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.