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Advocacy and Action: How School Nurses Can Help LGBTQ Students Thrive [Enduring]

Release Date: 11/03/2022
Expiration Date: 11/03/2024
Originally presented at Virtual NASN2021.

Cost: $20.00/Free for NASN members!

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will be awarded 1.0 NCPD Continuing Nursing Education contact hours.

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Program Overview
A veteran school nurse and an educator who runs the Human Rights Campaign's Youth Well-Being Project will describe the current crisis faced by LGBTQ youth and action steps which school nurses can take to create inclusive, affirming school communities to improve long-term health and educational outcomes for LGBTQ youth. This presentation will begin with a review of current literature and evidence-based practices, will define methods to provide staff with professional development and build partnerships within your community, and how to evaluate your school's current climate and practices. Next, we will outline specific measures school nurses can take to improve school climate and safety for LGBTQ youth, thereby reducing health disparities which these youth experience disproportionately. Participants will receive a toolkit with resources and an implementation checklist to take back to their schools, to create their own plans for turning 21st-century school nurse advocacy into action.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational program, learners will be able to: 

  • Articulate how to access current evidence-based practice recommendations for interacting with LGBTQ student populations.
  • Describe three measures schools can implement to ensure LGBTQ students feel safe and supported at school.
  • Cite three health-related outcomes which can be demonstrably improved as a result of implementing LGBTQ-affirming practices in schools.
  • Describe how to evaluate current school curricular offerings, and how to advocate for more inclusive curricula in schools.
  • Implement policy changes consistent with 21st-century school nursing practice to create safer, healthier communities.

Intended Audience
This continuing education program is a practice, skill, and knowledge NCPD program developed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses who are interested in child, adolescent health, community/public health, and school nursing.

Christine Amidon, BSN, RN, NCSN Remove Edit
Indiana NASN Director and College Nurse
National Association of School Nurses, Wabash College

Vincent Pompei, EdD
Director, Youth Well-Being Project, Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights Campaign

Faculty and Nurse Planner(s) Disclosures
NASN must ensure that all educational program content is free of commercial interest, bias, influence, and that the integrity of the content is uncompromised. The intent of this disclosure is to provide learners with information on which they can make their own judgments.

The nurse planner(s), faculty, and reviewers disclose there are no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for those involved with the ability to control the content of this program.

Accreditation Statement
The National Association of School Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by NASN or ANCC of any commercial products discussed in this learning program.

Commercial Support or Grant Funding
This program did not receive commercial support or grant funding.