I've known for most of my life that I have an ABSOLUTE PASSION for the HIV/AIDS population. I simply cannot learn enough about it. I am currently getting my BSN and will graduate in December 2010, and have every intention of becoming a public health nurse (PHN) when I graduate. I volunteer as a community education speaker at the local non-profit HIV/AIDS agency, but most of their positions are either a) not nursing related at all or b) nursing related, but unpaid.
My question: I know there is some sort of need for HIV/AIDS nurses. My problem is, I have NO IDEA how to get into working with this demographic, or what positions I should be looking for.
-go to graduate school? If so, would it be more beneficial to get a Masters in Public Health (an MPH, non-nursing degree), or an MSN with a Public Health focus? Or does it not really matter?
-Do I need any other sorts of certifications?
-Where else should I look for a job in HIV/AIDS?