overall feelings of gay and lesbian medical doctors about the amount of homophobia they perceived in their places of employment and within their profession. The scarcity of empirical research about homophobia in the workplaces of the nursing profession was even greater, as evidenced by the finding of only one study authored by Theresa Stephany (1992) for Sexuality and Disability.
Stephany’s (1992) work, a qualitative essay, examined the author’s own personal work experiences as a lesbian nurse. While the (1985) work of Douglas, Kalman and Kalman did investigate some homophobia in nursing and medicine, it had no emphasis on discrimination in the workplace and more specifically, made correlations with homophobia and AIDS patients. Burke and White (2001) conducted research examining the wellbeing of gay, lesbian, and bisexual medical doctors and discussed many correlations between wellbeing and workplace-related discrimination issues but again, never mentioned the topic of protective policies in the workplace.
Purpose of Study
The paucity of data on registered nurses’ homophobia and attitudes towards gays and lesbians in the workplace has led to a lack of contribution from nursing scholars on how to solve discriminatory dilemmas in the workplace. The purpose of this study is to examine registered nurses’ homophobia and overall attitudes toward the protection of gays and lesbians in the