Online resources for nurses seeking an overview of cultural and clinical concepts relevant to caring for transgender patients
“Trans 101” toolkit and training for nurses and clinical staff —
Toolkit from Cedar River Clinics
Cedar River Clinics publishes a collection of basic training modules on transgender health care and cultural considerations for clinicians including nurses and frontline staff, as well as clinical training modules on specific care needs, “cheat sheets” for lab schedules and hormone therapy monitoring, and sample informed consent and insurance forms. Registration is required to access the full suite of training modules and resources, and is free of charge.
Cedar River Clinics is a social justice organization focused on reproductive health care with clinics in the state of Washington. Their work includes clinical services, advocacy, activism, and community education.
- Transgender Healthcare Toolkit
- “Trans 101” Basic Training Modules
- Clinical Care Modules, Cheat Sheets and Sample Forms
Guidelines for the Primary and Gender-Affirming Care of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary People —
Resources from UCSFs Center of Excellence in Transgender Health
The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (CoE) at the University of California-San Francisco has created and compiled a large collection of resources with the goal of “increasing access to comprehensive, effective, and affirming healthcare services for trans communities.” Resources include guidelines, online learning, conferences, fact sheets, reports, and recommendations. RhN suggests CoE’s “Guidelines for the Primary and Gender-Affirming Care of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary People” and (free) online course, “Acknowledging Gender and Sex.”
Additional recommended sections:
- Approach to genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and gender nonbinary people (includes pronoun reference sheet)
- Fertility options for transgender persons
- Overview of gender affirming treatments and procedures
- Terminology and definitions
- Case Studies and Group Exercise
- 8 Best Practices for HIV Prevention among Trans People
Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People —
A key reference for nurses to understand standards of care for transgender people from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is an international, interprofessional and educational organization dedicated to transgender health. WPATH’s Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People (WPATH-SOC) provides guidelines for providing health care for transsexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming individuals from a perspective of diversity rather than pathology. The WPATH-SOC is intended for health professionals, including nurses.
WPATH-SOC Version 7 was published in 2011 and differs significantly from previous versions. The current version has attempted to adjust for cultural changes, advances in clinical knowledge and a broader understanding of the relevance of gender identify to health care. WPATH-SOC v.7 is available in multiple languages (English, Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, and Spanish). The document may be downloaded as a free PDF or purchased through the WPATH website.