alexa Bridging The Gaps In Cancer Care: Nursing Leadership And Health Promotion For LGBTQ Populations Across The Lifespan
ISSN: 1948-5956

Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy
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JOINT EVENT:19th Euro Congress on Cancer Science and Therapy & 25th Cancer Nursing & Nurse Practitioners Conference
July 17-19, 2017 Lisbon, Portugal

Lorraine C Igo
Widener University, USA
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Cancer Sci Ther
DOI: 10.4172/1948-5956-C1-106
Abstract
Bridging the gaps in cancer care is a daunting task that requires self-awareness, education, and advocacy founded in the Code of Ethics for Nurses and aligned with our Nursing’s Social Policy Statement (ANA, 2010). Though ethical underpinnings of both the code and social contract with individuals, families, and communities remain constant, healthcare is constantly evolving. One of the most important roles of nurses as leaders in healthcare is to give voice to the under-served and ensure fairness and equity to all people regardless of race, creed, gender, or economic status (ANA, 2010). Now, with growing visibility of marginalized US populations, the healthcare industry and its providers are challenged to meet the needs of the LGBTQ populations in an equitable and just way. For several decades, grassroots efforts, championed by the Fenway Institute (Boston, MA) and many of our national medical and nursing organizations (IOM, ANA,), have called for an adjustments to the binary healthcare structure that has yet to address the new norms of an expanding diversity of culture. Inherent in the lack of readiness to support the LGBTQ community are deficits in provider information, ineffective communication, confusion surrounding gender and sexuality differences and conscious and unconscious biases that interfere with the ability to recognize and to deliver appropriate healthcare. Despite this trending need, pre-professional education has dedicated limited amount of time in preparing nurses, nurse practitioners and medical staff in the standards of care for LGBTQ people. For the purpose of this presentation, cancer risk assessment, screenings, healthcare practices, and health promotion for LGBTQ people, from the very young to the elderly, will be explored. Strategies to provide a compassionate, and welcoming environments to gender, non-conforming individuals will be discussed. Recommendations for nursing education and preparedness using evidence-based applications in clinical practice will be offered.
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