In honor of Pride Month, 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.

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Nursing care for transgender patients: tips and resources. Updated May 23, 2022. Accessed June 29, 2022.