Improving Nursing Care for Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Women


  • Patti Rager Zuzelo

    Corresponding author
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      Patti Rager Zuzelo,


      Drexel University,

      College of Nursing and Health Professions,

      1027 Bellet Building, 245 N. 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

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  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit

  • A total of 1.4 contact hours may be earned as CNE credit for reading “Improving Nursing Care for Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Women” and for completing an online posttest and evaluation.

  • AWHONN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

  • AWHONN holds a California BRN number, California CNE Provider #CEP580.

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Health care needs of lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LBT) women are inadequately addressed in nursing education and practice, which may contribute to heterosexism and homophobia on the part of health care providers. Nurses have an obligation to use available tools and resources to assess and positively transform health care environments to ensure high-quality care for LBT women. The context within which care for LBT women is learned, practiced, and experienced requires radical improvement.