Gender Sensitiveness in Nursing Practice


  • Siriporn Chirawatkul Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University


gender, gender sensitiveness, health problems, nursing practice


     Gender is a socially constructed concept referring to a male, a female, or any of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersexual). Gender is related to health status at individual, familial, and social levels, and could be a factor causing a range of health problems. An international level gender is recognized as one of the social determinant of health. In Thailand, empirical evidence has identifed gender as a cause of mental health problems; physical health problems; drug, alcohol, and cigarette addiction; sexual harassment; and gender-related violence. Gender sensitiveness is, therefore, an essential qualifcation nurses should possess.
      To ensure gender sensitiveness in nurses, the nursing curriculum is required to cover five major domains: 1) gender and social construction; 2) gender as a social factor indicative of health status; 3) gender-based violence; 4) abortion, contraception, and gender selection; and 5) ethical concerns. Gender sensitiveness in nursing practice generally involves 1) access to gender information; 2) respect to differences; and 3) minimisation of inequality, discrimination, prejudice, and stigmatisation.


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Author Biography

Siriporn Chirawatkul, Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University

Professor Siriporn Chirawatkul, RN, PhD (Medical Anthropology)

Professor Chirawatkul is an independence scholar and health researcher. She has had 10 years experiences as editor and editorial board member for one international and 5 national publications, as well as 20 years of reviewing for several national and international journals related to nursing, health and qualitative research. She has worked for 30 years internationally as an academic, researcher and assisting educating graduate students, faculties and clinical staffs on various aspects of writing and publishing. She published 9 books and chapters, and 115 papers in both national and international journals.

Professor Chirawatkul spent 36 years at the Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University (1977-2013) and served as Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Gender and Women’s Health during 2000-2013. She was trained as a nurse educator in an area of mental health nursing from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and medical anthropologist at The University of Queensland, Australia (1992). She has a distinguished career as a nurse educator, medical anthropologist and health researcher. She has played a lead role in training and research in gender and women’s health, health and social inequality, transcultural health care and mental health. She is an expert in qualitative health research.

Professor Chirawatkul has trained to graduation higher degree nursing and medical students in Thailand and served as an external examiner of the PhD students oversea. In recognition of her works, she was awarded an Excellent Book Award from Khon Kaen University (1994); Professor Fon Sangsingkaew Award for excellent mental health innovation (1995); Gnamjit Burachat Award for excellent research on promoting people’s quality of life (1996); Excellent Nurse Researcher from Thai Nurses Council (2000); Research Fellowship Award from the University of Melbourne, Australia (2001); PhD Royal Golden Jubilee Scholarship (2001-2005); Excellent Researcher Award of Khon Kaen University (2003); Excellent Book Award from Khon Kaen University (2004); Excellent Researcher Award from The Siriraj Nurses Alumni Association (2005); and Visiting Scholar Award from the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2006).


Editor Position: 2013 – current. Editor, Pacific Rim International Journal of Nursing Research, official journal of the Thailand Nursing and Midwifery Council, Bangkok, Thailand.

Editorial Board membership and Reviewing Experiences

  1. 1998-2005 Editor-2006-2013-Editorial Board Member. Journal of Nursing Science and Health, ISSN: 0125-7021 Faculty of Nursing, Khon Kaen University, Thailand. 2013-currently-Advisory Board
  2. 2005-2015-Editorial Board Member-Journal of Health Science, ISSN: 0858-4923 Ministry of Public Health. Currently-reviewer
  3. 2005-current-Editorial Board Member-Thai Journal of Nursing Council, ISSN:1513-1262 Thailand Nursing and Midwifery Council
  4. 2010-current-Editorial Board Member -The Journal of Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health, ISSN: 0857-4553 Thailand Psychiatric Nursing Association
  5. 2012-current-Editorial Board Member-Songklanagarind Medical Journal, ISSN: 0125-8435 Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
  6. 2012-currently-Editorial Board Member-Journal of Nursing and Education, ISSN:1906-1773, Praboromarajchanok Institute of Heath Workforce Development, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
  7. 1998-currently-Reviewer-Journal of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand, ISSN: 0125-6985, Journal of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand is an official journal of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand. The Royal Collage of Psychiatrists of Thailand
  8. 2002-currently-Reviewer-Asian Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN: 1225-9276Asian Center for Women's Studies (ACWS) of Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea
  9. 2009-currently-Reviewer-Qualitative Health Research, ISSN: 10497323, SAGE Publishing
  10. Occasional reviewer- Journal of Research in Nursing. ISSN: 17449871 SAGE Publishing


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