What Nurses Know...HIV/AIDS

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What Nurses Know...HIV/AIDS



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What Nurses Know...HIV/AIDS provides up-to-date, reliable and practical health information for people living with HIV and their significant others. In easy-to-understand everyday language the authors give information to help individuals with HIV navigate the healthcare system, covering everything from receiving an initial HIV test to becoming an engaged member of their healthcare team, knowledgeable and actively involved in their healthcare decisions. The authors include vignettes based on their real-life experiences that speak to the individual with aids. However, they approach HIV in a holistic manner and write not for the individual with HIV, but also their friends, family, and community.

What Nurses Know Series:

Nurses hold a critical role in modern health care that goes beyond their day-to-day duties. They share more information with patients than any other provider group, and are alongside patients twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week offering understanding of complex health issues, holistic approaches to ailments, and advice for the patient that extends to the family. Nurses themselves are a powerful tool in the healing process.

The What Nurses Know series will give down-to-earth information, address consumers as equal partners in their care and explain clearly what a reader needs to know and wants to know to understand their condition and move forward with their lives.


Product Details

  • Publication Date February 14, 2012
  • Page Count 280
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303199

Editorial Review(s)

“A practical and usable guide that can serve as an empowering tool for anyone wanting to learn more about the care of individuals with HIV infection."—Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, March 2013

"A great resource for anyone diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and the people who care about them.”—Library Journal, March 2012

“Over more than thirty years of the HIV epidemic…nurses have played an irreplaceable role in patient care, education, and support. Here’s to Rose and Maithe, nurses who walk the walk every day; then go beyond the clinic to research and publish. What Nurses Know… HIV/AIDS provides plainly worded, practical, yet comprehensive answers to common questions. It should serve as a powerful tool to educate and empower, not only patients, family, and friends, but healthcare students and practitioners as well.”—Michael R. Driks, MD, Infectious Disease Associates of Kansas City, PC, Kansas City, MO

“[All persons] living with HIV can do their part by educating themselves and others, practice safe sex, promote testing, stay engaged in care and by living well. This book will provide you with much needed knowledge and information. As we all know, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! HIV can stop with us one step at a time.”—Deanna L. Hayes, HIV Peer Educator and Patient Advocate, Truman Medical Center, Hospital Hill, Kansas City, MO

“Everyone should read this book! It is definitely not just for the HIV-positive individual. Anyone who reads it will benefit, and it is written in a way that is very easy to understand. This book should be given to all high schools students as part of their education. HIV/AIDS has been around for 30 years, and sadly the stigma is still with us today, and if people would just read this book, they may begin to realize HIV/AIDS is, after all, a ‘human’ condition that does not discriminate.” — Patricia “Trish” Steen, HIV Peer Educator and Patient Advocate, Truman Medical Center, Hospital Hill, Kansas City, MO

“There are a plethora [of] times when we get a ‘How to’ book on self-care [and then] we are diluted by the deluge of facts and recommendations. The ether of our innocence fades into time and so shall we follow. Comes now a book to help with our tomorrows.”—Gerry Ortego, HIV Peer Educator and Patient Advocate, Truman Medical Center, Hospital Hill, Kansas City, MO

About The Author(s)

Rose Farnan RN, BSN, ACRN

Rose Farnan has been actively involved in the care of people living with HIV since 1991. In her current role as Infectious Diseases Program Manager at Truman Medical Center she has implemented several HIV programs targeting those clients most at risk for being poorly engaged or lapsing out of care. These programs include a Treatment Adherence Program utilizing HIV+ peer educators, a Bilingual Care Team providing enhanced services for Spanish speaking clients, and facilitated a collaboration of healthcare providers providing care to pregnant women and children, the Positive Pregnancy Project, which works to decrease mother to infant HIV transmission. She has developed several educational tools including Taking Control: A Health Maintenance Workbook, The Positive Pregnancy Guide, and HIV Action Plans.

Dr. Maithe Enriquez PhD, RN, ANP-BC

Maithe Enriquez is Associate Professor University of Missouri, Sinclair School of Nursing and nurse practitioner University Physician Associates, Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill. She has published widely on the issue of HIV and AIDS in professional journals such as the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, AIDS Patient Care and STDs, and the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Dr. Enriquez has been a mentor for the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations and an editorial board member for the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Living with HIV and AIDS
1.What are HIV and AIDS?
2. Now that I know I have HIV - What Happens Next?
3. Managing Your HIV: The Basics
4. Lifestyle Changes and Healthy Habits
5. Medications and Treatments
6. Opportunistic Infections
7. Dealing with Body Image Issues
8. Mental Health and Substance Abuse
9. Family Issues
10. Helping a Loved One who has HIV