Today’s Theme: Caring for Rural, Diverse and Underserved Populations
There is a paucity of research in this specific area related to how health care providers generally identify themselves related to gender and sexual orientation. However much is known specifically about the effects of lack of access or denial of care may have on marginalized populations who identify as gender nonconforming or LGBTQI+. This presentation initially examines the origins of gender assignment at birth and impacts on gender biases and stereotyping. The discussion also looks at the effects these may have on subsequent health behaviors of non conforming individuals. There will be a discussion related to issues of gender nonconformity and access to health care. The curriculum of the university providing graduate education in this area is also reviewed in depth. Recommendations regarding study findings will be made relating to integration of gender diverse/non-conforming population within the learning and clinical contexts of education.
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Jane Houston, DNP, CNM began her nursing and midwifery education in Scotland where she became a registered general nurse RGN with a Bachelor’s degree and completed her diploma in midwifery in 1992 to become a Registered Midwife.
She has always felt called to the profession of midwifery in particular. Jane has been a midwife for 25 years, and each birth has been very special to her in the four continents where she has had the honor to practice.
She entered graduate school at University of Florida in 2001 and completed her MSN studies so she would be able to provide midwifery care in Gainesville, Florida. Jane was in the first DNP class at University of Florida, graduating in 2009 and continued her career in education becoming Director of Midwifery there in 2011-2015.
Jane is Clinical Director for Midwifery and Women’s Health and began her FNU career in August 2015. She has academic interests in gender non-conformity, waterbirth and delayed cord clamping.
Dr. Trish McQuillin Voss, DNP, MSN, CNM has worked at Frontier Nursing University since March 2006. She has served on the Administrative Team as Director of the ADN-MSN+DNP Bridge from 2006-2016 and as capstone chair for students in FNU’s post-master’s DNP program. Dr. Voss is an Associate Professor of Nursing at FNU, and is Course Coordinator for N404 Statistics. She is also the CNEP/CWHCNP Regional Clinical Faculty (RCF) for Oregon, Montana, Utah and Nevada.
Dr. Voss presents nationally on LGBTQ access to care issues, and on writing across the curriculum (WAC) in graduate programs, with a special focus on improving graduate students’ scholarly writing ability. She is certified in nurse-midwifery by the American Midwifery Certification Board, and her clinical work in midwifery and women’s health was focused in rural Montana. Dr. Voss volunteers as an MSN and DNP program evaluator site visitor for the Accreditation Commission on Nursing Education. She is an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives/Oregon Affiliate, the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the National League for Nursing.
Ally Williams is an Instructional Designer at a Frontier Nursing University and has worked in higher education environments for ten years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with concentrations in TESOL (Applied Linguistics) and Behavioral Neuroscience. Her Master’s Degree in Education (Educational Technology) focused on the integration of new technology into classroom environments and curriculum design. Her research focus during graduate school was on the applications of gaming in education. Her research interests include web accessibility, media and health literacy, and using simulation to address healthcare disparities.
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