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Name: AIDS Care Nurse
Description: Responds to the physical, psychological, spiritual, and social concerns of patients with AIDS; cares for chronically ill and dying with numerous clinical manifestations
Diagnoses: HIV/AIDS/ARC
Practice roles: Staff, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse manager
Characteristics: Patient care and relationships, autonomy and independence, making a difference, teaching, variety of nursing duties
Client age group: Young and aging adults, children, and infants
Drawbacks: Patient grief and difficult contacts, stress, job pressure, conflict with bureaucracy, excessive workload and paperwork, physical demands, safety hazards
Desirable skills: People skills and coping with death, stress management, openness to cultural and lifestyle diversity
Education: RN with AD, Diploma, or BSN (preferred)
Employers: Hospitals, hospice, home health, community, and long-term care agencies
HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board
Professional Testing Corporation
1211 Avenue of the Americas, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
80 S. Summit St., 500 Courtyard Sq.,
Akron, OH 44308
Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
ANACdotes Newsletter