Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief
How comfortable are nursing students working with lesbian, gay, busexual or questioning adolescent and what makes them more or less comfortable? This is the topic of a study from the UK by Richardson et al (2016) titled: 'Do student nurses feel a lack of comfort in providing support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Questioning adolescents: what factors influence their comfort level?' and published in JAN.
The aim of the study was: 'to find out if student nurses feel comfortable in caring by providing support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Questioning adolescents and what factors influence their level of comfort.' Over 150 students responded to a questionanire and nine were interviewed. It transpires that nursing students do feel discomfort, despite holding positive attitudes. The authors concluded: 'The increase in ethnic and cultural diversity throughout the world will have an impact on the recruitment of student nurses who may come from cultures unlike their adopted country, It would seem from this study that for those students moving to cultures that are accepting of LGB people this may be difficult when caring for them due to factors identified above. When LGBQ adolescents disclose their sexuality it is essential they receive the right support.' and: 'The question is what can be done to support student nurses in increasing their levels of comfort. Firstly, it is important for educational institutions to raise self-awareness and increase confidence in nursing students by ensuring LGB issues are taught in nursing curricula.'
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RICHARDSON B. P , ONDRACEK A.E, ANDERSON D. ( 2 0 1 6 ) Do student nurses feel a lack of comfort in providing support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Questioning adolescents: what factors influence their comfort level? Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jan.13213