Guide To Health And Mental Health Care Of Lesbian And Gay Youth Receives Major Nursing Award

Lesbian & Gay Youth: Care & Counseling, the first comprehensive guide to health and mental health care for lesbian and gay youth, has received the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award for 1998 in the category of psychiatric nursing.

This marks the first time that a lesbian or gay health book has won an award from a major health-related institution. The American Journal of Nursing(AJN) ˜the official publication of the American Nurses Association˜ has issued these awards for the past 30 years to books that make outstanding contributions to major areas of nursing education and practice, based on an independent critical review of books published during the year. Selection criteria include books with the potential to influence clinical practice, policy, procedures, and standards.

"These books represent the best publications in each nursing specialty, to date, and Lesbian & Gay Youth: Care & Counseling highlights an important and too-often neglected area of practice," said AJN Editorial Director, Fran Rosen, MA, RN.

Written by Caitlin Ryan, a clinical social worker, and Donna Futterman, a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, Lesbian & Gay Youth: Care & Counseling is a follow up to the federal government's first conference on the primary care needs of lesbian and gay youth, which Ryan and Futterman coordinated for the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 1994. The book was written for use in clinical care settings, policymaking, administration and professional training, and includes the first peer-reviewed clinical care guidelines for primary care, mental health assessment, and HIVrelated care for lesbian, gay and bisexual adolescents. It was published as an issue of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Adolescent Section journal and by Columbia University Press, and has received enthusiastic reviews from providers in a range of disciplines. HRSA sent copies to all federally funded community health clinics and Ryan White AIDS programs last year.

"We are delighted that the American Journal of Nursing has recognized the needs of lesbian and gay youth by honoring our book," said Caitlin Ryan, MSW, lesbian and gay health researcher and educator. "We wrote this book to save lives and this award ensures that nurses everywhere will hear about it and be more likely to use it to improve the quality of care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth."

"Since nurses spend more time with the patient than any other provider, they are in a unique position to hear an adolescent's concerns, to assess their needs and to offer information and support. Recognition by a prestigious nursing award underscores the importance of addressing sexual identity as part of routine care for all adolescents," said Donna Futterman, MD, Director of the Adolescent AIDS Program at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY.

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