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A call to all nurses from transgender people: treat me as a whole person; I am more than my gender identity
  1. Elizabeth K Kuzma,
  2. Charles Yingling
  1. School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Elizabeth K Kuzma, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 48109, Michigan, USA; ekuzma{at}

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Commentary on: Mikovits JC. "I don't feel like I'm a person": Nursing knowledge of transgender care through the lens of transgender people. J Adv Nurs. 2022 Sep;78(9):3012–3024. doi: 10.1111/jan.15308. Epub 2022 Jun 1.

Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses have an ethical imperative to provide patient-centered care that honours all aspects of one’s identity, including gender identity.

  • Further research is needed to better understand the healthcare experiences of transgender people of intersecting identities and those with varying economic resources.


Transgender people experience numerous health inequities due to societal discrimination and stigma.1 Within healthcare, the oppression and discrimination that drive these inequities are reinforced by individuals with implicit and explicit biases and the system with structural barriers to accessible care. Nurses need to be able to provide patient-centred care to all patients. Yet, most nursing programmes do not fully prepare nurses to understand basic concepts of gender, gender identity, associated terminology, and the application of these principles into nursing practice. …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.