An Educational Toolkit for Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Coordinators and Directors for Educating Future Doctor of Nursing Practice Prepared Nurses on Providing Culturally Responsive, Dignified, and Evidenced Based Healthcare for Transgender Individuals
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In the United States, an estimated 1.4 million adults (0.6%) currently identify as transgender. On a daily basis, many transgender individuals experience stigma, hardship, and discrimination, including when accessing healthcare due to healthcare provider lack of transgender knowledge, understanding, cultural competence, and/or having an unwillingness to care for this population. Approximately one in three transgender individuals need to teach their healthcare provider about transgender individuals in order to receive appropriate care. The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project was to develop an educational toolkit for DNP Program Coordinators and Directors for their students based on current evidence-based research, recommendations, and guidelines regarding the healthcare needs of transgender individuals. The project aim was to increase knowledge and understanding regarding the healthcare needs of transgender individuals among future DNP prepared practitioners to promote transgender cultural competence and dignified, respectful, and compassionate care. Project objectives were to 1) conduct a comprehensive review of the literature focusing on the healthcare needs of the transgender population; 2) create an evidence-based educational toolkit including a voiceover PowerPoint presentation, test question bank, and educational resources for DNP prepared nurses focusing on healthcare needs of the transgender population; 3) have the toolkit content expert reviewed; and 4) disseminate the toolkit to DNP Program Coordinators and Directors for educational use in their programs. The Expert in Nursing Practice Model was utilized to guide this DNP project. To reduce existing stigma and healthcare disparities among the transgender population, future research and healthcare provider education are critically needed.