Nursing Resources on Caring for Patients who are LGBTQ+ 

Patients who are LGBTQ+ may have complex health needs and often experience health disparities. Affirming care is critical to ensuring patients receive culturally competent and clinically appropriate care. Use the resources below to provide the best care everywhere to all patients.

CE Pride Month Collection – Earn 6 CH for $27.95! 
June is Pride Month! Brush up on terminology related to LGBTQIA+ topics and identify health disparities in sexual- and gender-diverse populations. Also, fine tune assessment strategies to encourage communication and apply strategies conducive to providing inclusive and affirming care.

Affirming Care for LGBTQ+ Patients POCKET CARD
Part of treating patients with dignity and respect is addressing patients by the appropriate name and pronouns. Continue to educate yourself to improve communication and patient care.

Transgender Health GUIDELINE SUMMARY
This guideline summary is based on the 2021 ACOG Committee Opinion on Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Individuals and offers guidance on affirming and inclusive care, preventative care, and hormone therapy.

Does Sexual Orientation Impact Mortality in Females? BLOG
Myrna Buiser Schnur, MSN, RN
Does sexual orientation impact mortality in females? Healthcare data collection and research on sexual orientation is in its nascent stages of development. Yet, sexual orientation has clear implications on an individual’s health stemming from “chronic and cumulative exposure to stressors” (McKett et al., 2024). This is an area in dire need of attention and further investigation. While not designed specifically to study the influences of sexual orientation on health, researchers on the Nurses’ Health Study revealed that it can negatively impact mortality. Keep reading…

Let’s Make Humanity Stronger BLOG
Care without judgement and best care everywhere. That’s what the nursing profession is about; we care for everyone and advocate for health equity, diversity, and inclusion for all people. The past several years have brought attention to the fact that as a country, we are still facing a divide where race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and health equity are concerned. Weekly, and sometimes daily, we see the division in the news, or we witness it firsthand. Where is our humanity? Keep reading…

Select Journal Articles

Methods of Teaching Transgender Health in Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Nurse Educator, May/June 2024

CE Affirming Care for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Youth
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, March/April 2024

CE Gender-affirming Care for the Adolescent Patient
The Nurse Practitioner, March 2024

Integrating LGBTQI+ Content in Nursing Education Using Immersive Virtual Reality: Embodying Eden
Nursing Education Perspectives, September/October 2023



Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

The Trevor Project

The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health [CDC]

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry