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 Export to Your Calendar 4/26/2018
When: 04/26/2018
From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, Maryland  21044
United States

Online registration is available until: 4/26/2018
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The Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders
Our Next Education Session

Registration deadline is April 19th

Topic: Making people feel safe in our care: Stepping up to improve the health care experience for the Transgender Community

It is illegal under federal and state laws for health providers to discriminate against members of the transgender community and their family members. One of the most important laws is the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits sex discrimination, including anti-transgender discrimination, by the vast majority of insurance companies and health care providers. This means that in every state, most insurance companies aren’t allowed to exclude transition-related care and most health care providers are required to treat these patients with respect and dignity according to their stated gender identity.

Unfortunately, countless healthcare organizations are at risk as they are woefully unprepared for the transgender patient population and the LGBTQ community at large. Many missteps and grievances are created on a continuum of  microagressions through day to day interactions with caregivers or extreme and outright refusal to provide culturally sensitive care.  These thought provoking presentations from two experts that are national speakers on this topic will provide healthcare leaders insight and tools to implement within their organizations starting from registration to discharge and  continuous follow up for this growing community that not only present as patients but also as members of healthcare teams. Join us in learning how we can provide a safe environment for all patients with culturally sensitive care.

Shane Snowdon, MA and Paula Niera, J.D., MSN, RN, CEN

Speaker Bios:
Shane Snowdon, MA, currently provides consulting and training to healthcare organizations and health education institutions around the country. Previously, she founded and led the Center for LGBT Health and Equity at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), the nation’s first LGBT office in a healthcare or health education setting; she also co-founded UCSF’s groundbreaking Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. In addition, she created and headed the LGBT Health & Aging Program of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT organization.

Shane has provided LGBT health training and consulting to the American Medical Association (AMA), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Hospital Association, and hundreds of medical centers, health professional schools, and other health organizations. She has also written extensively on LGBT health, serving as Project Adviser for The Joint Commission’s LGBT Field Guide and as the author of Recommendations for Enhancing the Climate for LGBT Students & Employees in Health Professional Schools.

Shane has designed and convened numerous LGBT health meetings, including the annual LGBTQI Health Forum for Health Professional Students and the National Summit on LGBT Concerns in Medical Education for faculty and administrators. She has served as a board member for a wide variety of LGBT groups, including the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association and the National LGBT Health Coalition. Her groundbreaking work has received extensive recognition, including the Health Achievement Award of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, the Transgender Law Center Ally Award, and the University of California Award for Exceptional University Service and Award for GLBT Leadership.

Paula Niera, J.D., MSN, RN, CEN graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. A Surface Warfare Officer, she served as a regular and reserve officer including serving in mine warfare combat during Operation Desert Storm. Her military decorations include three Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon as well as numerous unit, campaign and service awards. After leaving the Navy in 1991, she began her career as a registered nurse. She is certified in emergency nursing and focused her career on adult emergency care and trauma resuscitation. From 2008-2016, Paula served as the Nurse Educator in Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also served as the co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Transgender Medicine Executive Taskforce. In November 2016, she became the first Clinical Program Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health. An attorney and member of the Maryland bar since 2001, Paula was a leader in the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. For more than a decade, she has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on transgender military service. As part of her role at Hopkins, she lectures nationally on the need for improved transgender cultural competence in healthcare.  In 2015, she made naval history by becoming the first transgender Navy veteran to have her discharge documentation updated to reflect her correct name by order of the Navy. In 2016, the Secretary of the Navy named her to be the co-sponsor of the USNS HARVEY MILK (T-AO-206). Paula and her partner reside in Bowie, Maryland.

Target Audience:
Charge nurses, managers, directors and executive leaders working throughout the continuum of care in the acute, subacute or long term care.

Lunch: 12:00 Noon
Business Meeting: 1:00 PM
Presentation with Q & A: 1:30-4:00 PM

Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
10207 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD  21044

Please join us for our quarterly meeting located at Turf Valley, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Each gathering may include:

  • a buffet lunch or snacks and refreshments
  • an education session, and;
  • a business meeting.

A nominal charge ($50 for members) for each meeting helps to offset the cost of the meeting space, food and CEU's.

We encourage non-members to attend the educational session for $100. Also, non-members may stay for the business meeting, but may not vote. All nursing and administration students are welcome to attend our meetings and are charged a reduced fee of $30 to help offset the cost of the meeting space, food and any other related costs.

Advance Registration Fee:
*Maryland and DC Members - $50
Non-Chapter Members - $100
Students - $30

Registration fee after deadline and at the door:
*Maryland and DC Members - $75
Non-Chapter Members - $125
Students - $40

*Not yet a member? Click here to become a MONL member

Additional questions may be directed to Stacy Moyers at

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