HIV/AIDS also known as human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome is a spreadable deadly disease that affects the immune system interfering with the bodies’ ability to heal and fight diseases.
Because of the severity of this spreadable disease health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies and the government among other health care bodies are spending billions of dollars looking for a cure and finding ways to better treat patients who are dealing with HIV/AIDS.
One step towards aiding in the prevention of spreading this deadly disease and assisting those who are dealing with HIV/AIDS is the creation of a new field of nurse known as AID care nurses.
What is an AID care nurse?
AIDS care nurses are registered nurses who provide medical care and attention to individuals who are suffering from HIV and AIDS.
These nurses help HIV/AIDS patients by educating them about their disease, assisting patients with special medications and treatments, providing counsel to patients and their families and participating in medical procedures aimed at minimizing and stabilizing their patient’s condition.
AIDS nurses may also participate in school and/or community programs by educating individuals about safe sex, preventing the spread of HIV, avoiding shared needle use, educating individuals how to properly care for an injured person until medical help arrives and what to do should one be exposed to a HIV risk.
HIV/AIDS nurses may work one on one with patients or in a group setting or health care center such as at home or in a community health care center.
These nurses may also work in hospitals, neonatal care units and prisons among other locations where there is a potential for HIV to be acquired or transmitted from one individual to another.
AIDS care nurse responsibilities
Aids care nurse have many responsibilities in regard to the health care of their patients and the education of the communities they belong to.
While this is a short and incomplete list of their responsibilities this should give you an idea of
1) Educate patients and individuals about how AIDS spreads, how to protect themselves against the deadly disease and what to do should they be exposed to an HIV/AIDS risk.
2) Provide medication and medical treatment to patients suffering from HIV/AIDS
3) Provide medical expertise and emotional support to individuals, friends and families suffering from individuals who have acquired HIV/AIDS
4) Research the latest medical trends and technological advance on the fight against HIV/AIDS
5) Advocate for better health care standards and educational campaigns
How to become an AIDS care nurse
Those who are interested in working as an AIDS care nurse must first acquire their degree as a registered nurse and gain experience working in the AIDS care field.
Many health care organizations that are looking to hire nurses for specialized fields such as AIDS care nursing may prefer to hire nurses who have acquired their BSN degree as these nurses have acquired additional education and training that can help them prepare for roles in specialized fields of nursing.
Note: Depending on the health care center you apply for you may need to obtain at least two years of working experience providing care to patients who are suffering from HIV/AIDS before you will be allowed to apply for the position. While this is not required by all health care centers the additional experience will help you prepare for your role as an AIDS care nurse.
Both the amount of education that is required and the number of years of experience employers look for can vary depending on your role as an AIDS care nurse, so it is important to understand exactly what the organization you want to work for is looking for in potential applicants in order to have the best opportunity for obtaining a position in AIDS care.
While working as a registered nurse you may want to take as many certification courses and training programs as possible that are related to AIDS care, so that you can develop your education and provide a list of skills to your employer when applying for an AIDS care position.
After you’ve acquired enough experience you’ll need to take the AIDS care nurse certification exam which is provided by the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board in order to gain your certification and begin working as a full on AIDS care nurse.