Three-step HIV/AIDS Training Program for Nurses

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Course description


Three-step HIV/AIDS Training Program for Nurses
(New Series of Three Consecutive 3-day Courses)

Main Learning Objectives

I. Basics of HIV Infection: Improving Tolerance toward PLWH

  • Refresh and improve knowledge of the HIV epidemic in the region
  • Learn etiology and diagnostic principles of HIV infection and the main clinical presentations of HIV associated diseases
  • Learn the basics of ART
  • Learn the principles of pre- and post-test counseling
  • Study problems of stigma, social ostracism, and discrimination against PLWH and ways to mitigate
  • Become conscious of one's own fears, prejudices, and stigma against PLWH and learn to overcome
  • Study risks and prevention methods for occupational infection with HIV

II. Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy Regimens

  • Understand goals of ART, consequences of non-adherence, and development of drug resistance
  • Learn methods of assessment and monitoring ART adherence
  • Acquire counseling skills to help improve ART adherence
  • Learn the particular features of ART and ways to enhance adherence in different groups of patients (children, pregnant women, IDUs)

III. HIV Palliative Care

  • Study general issues of providing palliative care to PLWH
  • Learn how to provide palliative care to different categories of patients
  • Learn to evaluate and relieve pain in patients with HIV/AIDS
  • Learn how to provide end-of-life palliative care
  • Train on the principles of preventing burnout syndrome in caregivers
  • Learn to apply the knowledge gained in practical settings
Key Topics I. Basics of HIV Infection: Improving Tolerance toward PLWH
Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS (global/regional); HIV history, etiology, and diagnosis; fundamentals of ART and OI treatment; pre- and post-test counseling; drug dependency and HIV infection; stigma and discrimination; occupational health

II. Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy Regimens
Introduction to ART: the life cycle of HIV and the goals of ART; main groups of ARV medications; ART regimens; side-effects; evaluation of patient readiness; adherence counseling; ART for IDUs; improving adherence in pregnant women; nurse’s role in enhancing patient treatment adherence; social support for ART adherence; team approach; role of family members

III. HIV Palliative Care
Course materials are developed for objectives of specific target groups

Basis of Curriculum, Key Teaching Documents, and Materials Provided
  • HIV/AIDS Treatment and Care Clinical Protocols for the WHO European Region (2006)
  • Relevant national protocols and policies
  • Set of slides and handouts

All materials available printed or electronically

Teaching Methods Lectures, small group instruction, role plays, demonstrations, and discussions
Target Audience Nurses working with HIV-infected patients
Maximum class size: 18-24 participants
Faculty Instructors are physicians specializing in infectious diseases, nurses, social workers, and palliative care specialists
Duration The program consists of a series of three 3-day courses