Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Doctor of Nursing Practice Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Nanette Hoerr


Doctor of Nursing Practice


In 2015 the American Nurses Association published the newly revised Code of Ethics for Nurses With Interpretive Statements. This document delineates, via nine provisions, a guide to ethical analysis and decision making for the professional nurse. Included in the provisions are respect for human dignity, accountability for nursing judgments, decisions, actions, and integration of social justice to address social determinants of health. In recent years transgender patients have become more visible and vocal. Recent surveys indicate transgender patients face many obstacles when attempting to secure health care. Further, recent research indicates there exists a knowledge deficit of transgender health and experience among nurse educators. In order to uphold the Code of Ethics for Nurses and provide informed and sensitive care to transgender patients, it is essential to identify this knowledge deficit and seek to correct it. It is only then that nurses can truly uphold the Code of Ethics.