Center for Professional Development, Innovation & Research and PROUD Gender of New Jersey Partner to Offer New LGBTQIA+ Care Clinical Ladder Track

(News Brunswick, NJ) - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Center for Professional Development, Innovation & Research and RWJUH’s PROUD Gender Center of New Jersey have announced an exciting new nursing professional development program that offers specific training on providing culturally competent care for LGBTQIA+ patients.

As part of the Nursing LGBTQ Clinical Ladder track, nurses can choose from a wide range of educational opportunities such as:

  • Presenting a peer-reviewed article on disparities in the healthcare related to LGBTQIA+ patients;
  • Attending a PROUD Business Resource Group meeting, PROUDLY Me Transgender Education and Support Meeting or community event and writing a reflection of the experience;
  • Attending and completing a college-level class that focuses on current trends in LGBTQIA+ healthcare with a B or better grade;
  • Attending an Enhanced Leadership PROUD Advisory Council meeting and writing a reflection of the experience;
  • Writing a reflection essay sharing the story of an LGBTQIA+ patient to whom the nurse provided care. The essay would address how the nurse integrated nurse-sensitive indicator standards and/or ensured patient experience/satisfaction;
  • Providing an appropriate presentation to staff after meeting with LGBTQIA+ leaders to identify an approved topic.

Claudia Pagani MSN, RN, MEDSURG-BC, NPD-BC, Assistant Vice President of RWJUH’s Center for Professional Development, Innovation & Research notes, “As a six-time recipient of Magnet recognition for nursing excellence, RWJUH has a well-earned reputation for providing exceptional nursing care. Offering our nursing team innovative professional development opportunities, such as this clinical ladder track, will help them provide culturally competent, individualized care for our patients, This helps RWJUH effectively meet the health care needs of the diverse communities we serve.”

“We’re excited to partner with our nursing team to offer this new clinical ladder track,” adds Jackie Baras, MSN, MBA, RN, RWJUH LGBTQ Program Director adds, “This module will help our nurses see firsthand the challenges that LGBTQIA+ patients face and give them the knowledge they need to ensure that our patients are receiving the individualized care they need.”

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) New Brunswick, an RWJBarnabas Health Facility, is a 614-bed academic medical center that serves as the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, orthopedics, bariatric surgery and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first designated Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence and being named to Newsweek’s 2022 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The RWJUH Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association as meeting The Joint Commission's standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Advanced Certification. RWJUH has also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification for Spine Surgery; The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certification for Bariatric Services; and The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certification for Hip and Knee Replacement services. The Joint Commission also awarded RWJUH a Gold Seal Certification as well as an Advanced Certification in Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Implantation.

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RWJUH Public Relations
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