About Course #N1999
Release Date: June 13, 2018
Expiration Date: June 30, 2020
Major progress has been made in understanding the many facets of human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency disease (HIV/AIDS). Inroads into detection, immune response, and transmission have helped in the development of therapeutic interventions, including four-drug combination therapies. The first four-drug combination, Stribild, was approved in 2012. In 2015 the second drug-drug combination, Genvoya, was approved (U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA], 2016). The importance of these drugs and their implication in the nursing care of HIV patients are discussed in this course. Because of the fast-paced change in HIV knowledge, nurses may not be aware of new advances, current treatments, and nursing interventions. In 2015, approximately 12.4% of people infected with HIV in Florida did not know their status (Florida Health, 2017a). All nurses, regardless of the setting, should be performing a brief screening for HIV and promoting yearly HIV testing for sexually active individuals. Therefore, nursing knowledge must be up-to-date on the care, treatment, and prevention of HIV.
Nurses play a key role in providing care to HIV patients. Nursing interventions that will be discussed include the positive promotion of testing, teaching prevention, assessing risk factors, promoting adherence to therapy, and supporting continuous care. Nursing outcomes encompass linkage to HIV care and retention in HIV care. For those patients with a lapse in care, a positive approach is necessary to reintegrate the patient into a therapeutic treatment regimen. HIV-related research continues to contribute to the understanding of this complex disease, as well as many opportunistic, immune-deficiency-related health conditions.
This course provides nurses and other healthcare professionals with an understanding of the transmission and prevention of HIV, the care of persons with HIV, and the issues of living with HIV. Recent changes in terminology and staging are discussed. Legal and ethical issues, including recent changes in testing, confidentiality, and reporting requirements are discussed.
Florida Nurses - This course meets the Florida state nursing requirements for HIV/AIDS continuing education for nurses, including advanced practice nurses.
This course should not be taken in conjunction with course #N1798 HIV/AIDS: A 2-hour Overview.
About the Author(s)
Leanna Marchand, RN, BSN, JD, is a founding partner in Marchand and 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.
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