Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Rankin School of Nursing students receive Positive Space training

April 7th, 2017

Nine third year Elizabeth and Thomas Rankin School of Nursing students recently participated in a Positive Space 1 training session as part of their program.

StFX faculty members Wendy Panagopolous, a nurse educator in the School of Nursing, and Joanne Tompkins, a teacher educator in the Faculty of Education, delivered the program.

“Nurses need to understand the experience and challenges the LGBTQ+ community face, and critically examine the ways homophobia and transphobia can be present in the health care system,” says Prof. Panagopolous, a Positive Space trainer since 2003.

“Nurses who have a deep understanding of issues of sexual orientation and gender identity are better able to act as advocates for and allies with the LGBTQ+ community.”

Both faculty members say all the participants rated Positive Space training as a crucial part of their education program at StFX.

Any students, faculty or staff interested in receiving Positive Space training are encouraged to contact Dr. Tompkins at 

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