“In general, nurses are not well informed aboutcare of individuals who are homosexual or promiscuous.”
Caring for clients who are HIV+, promiscuous or homosexual can feel awkward. But obtaining a sexual health history and offering sensitive spiritual care is crucial for these patients who often feel isolated and stigmatized.
Mary E. Flikkema, MSN, RN, is associate professor of nursing a Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has 23 years of nursing education experience. Mary attends Grace Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.
Katherine Bierma, BSN, RN, is a graduate of the Calvin College Department of Nursing. She plans to pursue additional nursing education in the Chicago area.