Mindful Self-Compassion for Transgender or Gender Expansive Teens

I would like to present my DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Quality Improvement Project. This project provided staff education at a hospice agency on the use of inclusive language and creating a safe space for LGBTQ persons and families in hospice care. LGBTQ persons are at risk for and have suffered from discrimination in the healthcare setting. Lack of education for healthcare providers on the use of inclusive language and terminology is seen as a barrier in providing a safe environment for this vulnerable population. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to increase the use of inclusive language and understanding of terminology by implementing an evidenced-based education module to nursing staff in an inpatient hospice setting. The education module was developed and provided to 22 nurses and nursing assistants.  The module was conducted through face-to-face instruction using interactive methods.  An evaluation was completed through post-survey immediately after the presentation. Anecdotal feedback was also solicited 4 weeks post-education module. Patterns from the evaluations and anecdotal notes were analyzed. 

Ninety-five percent of the attendees stated they were likely to implement inclusive language into practice.   Staff stated that they gained an overall recognition of the importance to intentionally use inclusive language to create a safe space for LGBTQ persons. The project was impactful as it was the first-time education on LGBTQ was presented at the organization. The education module is now part of the orientation for new staff and has been expanded into interprofessional education and has allowed for open discussion within the organization in providing holistic care to LGBTQ persons at end of life. 


Melissa Clepper-Faith, Masters Student
Gillings School of Global Public Health
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

About the Presenter

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I'm a pediatrician, currently studying maternal, child & family health at Gillings School of Public Health. I'm particularly interested in working with vulnerable children/teens in marginalized or underserved groups, and helping them gain the tools and skills to increase their own strength and resilience. The preliminary study results I'd like to present involve a self-compassion program for trans and gender expansive teens, who are at high risk for depression, anxiety, and extreme stress. Self-compassion and mindfulness practices are teachable tools that have been shown to improve mental health, decrease stress and build resilience in teens and adults. 

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Day One (Friday, October 9th, 2020) | Session One (6:00pm - 7:00pm)

Duration: 10 minutes

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