242421 Magnet Status Program: Investigating Repellant Forces Among LGBT Nurses and Patients

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 8:50 AM

Ralph Klotzbaugh, MS, NP , Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
The Magnet Recognition Program is a program developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations that provide nursing excellence. The original Magnet research study identified 14 characteristics among organizations best able to demonstrate nursing recruitment and retention. These 14 characteristics became the ANCC Forces of Magnetism that provide the conceptual framework for the Magnet appraisal process. This proposal seeks to investigate issues of equality in the magnet recognition program as they relate to LGBT nursing staff and their relevance to LGBT patient care and outcomes. Additionally, this proposal seeks to research correlative relationships within magnet designated hospitals in the Northeastern region of the United States. Specifically, correlative investigations will be based upon scores received on the Modern Homonegativity Scale among nursing administrators employed by magnet designated hospitals and whether or not said hospitals provide health benefits to same sex partners. This study and its outcomes will be discussed in terms of relevance to both LGBT employees and patients of Magnet Status Hospitals as well as their relationships to current studies such as the Healthcare Equality Index from GLMA and HRC, and cultural competency requirements among Magnet Hospitals.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify the potential of the nurse’s role in LGBT related health care concerns through examination of ANCC’s Magnet Designation Program. 2) Describe possible barriers to revising the magnet designation program to include LGBT patients and employees. 3) Formulate an understanding of how attitudes toward LGBT colleagues and patients influence the quality and level of patient care.

Keywords: Health Advocacy, Nurses

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a PhD student working on my dissertation about this topic, I am also a nurse practitioner working with vulnerable populations
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.