Nursing and Child Care is a key part of the nursing education curricula for many schools, including the American School for Nursing.
And that’s the main reason why a new survey by the National Council of Teachers of Nursing (NCTN) has found that more than half of nursing schools in the United States still do not offer prenatal sex education for infants, despite the fact that there are more than 30 million U.S. pregnancies each year, and almost 10 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases each year.
“More and more of our nursing education teachers are saying that they do not teach sexual orientation,” said NCTN CEO Dr. Michelle Johnson.
“And so it’s been a really big challenge for us to keep this program up and running.”
In the survey, NCTN found that about 70 percent of schools surveyed still do a poor job teaching sexuality during pregnancy, and that 30 percent of nursing educators do not provide sex education during pregnancy at all.
But despite the high level of dissatisfaction with this lack of sexual education in nursing schools, there is no conclusive evidence that this is because of homophobia, said Johnson.
The reason why there is so much discrimination against lesbian and gay nurses and school staff is that, while many of these schools are private, there are many nursing schools that are publicly funded, which means they can afford to provide sex-ed classes to their students.
“This is not something that’s going to happen overnight, especially for these large institutions like nursing schools,” Johnson said.
“But this is something that we’ve had to work on, and it’s something that needs to be addressed.”
NCTP also found that almost all of the public schools surveyed had a policy that prohibited teachers from discussing their sex lives during pregnancy.
But when asked about the reason for this policy, about half of the schools said they had no specific policy, while the other half said they only had policies that included a general rule that sex-education was inappropriate for the school.
“So the problem is that it’s a big, big deal,” Johnson told me.
“When a child comes to your office, they’re not going to be able to say, ‘My mother told me that you’re a lesbian,'” Johnson added.
They’re not allowed to say that.”
This is important because, as Johnson pointed out, sexual orientation is not a marker for a person’s sexual orientation.
“We’re teaching this concept that sexual orientation doesn’t exist.
And so, as you know, if you have a gay kid who’s been raised in a very homogenous environment, he’s going do the same thing, he’ll be very comfortable with being gay, he may have a great life,” Johnson continued.
“He may be happy, he might be gay, and he may be doing fine.
But if you raise him in a heterosexually diverse environment, there’s a whole host of problems that arise, because your child is going to have to learn that he can’t be gay because he doesn’t fit in.
And this is where our curriculum can be useful, and this is the way to teach this to our students.
And if we teach this, it will be easier for our parents to understand it, because it’s not a question of saying, ‘Oh, you’re gay.
You don’t fit here.’
It’s a question that we ask.”
While Johnson’s advocacy is about educating nursing students about sexual orientation, the NCTN survey found that a majority of parents also did not believe that sexuality should be taught during pregnancy in their schools.
About one in four parents said that sexual relationships during pregnancy should not be discussed during the nursing course.
Another 28 percent of parents said it was a topic that they should discuss with their children, while about half said it should not even be discussed at all, according to the survey.
According to Johnson, the survey also found high levels of mistrust in the schools about the sexual orientation of their students, and parents of students who are gay were more likely to question the nurses’ sexuality during the survey than their heterosexual counterparts.
And yet, despite this, many of the most visible anti-gay teachers in nursing have received positive reviews from school boards.
In fact, the American Association of School Administrators has called for more sexual education instruction in nursing, but Johnson told The Huffington Post that “school boards are not doing that.”
“When they see someone like Dr. Michael McNeill and Dr. John A. Buss, they get a lot of feedback on the curriculum.
The nurses at our schools are wonderful people.
We don’t have the same level of negative feedback, but when a nurse has a good record, people do know what they’re getting,” Johnson added, referring to the NCTCN survey.
“So, in fact, our nurse leaders are really supportive of their nurses, and we’re seeing that happen