Would u consider working at an AIDS/HIV facilityas a new graduate? - page 2

Hi. I want everybodys opinion on whether i should try working in an AIDS/HIV facility after graduation. This agency has been trying to commit me(and quite aggressively) to work for them as soon as I graduate. The pay is in the... Read More

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    Hi. I want everybodys opinion on whether i should try working in an AIDS/HIV facility after graduation. This agency has been trying to commit me(and quite aggressively) to work for them as soon as I graduate. The pay is in the upper 60's, the agency provides a 3month training with 1 on 1 perceptor. The contract is a year. They say there are no needles in the facility, and the experience is a nice thing to add to my resume What could be wrong here??
    If I were you I would definantly (sp?) do it. Not only is the pay decent (I'm not sure where you are) but the emotional satisfaction and service you provide will be well worth it. Most of theses people are alone and the care you provide them is priceless. my father ( who has been a nurse for 40+ yrs) worked in HIV/Aids hospice and when i visited I could not beleive how families could turn their back on loved one in such a time of need. It only a year out of your life. Go for it the experience will be worth it and who know you may have found your calling. Good luck on your desicion.

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    wow. thanks for your inputs guys.

    ill definitely consider working here. by telling me ur experiences, it has helped me picture myself in the job, plus u make it sound a lot more exciting than ur average med-surg floor =D. i think its something i can do.

    subacute care is what they used to describe what they do over there. i didnt clarify what needless means. but its something im definitely intrested in but just wasnt sure if its ok as a first job.
    Like many before me have said..you will probably deal with HIV-AIDS patients in just about any setting you work in..you have to use standard precautions and prudent nursing judgement in any position you are in..alot of times the dx of AIDS-HIV may not be on the MAR, but listed in the chart only, I work for agency and use the same standard of care for all pts...there are diseases worse than AIDS-HIv and are probably more than we know about and who knows how things can be transmitted....also there are the patients who are positive but do not know or have not been diagnosed..the conditions and terms of the employement sound great and would look good on a resume and if they really do 1 on 1 preceptor that would be invaluable to you as a new nurse......ask for a tour of the facility, only after you visit it during the day without them knowing you might be a potentional employee..take a friend with you that might act like they are interested in placing some one there, or you could just cruise through and tell them ( if asked) that you are scouting out a facility for a friend,family member..etc...I have done this before and sometimes you see things that might or might not appeal to you......good luck
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    exactly. thanks for the post, rose.

    i dont mind working with HIV/AIDS pt. ive never dealt with anybody with a fatal dz like that so i wouldnt know how i would react.

    well my concern is its somewhat like a safeway house, so all if not most of the pts are homeless? so im thinking they might not be in the best mental health and might go bezerk one day and do something to hurt the staff. wouldnt that be a big possibility? so im more concered about safety more than anything else.
    Try middle aged, wealthy white females. Gay, wealthy white males. Educated, middle-class and upperclass infected mommies with disease-free children tagging along. Working professionals with their laptops. That is what an HIV clinic looks like. Some of the patients might be indigent but I doubt that anyone will harm you. Most people dont feel well enough due to the meds to even bother. Good luck in your decision.


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