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Hours: 2 Contact Hours
  • Leanna Marchand, RN, BSN, JD
  • Leslie Bruhl Ballard, MA, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CHES
Peer Reviewer(s): Elaine D. Kauschinger, PhD, MS, APRN, FNP-BC
Item#: F5224
Contents: 1 Course Book (70 pages)

HIV/AIDS: An Overview, Updated 1st Edition

Price $39.95
Item # F5224
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: February 7, 2018

Expiration Date: February, 7, 2021

This course provides an overview for healthcare professionals on the transmission and prevention of the disease, the care of persons with HIV, and the issues of living with HIV. The course also provides an overview on the provider’s role and responsibilities in the treatment of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Topics discussed also include pathophysiology and recent changes in terminology and staging. Legal and ethical issues, including recent changes in testing, confidentiality, and reporting requirements are discussed.


Western Schools is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 2 CPEU hours, Level 1, for completion of this self-study course.

Performance Indicator(s): 10.1.2 Conducts the nutrition screening to identify patient risks and level of criticality and to direct services; 10.4.2 Applies knowledge of pharmacotherapy and its effect on nutrient absorption, utilization and metabolism when developing and/or revising the plan of care.

Learning Code(s): 4010: Community intervention, monitoring, and evaluation; 4040: Disease prevention; 5250: HIV/AIDS; 3005: Nutrition Diagnosis

Course Objectives

  • Describe the current trends in HIV/AIDS in the United States.
  • Describe the basic pathophysiology of HIV.
  • Identify the stages of HIV infection and their associated signs and symptoms.
  • Identify routes of transmission, risk factors, and prevention strategies for HIV.
  • Identify assessment guidelines and treatment regimens for HIV/AIDS.
  • Recognize the common psychosocial responses and coping activities for a person living with HIV infection.
  • Describe the ethical and legal considerations for HIV/AIDS.

Leanna Marchand, RN, BSN, JD, is a founding partner in Marchand & Rossi, LLP, in Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Marchand prac­tices healthcare law and civil litigation and earned her B.S. in nursing from Texas Woman’s University and her law degree, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University School of Law. Mrs. Marchand is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Association of Nurse Attorneys, serves as an expert advisor to several committees of the Texas Nurses Association, and has a special interest in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Mrs. Marchand also serves on the Board of Directors of the Team Connor Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Leslie Bruhl Ballard, MA, RDN, LDN, CSSD, CHES, is a registered dietitian who acts as the program director for the dietetic internship at North Oaks Medical Center and as the dietetics planner for Western Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in dietetics and a master’s degree in health studies from Southeastern Louisiana University. Ms. Bruhl Ballard maintains a license as a registered dietitian and as a certified health education specialist. She is also a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and maintains registration as a certified specialist in sports dietetics through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Elaine D. Kauschinger, PhD, MS, APRN, FNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor at Duke University School of Nursing and has served as the President of the Metro Miami Dade Chapter for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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