PhD

The purpose of this online-only book is to serve as an introduction to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) health issues and offer health care professionals tools for creating safer and more inclusive environments for the people they serve, and a more humane workplace for their LGBTQ coworkers. It provides a broad overview of the issues that are shared among those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or queer.

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*With purchase of this book, you can also earn 21.0 contact hours of CE credit.

Learning Objectives
After reading the book and taking this CE test, registered professional nurses should be able to:

  • Differentiate between sex and gender.
  • Distinguish between sexual expression and gender expression.
  • List reasons why LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) people might choose not to disclose their gender or sexual identities to health care professionals.
  • Describe the terms/concepts related to stigma.
  • Identify the social effects of stigma.
  • Identify at least five myths about sexual orientation and gender identity and explain why they are myths.
  • Describe LGBTQ families.
  • Define "diversity" within LGBTQ communities.
  • Identify how stigma might operate to create health problems.
  • List five documents needed by LGBTQ individuals to protect their rights in health care settings.
  • Identify at least five action steps that health care professionals can do to improve the quality of care for their LGBTQ patients/clients.

Provider Accreditation
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins will award 21.0 contact hours for this continuing nursing education activity.

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is also provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 11749 for 21.0 contact hours, District of Columbia, and Florida #FBN2454. LWW home study activities are classified for Texas nursing continuing education requirements as Type 1. Your certificate is valid in all states.

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