HIV-Positive Nurses in Practice

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    I would like to look at any research that is in the literature (in peer-reviewed journals) that speak to how nurses who seroconvert during their nursing career, or are already HIV+ have dealt with their situation.

    I'm aware of JANAC (Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care), but was unsuccessful in that journal so far. I wanted to see if anyone was aware of any articles or journals dealing with this topic in a general way. Even nurses who seroconverted due to a needlestick injury on the job would work, but my real interest is in how these nurses' HIV diagnosis may have changed their new career plans, or if it did change anything for them at all. Did they change areas to one away from invasive procedure work, for example a cath lab; or possibly stopped nursing altogether; or did they go INTO HIV patient care as a new specialty? Whatever, any of these would work but the research must have taken place in the United States.

    All of these things are worth looking at for this course, and for me personally. I've been an RN for almost 30 years and began my career as HIV arrived in America. I have always been involved in HIV nursing in some way or other.

    Any help you can provide will be very much appreciated.

    Soon2BaBSN
    (Oklahoma City)


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