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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Dr. Blackwell’s Research to be Published in the Journal of Social Service Research

Filed under: Nursing Science — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 23:37

Dr. Blackwell’s original article, “Equality and Quality: The Relationship Between Magnet® Status and Healthcare Organizational Commitment to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equality” has been ACCEPTED for publication in the Journal of Social Service Research. The article explores findings from Dr. Blackwell’s work examining the relationship between healthcare organizations’ overall score on the HRC Healthcare Equality Index and their status as being a Magnet®-recognized institution. The article, which takes an interdisciplinary focus and written with co-authors Alina Diaz-Cruz, MSN, MA, RN (Instructor, Barry University College of Nursing and Health Sciences and UCF Ph.D. Candidate) and Dr. Xin Yin (Professor of Statistics, UCF Department of Statistics and Data Science), will be published later this year. The abstract appears below:

Introduction: Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons in the healthcare system is pervasive. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) conducts a major study annually in which participating healthcare organizations (n =626) are scored on their treatment of LGBTQ employees and clients published as its Healthcare Equality Index. Higher scores earned on the HEI correspond to more equitable treatment of LGBTQ persons, a mark of distinction. Similarly, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) recognizes nursing excellence in healthcare organizations by designating them as Magnet institutions (n =477), indicating alignment of the organization’s nursing strategic goals with improvement in patient outcomes. 

Methods: A secondary data analysis was conducted to determine if a relationship existed between an organization’s HEI score and ANCC Magnet recognition. 

Results: Results supported a statistically significant association between HEI score and Magnet®status (= .0336). 

Discussion: Nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals should advocate for LGBTQ clients and colleagues and contribute to LGBTQ-related research, which is needed to enhance care delivery to LGBTQ persons across professions. Future research should focus on health outcomes resulting from interprofessional collaborations aimed at improving LGBTQ care and strategies to reduce discrimination against LGBTQ clients and employees.

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