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Lecture: Identifying Beliefs, Behaviors, & Experiences of APRNs w/ Lesbian/Gay Patients

Thursday, February 21, 2019
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

The Spring 2019 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (

Today's lecture is entitled, "Identifying Beliefs, Behaviors, and Experiences of APRNs with Lesbian and Gay Patients: A Mixed Methods Perspective" and will be presented by Mimi Snyder (she/her/hers).

Synopsis: This presentation will present findings of a mixed methods study about the beliefs, behaviors, and experiences of advanced practice nurses (APRNs) caring for lesbian and gay patients. APRNs provide care to persons of diverse sexual identities who often encounter barriers when seeking health care. Nursing education programs seldom include content to educate nurses to provide affirming care for these patient populations. This study included a sample of 678 APRNs’ who completed a Gay Affirmative Practice Scale about their beliefs and behaviors including a narrative statement describing their experiences caring for lesbian and gay patients. Eight themes about APRN experiences emerged: affirming, more education needed, witnessed discrimination, limited experience with lesbian/gay patients, sexual orientation only asked if relevant, treat all the same, non-affirming, and sexual orientation not focus of practice.

Biography: Dr. Marianne (Mimi) Snyder, She/her/hers is a full-time faculty and Director of the pre-licensure nursing program at UCONN School of Nursing since 2017. She had been a registered nurse for over 35 years and more than 20 year experience teaching nursing students in traditional, accelerated and RN – BSN nursing programs. She earned her BS in Nursing from the University of Central Florida, MS in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from West Virginia University and her PhD in nursing from UCONN. Her research focuses on healthcare experiences of LGBT persons, the education and experiences of health care providers caring for this population and culturally affirming care practices to help meet the health care needs of this population.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches


Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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