HIV/AIDS Nursing

Here is What You Need to Know About HIV/AIDS Nursing

HIV/AIDS nurses educate individuals on how to prevent the spread of HIV and help those who are infected cope with the physical, social, emotional, and psychological aspects of their disease. HIV/AIDS nurses educate the patient and family on the effect of AIDS on the body and discuss possible treatments, while assisting the patient in maintaining as independent a lifestyle as possible. Many HIV/AIDS nurses work in community or public health, educating at-risk groups about ways to prevent the spread of HIV.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR ASN OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • WORK FOR 2 YEARS AS AN HIV/AIDS NURSE
  • PASS THE ACRN EXAMINATION

$50,000 - $80,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Connecting AIDS patients to support groups and services
  • Initiating a pain management plan or plan of care for AIDS patients
  • Administering treatments and medications
  • Monitoring patients for infections or other HIV-related complications
  • Speaking with patients and their families on how to prevent the spread of AIDS

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • HIV treatment centers
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Community/public health facilities

Certification

RN, plus AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN) certification if desired