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Making the invisible visible: The inclusion of LGBTQ+ health needs and concerns within nursing and midwifery pre-registration programmes

McCann, E., Brown, M. & McCormick, F. (2021). Making the invisible visible: The inclusion of LGBTQ+ health needs and concerns within nursing and midwifery pre-registration programmes. Dublin, Ireland: Trinity College Dublin and Queen's University Belfast.

Abstract

WHAT ARE THE ISSUES
LGBTQ+ people experience a range of physical and psychosocial issues and concerns, with important contributions required from nurses and midwives. However, despite the identification of significant health needs and health inequalities, the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ population in nursing and midwifery pre-registration programmes appears limited.

WHAT DID WE DO
This one-year project had three phases.

Phase one involved a survey across all Schools of Nursing and Midwifery in the United Kingdom and Ireland to identify the current content within nursing and midwifery pre-registration programmes in relation to LGBTQ+ health.

Phase two involved in-depth interviews with 12 academics who deliver LGBTQ+ health content within their curriculum to identify best practice and education innovation regarding LGBTQ+ health within nursing and midwifery pre-registration programmes.

Phase three involved the integration of data from phase one and phase two to identify themes emerging from the complete data set. The collective findings and experiences of developing, implementing and delivering LGBTQ+ health content were used to inform a Best Education Practice Guide regarding LGBTQ+ health within nursing and midwifery pre-registration education programmes.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT
• Some examples of LGBTQ+ health within nursing and midwifery pre-registration programmes with a need for systematic development by all universities
• Universities appear to be addressing wider equality and diversity issues with a need to develop a stronger focus on LGBTQ+ health issues and concerns
• Teaching activity varies considerably and ranges from ‘little seeds to acorns’ with involvement from students and service users
• There is a longing by academics for direction and guidance on teaching content as there is uncertainty

WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW?
• LGBTQ+ health should be reflected as part of what is currently being delivered and approved for future curriculum inclusion within nursing and midwifery pre-registration programmes
• Theory, practice and assessments need to focus on learning aims and outcomes
• Best education practice guidance needs to be made available as a tool to raise awareness and support academics

Publication Type: Report
Publisher Keywords: Nursing; Midwifery; Nursing education; Midwifery education; LGBTQ+
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
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