Self-awareness and HIV nursing
Patients with HIV often present to services with
complex and challenging psychosocial issues.
As nurses, we are often required to discuss the sexual disclosure of HIV, testing of children/sexual partners, issues around sexuality, risky sexual behaviour, harm reduction and the onward transmission of HIV. When working with others in a professional capacity, it is important that we are clear about our own personal beliefs, values and needs. Self-awareness is a process that enables nurses to learn more about their personal beliefs and value and is considered an important tool during the development of therapeutic relationships with patients.
Michelle Croston & Kirsten Jack
North Manchester General Hospital & Manchester Metropolitan University