Staff Education To Increase Confidence in Caring for LGBTQI Cancer Patients: A Quality Improvement Initiative
Graduate Degree Type
College of Nursing
Marie VanderKooi DNP, MSN, RN-BC
Kelly Brittain Ph.D., RN
Cheryl Bos DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC
This project was to provide education to promote a welcoming environment, increase staff knowledge, and confidence in caring for LGBTQI cancer patients. Methods: An educational session was provided to increase staff competence and knowledge about LGBTQI cancer patient uniqueness. A pre- and post-test was administered to measure staff knowledge, comfort in discussing with coworkers, and confidence in caring for LGBTQI patients. Results: After the session, there was a 42% increase in staff responses to the importance of knowing about a patient’s sexual orientation when providing care, 58% increase in knowledge about cancer issues related to LGBTQI population, and 39% increase in staff who agreed that they were more likely to intervene in a homophobic or transphobic interaction at work. Conclusion: Providing staff with an education session to address knowledge about LGBTQI cancer patient uniqueness can lead to increased staff perceived knowledge and confidence in caring for LGBTQI patients.
Beaver, Clara C., "Staff Education To Increase Confidence in Caring for LGBTQI Cancer Patients: A Quality Improvement Initiative" (2023). Culminating Experience Projects. 244.
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