Nursing care to transgender: Current state of knowledge
Both the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force define transgender “broadly to include those who transition from one gender to another (transsexuals), and those who may not, including genderqueer people, cross-dressers, the androgynous, and those whose gender non-conformity is part of their identity” (NTDS, 2011, p. 12). Gender non-conformists include lesbians, gay, and bisexuals (NTDS, 2011, p. 12). Provision 1 of the Code of Ethics for Nurses of the American Nurses Association (2001) pointed out that “the nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.” The preamble of the Code of Ethics prescribed by the International Council of Nurses clearly and unequivocally pointed out that nursing care must be respectful and unrestricted by gender and gender orientation (ICN, 2006, p.1). In line with the codes of ethics mentioned, this review of literature seeks to find out the current state of knowledge in gender-orientation-sensitive health care. ...