Updated: Jun 3
June 2022 is Pride Month, providing an opportunity to recognize the 2SLGBTQi+ community while also acknowledging that there is much more that can be done to support inclusivity.
At Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC), we are working to identify and address organizational barriers to 2SLGBTQi+ inclusion in the wound, ostomy and continence healthcare sectors and by extension, in society.
Our board of directors identified the need to develop a set of guiding principles and recommendations to help advance equity and diversity in wound, ostomy and continence management and are committed to making this happen. The NSWOCC Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute is developing a module for the educational programs which will teach students about the 2SLGBTQi+ community and how we can better meet the needs of patients through communication and approaches. This will be launched in the Fall of 2022.
NSWOCC believes equity and diversity is a responsibility that must be worked on collaboratively. Through working together, we can promote inclusivity in order to strengthen our nursing profession and the specialized wound, ostomy and continence care provided to our patients.
In recognition of Pride Month, on June 15 from 7-8pm ET NSWOCC will be hosting a webinar titled “The 2SLGBTQi+: A summary for nurses”, presented by Paul-André Gauthier RN, CNS; PhD (nursing), which will be open to all NSWOCC Members and the public to join for free at www.nswoc.ca/webinar-series.
On behalf of NSWOCC, we wish you a happy Pride Month!