Men who sleep with men article praised.
Article Type: Letter to the editor
Author: Tunnicliff, Nano
Pub Date: 08/01/2010
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: August, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 7
Accession Number: 236247965
Full Text: Thanks for publishing "Men's health and well-being--who is missing?" in last month's Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand (pp20-21). It was a well-written and informative article.

I gather some readers have been offended by the article and accompanying photo. This is somewhat ironic, as the whole point of the article was to educate nurses on the importance of providing safe care to men who sleep with men (MSM). As the article pointed out, "there continues to be an overt and covert level of homophobia and heterosexism in society generally, and in primary health care in particular". The nature of the criticisms Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand has received about the article, sadly, prove that point.

All nurses have a professional responsibility to provide culturally safe, non-judgmental and appropriate care to all their clients, regardless of whether they agree with their patients'/clients' lifestyle choices. The article provided a range of suggestions as to how nurses could provide that care for MSM, including using language that makes them feel included and accepted.

I draw your readers' attention to the NZNO Social Policy Statement (2009) and the NZNO Code of Ethics (2010), in which it is stated: "Ultimately, the goal of all professional nursing care and activity in New Zealand is to achieve improved health outcomes and improved health and social equity for all New Zealanders, regardless of their age, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or ability to pay."

It's important for nurses to carefully consider whether their own practice meets the needs of MSM, as outlined in this important article.

Nano Tunnicliff, NZNO president.

Co-editors' note: Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand has received a small number of complaints--all anonymous--about this article.
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