Compassionately Caring for LGBT Persons in Your Faith Community

Sanders, Sarah

Journal of Christian Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318266b22e
Feature: CE Connection
Abstract

ABSTRACT: Nurses have a professional duty to provide care for all patients regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. As Christian nurses, we are called by our profession and faith to welcome and care for those who are stigmatized by others. This article defines LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender), offers reasons why LGBT persons are at risk for healthcare disparities, discusses referral of LGBT persons to healthcare resources, and states ways to be more welcoming for LGBT persons in a faith setting.

In Brief

Surveys reveal that most gays align themselves with Christianity and one-third attend church regularly. The average age a person first experiences same-sex attraction is 13; the average age they “come out” is 15. Learn about LGBT, why gay persons are at risk for healthcare disparities, how to refer to health resources, and ways to be more welcoming for LGBT persons in a faith setting.

Author Information

Sarah Sanders, BSN, RN, CCRN, is a Faith Community Nurse and member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Louis, MO; a critical care nurse at St. Louis VA Medical Center; and a hospice volunteer. Sarah offers courses in culturally competent care for LGBT persons to healthcare professionals.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: Sarah Sanders has received honoraria for teaching classes for faith community nurses on providing culturally competent care for LGBT persons.

No honoraria or other source of funding was received for this article.

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