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HIV/AIDS Care Nurse

RN diploma, ASN, or BSN

HIV/AIDS Nurses are trained to provide care for patients infected with AIDS, a deadly, incurable disease that attacks a patient’s immune system. These nurses help patients cope with and manage the different emotional and physical symptoms that come with having their disease. Many HIV/AIDS Nurses work in community or public health, educating at risk groups about safe sex and the dangers of sharing needles.

Things You'll Do:

  • Connect patients to support groups and services
  • Teach patients how to prevent the spread of the disease
  • Administer treatments and medications

Your job characteristics:

  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Research-oriented

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Nursing Diploma, Associate of Science in Nursing or Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse
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  • Two years of experience working in an HIV/AIDS related field is recommended, but not required.
  • Pass Your
    AIDS Certified Registered Nurse exam (ACRN)
  • Become a
    AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN)

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  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Physician’s office
    • Outpatient care clinics

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    Can Expect

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