NU-650-15-23PCSP Adv Hlth Assessment/Nursing
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- Week 12: Reproductive Assessment
- Week 12 Discussion 1: Sexuality and Gender in Healthcare
Week 12 Discussion 1: Sexuality and Gender in Healthcare
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Value: 100 points
Due: Create your initial post by Day 3. Reply to at least two of your classmates by Day 7.
Grading Category: Assignments: Discussions/Journal
Please refer to the Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded.
The described expectations meet the passing level of 80%. Students are directed to review the Discussion Grading Rubric for criteria that which exceed expectations.
The purpose of this discussion is to consider how members of the LGBTQIA+ community are marginalized by current healthcare practices.
**Please note the following:
- Scholarly sources include current peer-reviewed sources, practice guidelines from professional organizations, and databases used for clinical decisions making (such as UpToDate). Your course materials, textbooks, and websites do not count as scholarly sources.
- In order to obtain full credit, you must interact on more than three days. Posting your initial post and each peer post on a different day for three days total is only an 8/10 for this section of the rubric. An additional post that is substantive and adds to the conversation (not just â€œI agreeâ€ or â€œnice workâ€) is required to get 10/10 in this area of the rubric.
- A 100 in the discussion means you have exceeded the minimum requirements and the faculty does not have any suggestions for room for improvement for you.
First, briefly describe the difference between gender and sexuality and why it is important to not make assumptions regarding either. Next, choose a group of individuals that belong to the LGBTQIA+ population (for example, transgender males). Discuss how this group experiences barriers to care as it relates to their gender and/or sexuality. Your initial post should use at least three scholarly sources to support your description of how the relationship and/or assessment may be affected.
Please respond to a minimum of two peersâ€™ initial posts. Your reply post should include strategies that you plan to incorporate into your practice in order to minimize the barriers to care discussed in your peerâ€™s initial post. Please be sure to use at least two scholarly sources in each of your response posts.
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Re: Week 12 Discussion 1: Sexuality and Gender in Healthcare
by Leah Ryan – Wednesday, 22 March 2023, 9:45 AM
The terms gender and sex are not interchangeable. The term gender is closely associated with the term sexuality, although these terms also have varying meanings. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines sex as â€œthe biological and physiological characteristics that are differentiated by genes, hormones, and reproductive organs that are present at birth (World Health Organization, n.d.). Gender is based on socially constructed behaviors and sexual preferences (WHO, n.d.). Again defined by the WHO, sexuality â€œencompasses sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy, and reproductionâ€ (WHO, n.d.). As healthcare providers, it is important to be familiar with these varying definitions to be able to provide the most well-rounded and inclusive care regardless of gender, sex, and sexuality.People that identify as a gender that differs from their biologic sex are among a sexual minority. Many people in this sexual minority acknowledge these feelings by the age of eight (Simon et al., 2020). Gender exclusion and school-aged bullying develops even before this. While everyone at some point in their life experience feelings of difference, people with heteronormative values will never experience the feelings of difference that those who do not conform to â€œgender normsâ€ do. For example, homosexual males that display feelings of homosexuality in their youth often experience significant bullying as a result of deviating from the â€norm.â€ This continues throughout the lifespan and homosexual males experience shame about their perceived inability to become successful and have the typical male status society expect. Unfortunately, some of these negative feelings and experiences can extend into the healthcare setting.The stigma this sexual minority population faces is associated with negative health incomes such as depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation, and hesitation to seek treatment due to fear of further judgement (Simon et al., 2020). These feelings create trauma which has a widespread effect on the patientâ€™s healthcare experience. The prevalence of trauma in the LGBTQIA+ population is extensive and often is unrecognized (Fernandez et al., 2023). As a provider, it is necessary to use trauma informed care to create a comfortable environment without judgement to minimize any uneasy feelings the patient may have. In fact, there is substantial research that demonstrates higher incidence of trauma informed care at an organizational level increases patient satisfaction and improves patient compliance (Fernandez et al., 2023). This subsequently improves patient outcome and benefits the entire care team.ReferencesFernÃ¡ndez, V., Gausereide-Corral, M., Valiente, C., & SÃ¡nchez-Iglesias, I. (2023). Effectiveness of trauma-informed care interventions at the organizational level: A systematic review. Psychological Services. https://doi.org/10.1037/ser0000737Simon, K., Vazquez, C., Bruun, S., & Farr, R. (2020). Retrospective feelings of difference based on gender and sexuality among emerging adults. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. 7(1), 26-39.World Health Organization (WHO). (n.d.) What do we mean by â€œsexâ€ and â€œgenderâ€? Retrieved from http://www.who.int/gender/whatisgender/en/print.html.