JHSON Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds: What Can I Do to Improve LGBTQ+ Health in 2022?

JHSON Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds: What Can I Do to Improve LGBTQ+ Health in 2022?

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in partnership with the Nu Beta at Large Chapter of Sigma will offer a monthly Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds Continuing Nursing Education Series, providing an educational program led by top researchers from around the world.

In this grand rounds, Paula Neira from the Johns Hopkins Medicine will describe the health inequities and the negative impacts of social determinants of health facing LGBTQ+ people. She will discuss the challenges and opportunities in addressing systematic and structural cisheteronormativism that exists in academic and clinical settings. Ms. Neira will also describe three actions nurses can take in clinical settings to increase the quality of care provided to transgender and gender-diverse patients

The Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds Series will offer attendees one free education credit upon completion of a post-event quiz after each session, with the goal of fulfilling the JHSON’s mission of providing lifelong learning for health care professionals within the community. 

The Virtual Nursing Grand Rounds Series is sponsored by the Nu Beta at Large Chapter of Sigma, the Honor Society of Nursing. The Nu Beta Chapter was established at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1992. In 2018, the Johns Hopkins Health System joined the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to become the first At-Large Chapter of Sigma. You can learn more here: https://nursing.jhu.edu/student-experience/honor-society

ABOUT Paula Neira

Paula Neira, JD, MSN, CEN, FAAN is the Program Director of LGBTQ+ Equity and Education at the Johns Hopkins Medicine. Ms. Neira graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. A surface warfare officer, she served as a regular and reserve officer, including serving in mine warfare combat during Operation Desert Storm. In 2015, she made naval history by becoming the first transgender Navy veteran to have her discharge documentation updated to reflect her correct name by order of the Navy. In 2016, the secretary of the Navy named her to be the co-sponsor of the USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206) which launched November 6, 2021.

After leaving the Navy, Paula began her career as a registered nurse. She earned a master’s degree of science in nursing from Thomas Edison State College. Paula is certified in emergency nursing and focused her career on adult emergency care and trauma resuscitation. From 2008 to 2016, she served as the nurse educator in emergency medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Transgender Medicine Executive Taskforce. Between November 2016 to March 2022, she was the clinical program director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health and as of March 2022, Paula started a new role as program director of LGBTQ+ Equity and Education, Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity. In this position, Paula provides educational, policy, and programmatic support throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine to address staff sexual and gender minority (SGM) cultural and clinical competency, to improve the workplace environment for our LGBTQ+ staff members, and address health inequities facing the LGBTQ+ population. Paula will also provide education and outreach in support of the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health.

An attorney and member of the Maryland bar since 2001, Paula was a leader in the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. For more than a decade, she has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on transgender military service. As part of her role at Johns Hopkins, she lectures nationally on the need for improved transgender cultural competence in health care. Paula and her partner reside in Bowie, Maryland.

 Event Date
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Start Time: 11:30am EDT
End Time: 1:00pm EDT

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

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