16th International AIDS Conference


Toronto, Canada - August 13 - 18, 2006


NURSING STUDENTS' ANTICIPATION OF CARING FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

Int Conf AIDS. 2006 Aug 13-18;16 Abstract No. TuPE0197

S. Quinn, C. Iwasiw, C. McWilliam
The University of Western Ontario, School of Nursing, London, Canada


BACKGROUND: Nursing students are a vital resource in responding to the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic. Yet, research about students' anticipation of providing care for a client with HIV/AIDS is absent from nursing literature. The themes and patterns that form the nature and structure of the student experience have yet to be uncovered by research. The purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of Canadian baccalaureate nursing students' anticipation of caring for a client with HIV/AIDS.

METHODS: In-depth, semi-structured interviews from key informants were conducted for this qualitative study. The purposeful sample consists of ten participants from two universities in Southern and Southwestern Ontario.

RESULTS: Data collection is in progress. Data analysis will uncover convergent and divergent themes to gain an understanding of the meaning students associate with the experience of anticipating providing care to clients with HIV/AIDS. Results will be discussed following completion of data analysis.

CONCLUSIONS: It is expected that findings will inform nurse educators of the guidance students require to feel at ease caring for clients with the diagnosis and increase registered nurses' understanding of the student experience. Registered nurses may then provide increased support to nursing students who engage in clinical practice with clients with HIV/AIDS. If students receive the required support, clients with HIV/AIDS will benefit from positive nurse-client interactions, and their overall quality of life may be enhanced by supportive relationships experienced in the health care setting.

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