Care of the Same Sex Family
Disparities exist in the health care system in regards to the quantity and quality of care received by LGBTQ individuals and same sex families as compared to heterosexual individuals and families. Nurses and health care providers require increased knowledge about this population and strategies to effectively communicate and care for individuals and families in this community. Many nurses and health care providers lack knowledge about the LGBTQ population and same sex families; they have not been educated in strategies to deliver culturally appropriate care.
Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour
Source: ILCA Webinar 10 October 2019
Presented by: Diane DiTomasso, PhD, RN
Upon completion, the learner will be able to:
- Participants will be able to describe several social and political changes that have impacted the care of same sex families.
- Participants will be able to describe at least two unique challenges faced by same sex families.
- Participants will be able to identify strategies that can be used in their practice to improve the quality of care for same sex individuals and families.
Learning Level: All
Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.
CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).
ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.
CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."
For more than 25 years, Dr. Diane DiTomasso worked as a nurse in the area of maternal child nursing. Her areas of specialty included antepartum, labor and delivery, postpartum, lactation, and newborn care. She was instrumental in establishing one of the first outpatient lactation services in Rhode Island, United States for women seeking breastfeeding support. She also worked with colleagues to earn New England’s first Baby Friendly Hospital Award at South County Hospital in Wakefield, Rhode Island, United States. Currently, she is the coordinator of the maternal child health nursing course at the University of Rhode Island. She teaches nursing students in classroom and clinical settings. In addition, she teaches nursing research courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. DiTomasso has several peer-reviewed publications on the topics of breastfeeding and neonatal weight loss.