From medicine to sexual health: From nurses to ensuring quality services – Nursing

From medicine to sexual health: From nurses to ensuring quality services

From medicine to gender health: nurses ensure quality services without gender inequality, but measured based on a person’s needs

Gender health: an appeal by the National Federation of Nursing Professions Orders (FNOPI) representing 460,000 nurses in Italy, 76.5% of whom are women, with a prevalence in the North (more than 83%) and a lower percentage in the South (66.5%).

The nurses’ appeal, in compliance with their own code of ethics, for universities to train future nurses, to command the provinces to organize all initiatives necessary to take care of the assistance and gender health needs of citizens.

On this topic, the Union organized in Naples, within the Health Laboratory 20/30 of the Forum on Risk Management, the national event “From medicine to health in gender differences – the interest of the nursing profession”.

The need to assess the impact of biological (gender-specific) and socioeconomic (gender-specific) differences on each person’s health and disease status: men and women often have different conditions, symptoms and even response to treatments and also have different reactions based on access to care with inequality gender related. The profession of nurse responds to the personal needs of the individual and not to the pathology, it personalizes the treatments.

On these needs, FNOPI will also involve other institutions and federations of professions – which are in Naples at a round table on this topic – so that there are only high-quality services in the “singularity of sex”.

But be careful: No medicine, but gender health, union explains. “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” (WHO 1948), while medicine is the science that studies diseases, their treatment and prevention.

A discipline that helps to reduce inequality, to embody the principle of equality, the comprehensive integration of different skills: the allocation of care transcends gender and concerns itself with the person. The new code of ethics for nurses is also clear in this sense: “The nurse cares and cares for assistance, respecting dignity, freedom, equality, his life choices and the concept of health and well-being, without any discrimination social, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, religious or cultural. He refrains from any discrimination and blame towards everyone he meets in his work”: The nurse basically declares not “who” to help and treat, but “who” to help and treat.

With regard to nurses in particular, the high percentage of female-professionals need, in terms of gender differences, real professional growth “to break down the cultural barrier that holds them back from progressing to cover management and management roles. Representation in nursing professions and implementation of work-life reconciliation projects, Which often remains only good intentionsPresident Barbara Mangiacavalli said in her opening remarks at the meeting.

“In provincial orders — he continues — it’s a male climb and there are few colleagues involved in professional representation (boths don’t reach 30%). The reasons are many and must be fought culturally, such as the misconception that women cannot run a family and make a job, or that If she is working, she has to sacrifice herself by asking to work part-time or reduced hours.”

Another reason is Balance life with work: “Projects that can help are often not done, especially in public administrations—recalls the president—the nursing job works in shifts, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can hardly be reconciled with running a household without real help.”

This is why many nurses ask for a reduction in the number of hours. “If before they had to take care of young children – as the FNOPI chief concluded – now, as the population gets older, they should take care of elderly parents: do care work, if there is a need in the family, the current nurse ends up intervening within the family.”

This also increases the shortage of professionals, which is already more than critical (nearly 100,000 missing), and there is a risk of fueling “missed treatments” that regardless of cause and quality, it has a downside even when sex (according to broader definitions) defines fragility (Gender, social and psychological status, age, culture…) that is, when “difference” is seen as diversity rather than uniqueness.

Nurses know how to deal with the problem: Personalizing care goes beyond sex because it treats the person. That is why the path is clear: respect and non-discrimination; Do not abandon respect for the concept of life, health and well-being, still read their code of ethics. It is a commitment that arose from the confrontation in Naples.

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