HIV/AIDS Nursing

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

HIV/AIDS nurses educate individuals on the prevention and 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.

Preparation Path

  • Attain a BSN
  • Pass the NCLEX and become an RN
  • Work for two years as an HIV/AIDS nurse
  • Pass the ACRN examination

Annual Salary Range
$39,500 – 90,000

Typical Tasks

  • Connecting AIDS patients to support groups and services
  • Initiating a pain management plan or care plan 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

Employment Settings

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


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

Education Requirements


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