Nurses caring for AIDS patients

  1. Hello

    My name is Karlie I am a 2nd year nursing student at the University of Windsor, Ont. Canada. I am currently conducting a research paper on AIDS, asking questions via email. I am very interested in AIDS and the wide spread of this epidemic. I am looking for nurses who work with patients with AIDS and the strategies they use to care for these patients. If interested in participating or know how I can find people to participate in my paper please email me back. Thank-you I appreciate your help.
    Karlie Howson
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  3. by   live4today
    Hi Karlie,

    I have worked with many AIDS patients in the past. As a registered nurse, I treated them the same way I did my other patients. I gave them VIP treatment. I was not afraid to touch them, hug them, wipe away their tears, or be a sounding board for them. If they needed me to sit by their bed and hold their hand while they cried or talked about their pending death, I willingly sat with them for a while.

    One of the best things you can do for an AIDS patient besides the necessary nursing measures is to be a good listener, and don't act like they are no longer human beings in need of love, understanding, and a nurse who is willing to be a good listener when they need one.


    "The most important thing in communication is to HEAR what ISN'T being said." -- PETER F. DRUCKER


    "The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend" (of a nurse, if you will) "is an accessible ear." -- Maya Angelou
    Last edit by live4today on Jan 26, '02