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Awareness Needed for Nurses Caring for Transgender Patients in the ER

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: How can hospitals create safe and inclusive care environments for the transgender community?
Air Date: 9/30/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Ethan Cicero, RN
Ethan CiceroEthan Cicero graduated in 2014 with a BSN with Highest Honors from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. During his time at UNC, Ethan designed and conducted an exploratory study documenting the experiences of a transgender man navigating healthcare and his transgender identity. His project was awarded "Best Undergraduate Work in Sexuality Studies" by UNC and he also earned a Highest Honors designation from the UNC School of Nursing.

Ethan used the knowledge gained from this study to compile evidence-based recommendations for the baccalaureate nursing curriculum to educate students on how to care for the transgender community. He also worked with UNC SON's leadership to incorporate new content within the Education Innovative Simulation Learning Environment, and served as the content expert, educating instructors on ways to integrate this knowledge into their classrooms. Ethan also completed an Advanced Practicum in Nursing at UNC SON, where he developed targeted interventions with UNC Campus Health staff on how to best care and communicate with transgender clients.

In 2014, as a result of his contributions to the field of nursing and advocacy for the transgender community, the UNC School of Nursing presented Ethan with The Pauline W. Brown Diversity Scholarship Award, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill awarded him with The Robert B. House Distinguished Service Chancellor's Award. His current research interests focus on the health disparities experienced by the transgender population. Ethan is a current Future of Nursing Scholar at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Awareness Needed for Nurses Caring for Transgender Patients in the ER
A new article published in the Journal of Emergency Nurses (JEN) identifies the implications for the nursing practice when treating a transgender person.

The study is told through the experience of Brandon James (a pseudonym) and outlines the complications that a transgender person may experience with untrained nurses.

James described the experience as, "I was a freak show."

Feeling uncomfortable or having professionally trained medical staff poke fun or arrogantly making comments can leave many transgender people feeling like they cannot reach out and seek help during an emergency.

The Emergency Nurses Association is preparing the country's top emergency nurses to learn how to better treat and respect transgender people during treatment in the ER.

Listen in as Ethan Cicero, RN, shares why there needs to be awareness for nurses in caring for transgender patients.
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