Policy briefing: fair care for trans people
Read our policy briefing on the new RCN guidance on meeting the needs of transgender patients.
The RCN is calling on the government to ensure the care of trans patients and those with gender dysphoria is introduced at all levels of nursing education. Picture: Science Photo Library
Nurses feel woefully underprepared to meet the needs of transgender patients, according to an RCN survey. Despite a steep rise in numbers of transgender patients across the UK, there is a lack of training to equip nurses with the skills needed to care for them.
Three quarters of the 1,200 nursing staff questioned said they encountered transgender patients in their work, but only 13% felt prepared to meet their needs. Almost four out of five nurses have received no specialist training and just 1% said their pre-registration course included the subject.
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