HIV / AIDS Nurse Career
HIV / AIDS Nurse: HIV/AIDS Nurses are registered nurses with specialist education and training in HIV/Aids. They educate individuals on preventing the spread of HIV, and also help those who are infected cope with the physical, social, and psychological aspects of their disease. They also provide education and support to the families and friends of individuals infected with the disease. HIV/Aids nurses need to have strong interpersonal skills and an ability to cope with death.
The main duties of a HIV/AIDS Nurse include:
- Providing healthcare to patients with HIV/Aids.
- Educating patients and their families about living with HIV/Aids.
- Working closely with other healthcare professionals.
- Monitoring a patients condition.
- Referring a patient to other healthcare professionals if necessary.
- Ensuring terminally ill patients are as comfortable as possible.
Where they work: Settings were most HIV/AIDS nurses work, include the following: Hospitals, Home Health, Community Care Centers and Hospices.
Qualifications: The AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN) examination is sanctioned by the Association of Nurses in Aids Care (ANAC) and the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB). Certification is voluntary but highly valued and provides recognition of expertise in the area of HIV and AIDS. It also proves that the HIV/AIDS nurse has shown commitment and dedication to his/her career. Before you can apply for this examination you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be currently licensed as a registered nurse in the USA or hold an international equivalent nursing degree.
- You must have a minimum of two years experience working in a HIV/AIDS related area e.g. research, education or clinical practice.
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