AIDS: Secretions and Implications for Nursing Care-Givers.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The scourge of AIDS has andor will impact virtually every person alive today. Whether it is a friend, family member, acquaintance or loved one, everyone will soon know someone with AIDS. If progress is not made against this horrific disease, it will rank among historys greatest killers. For nurses, this knowledge assumes a new and more crucial dimension when it brings the person with AIDS into the nurses working environment. These settings have become hotbeds of controversy because of the emotions that this disease evokes in people horror, pity, sadness, revulsion, confusion, denial, rejection, and condemnation are some of the emotions used to describe someones reaction to an AIDS victim. As a caring profession, nurses must deal with these patients in a safe, empathic, and professional demeanor. Doing so requires the nurse to be both knowledgeable about the physiological, legal, and ethical aspects of the disease, as well as non-judgmental about the psycho-social aspects of the condition.
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