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Can I Still Work As An Nurse If I Have Hiv

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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

NPR's "Fresh Air" Interviews New Orleans Nurse Working With Uninsured HIV-Positive Residents After Hurricane Katrina

NPR's "Fresh Air " on Tuesday as part of a series on New Orleans six months after Hurricane Katrina included an interview with Jeanne Dumestre, a nurse practitioner working with uninsured area residents living with HIV/AIDS and co-founder of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New Jersey: Nurse Hailed for HIV Work

Nurse Maryann Collins, a patient-care coordinator at Hackensack University Medical Center, has received a national award for her work with HIV/AIDS patients during the past 25 years. Collins was one of five individuals honored with Bristol-Myers... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Canadian Nurses Association to Help South African Nurses Cope With Stress of Caring for HIV/AIDS Patients

The Canadian Nurses Association has launched a four-year, $2.27 million program to help South African nurses deal with the "extreme" levels of stress, anxiety and unhappiness they feel in caring for HIV/AIDS patients, Toronto's Globe and Mail ... Read more »
Ask the Experts

nurse from UK working in HIV

Is there an established correlation between poor adherence and resistance? If so, should I be encouraging my patients (regardless of whether they are showing symptoms) to consider starting a combination if I suspect their adherence will be poor?...
Susan Little, M.D.

Response from Susan Little, M.D.

University of California San Diego
There is a very clear association between poor treatment adherence and virologic failure - which then leads to the selection of drug resistant variants over time as treatment is continued in a suboptimal fashion. The decision to use potent... Read more »

Can a hiv + nurse work?

Iam a RN in a icu. I fear that if I find out I am HIV+ I will not be allowed to work in my specialty area. Are my worries justified? Would I have to tell my employer?...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
You don't mention the state in which you work. Sometimes that makes a difference. In any case, your best resource is the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, or ANAC. Find them at www.anac.org. They follow and stay current with state laws in all... Read more »

Planning to Work as a NURSE but with Positive Skin Test for TB & NEGATIVE Chest x-ray result

I NEED HELP!!! I am a registered nurse from the philippines & have migrated to the USA (Feb 2006). I underwent a complete medical examination (Jan 19, 2006) required by the US embassy in Manila (St. Luke's Extension Clinic) & have...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
We can handle most HIV questions, but we don't claim to be experts on TB. Please talk with someone from your state's nursing board and ask advice about how to proceed, and don't panic. Positive skin tests are not unusual and can be... Read more »

I work in healthcare as a Nurse

I'm a RN and I work in multiple areas throughout the hosptial setting. One day I may have a MRSA or VRE patient, the next day I may be in the ER exposed to everything and anything. Ive been positive 2 yrs and havent started med. Recently I was...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting. It sounds like you are going to need antiretroviral medication based on your numbers and recent diagnosis of PCP. The DHHS guidelines for management of HIV infection suggest triple therapy for treatment-nave patients.... Read more »
Connect With Others

Nursing Assistant with HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I am a Nursing Assistant that is HIV+. All of my Coworkers know and some of the families of my residents know nd it was hard at first. I was constintly reminded that I have HIV and that I have to be extra careful. Well I was always careful and I... Read more »

Can You Be HIV+ and a Nurse?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I am thinking of going to nursing school. I am poz, however, and have done the ethical thing and have contacted chairpersons of nursing depts. at two local colleges. Neither has gotten back to me and I am getting distinctly chilly vibes. Does... Read more »

Rural nurse

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I'm a nurse working in AIDS and I am so glad to see this site! Are there any other nurses out there afraid to post? I print out stuff from the net for my patients. Its so helpful. I work in an isolated area and there are no other nurses really who... Read more »

Wanted: Nurse Practitioner position

Posted by holladaytn, 1 Reply
I am a newly diagnosed HIV+ man looking for a Nurse Practitioner position. I have 14 years critical care Registered Nurse experience working in a inner city Level One trauma center, then went back to school and got my Family Nurse Practitioner... Read more »