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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
Certification:
HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board
Professional Testing Corporation
1211 Avenue of the Americas, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Associations:
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
80 S. Summit St., 500 Courtyard Sq.,
Akron, OH 44308
800-260-6780
Publications:
Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
 
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