In honor of Pride Month, NurseJournal.org created a resource to help nurses and other clinicians better understand the transgender and gender-nonconforming community, barriers they might face in health care, and tips for working with patients.
Tips for creating a supportive environment for transgender and gender-nonconforming patients include the following:
- Understand and respect a patient’s body privacy; only ask questions that are pertinent to a patient’s care
- Communicate in a way that does not distress your patient; ask open-ended question and ask for clarification on questions regarding gender
- Ask about and use your patient’s pronouns
- Be mindful when filling out health care forms; ask the patient what name is on their insurance policy
- Update your organization’s patient intake forms to include transgender and gender-nonconforming options
- Administer care to the whole person
- Advocate on behalf of your patients
A list of key terms and concepts to consider when working with members of the LGBTQ+ community and educational resources are also provided in the article. The entire guide is available here.
Nursing care for transgender patients: tips and resources. NurseJournal.org. Updated May 23, 2022. Accessed June 29, 2022. https://nursejournal.org/resources/nursing-care-for-transgender-patients/