Some time ago I realized I needed to know more about gay issues and concerns. I regularly encounter gay patients in my work as a staff nurse and I don't like the uncomfortable feeling on the unit from other patients, staff, and myself toward them.
Then I met Sarah Sanders, who is not gay. I was challenged by Sarah's zeal for Christians to be welcoming and caring for gay persons in faith communities. Sarah wasn't radical or promoting a gay agenda, she just had a heart of compassion. She agreed to address this issue in the current Journal of Christian Nursing to help nurses understand gay terminology, health issues and care more effectively and compassionately for gay persons.
My desire for us as Christian nurses is to be compassionate, aware of how we interact with gay persons, and ask ourselves if we are reaching out with love, offering the best care possible. Read more»
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by Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, JCN Editor