First up in the news items for nurses this week is a look at a look at an article I found over at my friend’s site, written by Elizabeth Scala. Elizabeth is a nurse, author, educator, and advocate who focuses on helping nurses find the Art of Nursing in their practice. In this article, she looks at the ways nurses are advocating for various diverse patient populations in different care settings.
Diverse Patient Populations
We’ve had one of the nurses featured on in the article on the show here in the past. Lorry Schoenly is an expert in nursing in the correctional care setting. What unique challenges must be faced by prison nurses around the country? She talks with Elizabeth about that in the article.
Another interesting look at diverse patient populations is a look at patient care for our patients of various genders including transgender patients. Nathan Levitt is a nurse practitioner in New York City who specializes in the care of oncology patients for his day job. But his true passion is the education and advocacy about transgender patients.
Culturally Sensitive Nursing
Nurses must learn to be sensitive to the specific health concerns of this patient group and also adopt new communication norms when talking with them. Even the use of pronouns like “he” or “she” can be perceived as insensitive or be a block to effective communication. I’m going to reach out to Nathan and see if I can get him on the show in a future episode soon so we can address this issue here for you, the Nursing Show audience.
In the meantime, I’m curious about what you are doing to help you approach transgender patients with a caring and supportive environment during their care. Is this something you’ve even considered? If you want to get more out of amazing guests like Nathan and Lorry, I highly recommend Elizabeth Scala’s Art of Nursing program of webinars and speakers during Nurse’s Week coming up.
Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Post Grid Nurse Author Interview and Episode 382.