Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (D.N.P.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Marie VanderKooi DNP, MSN, RN-BC

Second Advisor

Kelly Brittain Ph.D., RN

Third Advisor

Cheryl Bos DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Academic Year



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.

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Nursing Commons