Accelerated BSN: Kaplan Graduates Make a Difference in HIV/AIDS Nursing

By James Collister on March 2nd, 2009

Nurses with Bachelor of Science in Nursing DegreesIn the United States an estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 people were living with HIV/AIDS by the end of 2003. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 24 – 27% of those living with HIV/AIDS are unaware that they are carrying the virus. As the number of cases continues to rise, so does the demand for nursing care by qualified graduates of accelerated BSN programs.

What is HIV/AIDS Nursing?

Graduates of accelerated BSN programs who work in HIV/AIDS nursing attend to the physical, psychological, spiritual, and social needs of patients suffering from HIV/AIDS. They operate out of hospitals, hospice care, home health agencies, community clinics, and long-term care facilities. The goal of treatment is to maximize quality of life for patients and to prevent the spread of disease. Patient and family education is a large part of the HIV/AIDS nurse’s duties. Accelerated BSN program graduates who work in HIV/AIDS nursing care for a wide variety of patients, including young and aging adults, children, and infants.

Required Education to Become an HIV/AIDS Nurse

HIV/AIDS nurses must be licensed as Registered Nurses within the U.S. One can obtain licensure through a hospital diploma, associate degree, or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), although a BSN degree is preferred by most employers.

Working Registered Nurses have the option of completing an accelerated BSN program, such as the one offered by Kaplan University. Training includes distance education classes combined with lab and clinical experiences arranged by the University and the student. For more information on HIV/AIDS nursing, prospective students may visit the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care website.

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