Issue 20.2

International year of the nurse: not the celebration we imagined

Welcome to the summer issue of HIV Nursing in what was to be a celebration of the ‘International Year of the Nurse and Midwife’ and would have contained abstracts from the annual National HIV Nurse Association conference, which has been cancelled for this year. With the advance of COVID-19 everything has changed

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist (HIV Community), Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust

Psychosocial factors that impact maintaining health and wellbeing in women over 50 years living with HIV: a systematic review

Women now carry half the burden of the HIV epidemic worldwide, and even more in certain developing countries. This study aimed to determine psychosocial factors impacting on the health and wellbeing of ageing women living with HIV

Charlie Hughes & Michelle Croston
HIV Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals; & Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Aye corona! Experiences of an HIV nurse in a time of COVID-19

COVID-19 swept into 2020 like a hurricane, a few odd cases in Wuhan, China. Then news came of cases in Italy where people had been to China, the Italian epidemic had spread and what started as hundreds of deaths changed to thousands, and we were warned that it was coming our way.

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist (HIV Community), Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust

NEED: care delivery in the HIV field

As healthcare professionals we often have to deal with more or less challenging situations and manage them to the best of our abilities. Our training provides us with certain tools but occasionally life exceeds theory, and expectations. This article will illustrate how sympathy, empathy and compassion can be, and usually are, employed in combination in order to successfully treat patients and engage them in care.

Christina Antoniadi
Registered Nurse, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust, London

Proving the worth of HIV nurses

Rarely have nurses had to justify and quantify their role. However, since the recession in 2008 and far-reaching cuts across health care, nursing roles have been put under scrutiny. Nurses now have to work to outcomes and targets for the first time, and the value of the nurse, their role and worth to health care is being questioned. Once seen as a safe role within care many nurses now feel pressurised to justify and expand their role to add value. But what does this mean? How can nurses prove their worth and add value, and what tools are available to facilitate this change?

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist (HIV Community), Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust

CPD: Proving the worth of HIV nurses Self-assessment quiz

Test your knowledge and understanding by completing this quiz. You could do this before reading the article and then return to it afterwards to see how much you have learnt.

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist (HIV Community)

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