This study evaluated the effects of a program designed to help students provide culturally competent care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer, intersex, plus (LGBTQI+) patients.
The LGBTQI+ community faces disparities linked to stigma and discrimination. The Advocacy™ Program was developed to supplement the curriculum in schools of nursing.
Nursing students from six schools of nursing (n = 1,398) received advocacy training. Students were administered the Genderism and Transphobia Scale, the Homonegativity Scale, and additional knowledge questions before and after training.
The findings were positive, indicating an increase in student attitude scores, vocabulary and disparity knowledge, and knowledge regarding care for an LGBTQI+ client (p < .05).
By building a culture of inclusion through recognition of diverse patients in the curriculum, nursing schools can develop a culture of connection that strengthens patient-provider relationships and improves mental and physical health.