Transgender health care for nurses: An innovative approach to diversifying nursing curricula to address health inequities

Alex McDowell, Kelly Marie Bower

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Abstract

Background: Transgender people experience high rates of discrimination in health care settings, which is linked to decreases in physical and mental wellness. By increasing the number of nurses who are trained to deliver highquality care to transgender patients, health inequities associated with provider discrimination can be mitigated. At present, baccalaureate nursing curricula do not adequately prepare nurses to care for transgender people, which is a shortcoming that has been attributed to limited teaching time and lack of guidance regarding new topics. Method:We developed transgender health content for students in a baccalaureate nursing program and used a student–facultypartnership model to integrate new content into the curriculum. Results: We incorporated new transgender health content into five required courses over three semesters.Conclusion: We mitigated common barriers to developing and integrating new, diversity-related topics into a baccalaureate nursing curriculum. Added transgender health content was well received by students and faculty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)476-479
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Volume55
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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