Developing LGBT Competencies in an RN Residency Program

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) population has faced a long history mired in sexual stigmatization and discrimination. It is important to provide culturally competent and patient-centered care to LGBT individuals, but problems arise when healthcare professionals lack the appropriate training or knowledge. The project purpose was to develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of an LGBT competency development program on nurses’ knowledge and cultural competency. The goal of this project was to improve the nurse residents’ knowledge of LGBT health and cultural competency. Based on the review of the literature, it was found there is a lack of LGBT knowledge, education, and cultural competency among healthcare professionals. The evidence-based LGBT educational program was guided by The Process of Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Healthcare Services model developed by Campinha-Bacote and the Model for Evidence-Based Practice Change developed by Larrabee. The tools used in this project included the Inventory for Assessing the Process of Cultural Competence Among Healthcare Professionals- Revised (IAPCC-R) tool and the Nursing Students Knowledge and Attitudes of LGBT Health Concerns (NKALH) survey. There was a statistically significant increase in LGBT knowledge and cultural competency from pre to post education program implementation. The program is sustainable and replicable. The results of this project have positive implications for future nursing research, practice, and education for this vulnerable population.



Work Title Developing LGBT Competencies in an RN Residency Program
Penn State
  1. nurse
  2. DNP Project
  3. LGBT
License CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike)
Work Type Project
  1. Lisa Kitko, PhD, RN, FAHA
  2. Kristen A. Altdoerffer, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC
  3. Lori Lauver, PhD, RN, CPN, CNE
  4. Kelly Wolgast, DNP, RN, FACHE, FAAN
  5. Karen Wolf, PhD, CRNP-BC, DFNAP
Publication Date 4/23/2018
DOI doi:10.18113/S1BK9W
Deposited April 23, 2018




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