Disciplines:
  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Nursing Home Administration
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
(1 pharm hour)
Author(s): Eileen S. O'Neill, PhD, RN
Peer Reviewer(s): Sharon Valenti, MSN, ACNP-BC, ACCRN, AAHIVS
Item#: N1587
Contents: 1 Course Book (68 pages)

HIV/AIDS: A 2-Hour Overview, Updated 1st Edition



Price $19.95
Item # N1587
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: May 31, 2017

This course provides healthcare professionals with an understanding of the care of persons with AIDS, which is a disease of the body’s immune system caused by HIV, a retrovirus. The course opens with a discussion of the development and progression of AIDS and highlights AIDS-defining illnesses, including opportunistic infections, neurological disorders, malignancies, and tuberculosis. The major avenues of HIV transmission are discussed, including sexual, perinatal, and drug-associated routes. Nurses will learn about prevention of occupational transmission, which entails routine use of barriers and personal protective equipment (PPE) and adherence to hand-washing protocols. Practical information for nurses who treat persons infected with HIV is provided, such as recognizing psychosocial issues, providing appropriate referrals, and teaching self-management. Legal and ethical considerations regarding the disease are described, such as confidentiality and obligation to provide care. The course also covers the right to practice for healthcare providers who are infected with HIV. The course discusses antiretroviral therapy, adherence to treatment, drug resistance, and prophylaxis for opportunistic infections, and it touches on the difficulty of developing a vaccine for HIV. The course is relevant to a broad range of health care providers and applicable to the care of persons with HIV/AIDS in many settings. 

Florida - Fulfills one-time HIV/AIDS CE requirement.

California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 2 hours through March 23, 2017.

This course should not be taken in conjunction with HIV/AIDS: A 1-hour Overview.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the current trends in HIV and AIDS in the U.S.
  • Identify the CDC classification of stages of HIV infection.
  • Describe the basic pathophysiology of HIV.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) and seroconversion.
  • Identify routes of transmission, risk factors, and prevention strategies for HIV.
  • Identify assessment guidelines and treatment regimens for HIV/AIDS.
  • Describe testing and reporting requirements for HIV.
  • Specify the common concerns for a person living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Identify interventions to promote coping for those infected with HIV.
Eileen S. O'Neill, PhD, RN, is Professor Emeritus at the College of Nursing at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her areas of expertise are pathophysiology advanced practice nursing and nursing inquiry. Her clinical practice area is care of the adult patient. Dr. O'Neill's research program centers on clinical and patient decision making including the role of technology in improving patient care. She has been published in several leading nursing journals.
Sharon Valenti, MSN, ACNP-BC, ACCRN, AAHIVS, received her master’s of science degree in nursing from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and adult/acute care nurse practitioner training from the University of Michigan. In September of 2000, she assumed the position of a nurse practitioner in HIV/AIDS care through the Ryan White Program at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. Ms. Valenti is certified in HIV care through the American Academy of HIV Medicine and through the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care as an advanced AIDS care RN. During her 14-year career as an HIV/AIDS nurse practitioner, Ms. Valenti has worked in both the clinical care of HIV patients and in HIV research at St. John Hospital and Medical Center. She has received several awards for her accomplishments in HIV/AIDS care. Ms Valenti has taught HIV/AIDS care and prevention to nursing faculty throughout Tanzania. She has served as conference chair for numerous professional and community educational events and has published articles on HIV testing in primary care clinics.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • 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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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.