A Blog for Moxie Nurses

As nurses and patient advocates, it is vital that we foster safe and inclusive environments for patients, our colleagues, and even ourselves.  A great way to do this is to join, or create a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) committee at work. Not only do you discuss your great ideas, but you also put them into action! Serving on a DEI committee helps you become a change-maker in medical scrubs; you already advocate for patients, now you can advocate for yourself and your colleagues. 
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Did you know that about 1.6 million people in the U.S. identify with a gender they were not assigned at birth? And that one-third of transgender people are refused medical care, simply because they are transgender? Many LGBTQ patients have experienced medical trauma, such as discrimination and delayed care from providers, lack of insurance coverage for transition services, and being labeled a “difficult” patient.  It may be easier to speak up about obvious violence or negligence against gender non-conforming people, but how do we handle microaggressions and systemic discriminations that our transgender patients face?  In this blog, Morganne Skinner, RN shares some simple steps we can all take to make our healthcare environment inclusive, starting today. 
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What does effective communication look like? Effective patient-nurse communication is different for everyone. Every patient has individual needs and unique challenges. No matter the challenges, it’s imperative to remain focused on the goal to fully understand your patient’s current situation, needs, and concerns. Communication is taught as part of our nursing school curriculum. But, as with any nursing skill, you don’t learn to master it until you pull on your medical scrubs and practice.
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As nurses trained in Western medicine, it's easy to slip into assuming that a patient needs more education in Western pathophysiology and treatment when they make decisions against our advice. These questions help create understanding between our patients and healthcare providers, setting the stage for improved patient care. They are a great tool for nursing students, new nurses, and seasoned nurses.
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A nurse’s guide on LGBTQIA inclusivity and creating a supportive work environment. Katie, the author, is a Pediatrics RN. They are being interviewed by their partner, Maria, who is a Psychiatric RN. Both have experienced the ups and downs of working while gay in the healthcare industry for nearly a decade.
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