ONS Endorses the American Academy of Nursing Policy Brief on Support for the Rights of LGBT Individuals Who Are Hospitalized
Monday, April 6, 2015
ONS strongly endorses the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) policy brief that supports equal hospital visitation and decision-making rights to same-sex spouses or partners.
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The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Board of Directors, at its March 2015 meeting, endorsed the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN's) February 2015 policy brief, “Same-Sex Partnership Rights: Health Care Decision-Making and Hospital Visitation.” The brief supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who are hospitalized to have the right to visitation by their family of choice, or designee; to have access to their hospitalized loved ones; and to make decisions on their behalf. Supporting equal hospital visitation and decision-making rights to same-sex spouses or partners contributes to respectful healthcare treatment for all patients.
“ONS strongly supports equal rights for LGBT patients and their families and opposes any discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. ONS has a history of supporting human rights and equal healthcare rights for all patients and their families, as well as advancing a culturally competent healthcare workforce,” said Margaret Barton-Burke, RN, PhD, FAAN, president of ONS.
The AAN policy brief builds on its 2012 position statement on health care for sexual minority and gender diverse populations. It was developed by the Academy’s Expert Panel on LGBTQ Health.
ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families.