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What do HIV/AIDS nurses do?
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Lorry Schoenly, PhD, RN is a nurse writer and educator with over 25 years of experience. She has been certified in five different clinical specialties including critical care and emergency nursing. Starting as an associate degree registered nurse, she continued her schooling in traditional and distance-learning settings to obtain a BSN, MSN, and PhD in nursing while working full-time and raising a family. Lorry teaches nursing in a variety of settings including webinars and online nursing courses.

HIV/AIDS nurses specialize in the delivery of health care to persons infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). They also care for and educate family and support networks for people with HIV, often dispelling myths and misinformation about the condition. In addition, some HIV/AIDS nurses are involved in national and global efforts to promote the health and welfare of HIV-infected individuals.

What to Expect

Many HIV/AIDS nurses work in positions delivering direct care to persons with HIV/AIDS. These positions can be in visiting nurse programs, physicians' offices, and hospice and correctional settings. Although less prevalent than in prior decades, there is still a stigma that exists for individuals with HIV/AIDS. Nurses specializing in this field assist in dispelling misinformation through active patient and family education. Some nurses specializing in HIV/AIDS also work in public health or public policy positions guiding the management of HIV/AIDS from a community perspective.

Advancement in treatment options for this condition has turned HIV/AIDS from an acute to a chronic condition. With proper management, individuals diagnosed with the condition can lead long and productive lives. Even so, every treatment and pharmacologic agent has side effects, and most patients are on multi-drug regimens. HIV/AIDs nurses help patients manage their treatment along with their daily living needs, and they work closely with an infectious disease physician to maximize treatment.

How to Get Started

There are entry-level positions available in this specialty for nurses without much experience. Once a solid background in HIV/AIDS patient care is obtained, though, specialization can be further developed through obtaining advanced positions such as clinical nurse specialist or case manager. Certification in HIV/AIDs is available for qualified nurses and many low-cost continuing education opportunities exist. A good way to start in this career is to gain experience with generic positions that also include the care of HIV/AIDs patients. Such positions can be found in correctional facilities, urban clinics or infectious disease medical offices.


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Alcorn State University (Natchez, MS)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
American Sentinel University (Aurora, CO)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI)
Program Name: Nurse Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX)
Program Name: Nurse Educator Track, RN-MSN Nurse Educator
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Benedictine University (Lisle, IL)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
Brookline College (Phoenix, AZ)
Program Name: Master of Science Degree – Nursing Education
California State University-Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Charleston Southern University (Charleston, SC)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
Clarkson College (Omaha, NE)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH)
Program Name: Nursing Education Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Colorado Technical University (Colorado Springs, CO)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
Concordia University-Wisconsin (Mequon, WI)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Delta State University (Cleveland, MS)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Excelsior College (Albany, NY)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Felician College (Lodi, NJ / Rutherford, NJ)
Program Name: MS in Nursing - Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
Program Name: Nurse Educator Concentration
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Graceland University (Independence, MO)
Program Name: MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Herzing University (Madison, WI)
Program Name: MS - Nursing Education
Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Indiana State University (Terre Haute Online, IN)
Program Name: Nursing: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN
Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, IN)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Indiana Wesleyan University - Online (Marion, IN)
Program Name: M.S. Nursing Education
Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (Hammond, LA / Lafayette, LA / Lake Charles, LA)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Jacksonville University (Jacksonville, FL)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Keiser University (Orlando, FL / Tallahassee, FL)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (online only) - Orlando, Master of Science in Nursing (online only) - Tallahassee
Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)
Program Name: Nursing Education Leadership Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
La Roche College (Pittsburgh, PA)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Lewis University (Romeoville, IL)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Liberty University Online (Online)
Program Name: Nurse Educator (M.S.N.)
Loyola University New Orleans Online (New Orleans, LA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing specializing in HCSM, MSN - Nurse Educator, RN to MSN Bridge
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Mansfield, PA)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
McKendree University (Lebanon, IL)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
McKendree University (Louisville, KY)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
MCPHS University (Worcester, MA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Mercy College (Dobbs Ferry, NY)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls, TX)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Murray State University (Murray, KY)
Program Name: Academic Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Nebraska Methodist College (Omaha, NE)
Program Name: RN to MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, KY)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, ID)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Norwich University (Northfield, VT)
Program Name: MSN - Nursing Educator
Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Program Name: Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Oakland University (Rochester, MI)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Pace University (Pleasantville, NY)
Program Name: MA in Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Robert Morris University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT)
Program Name: MSN - Nursing Education, RN-BSN-MSN - Nurse Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (Peoria, IL)
Program Name: Child and Family Nursing (CNL CNS or Educator), Medical-Surgical Nursing (CNL CNS or Educator)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Saint Joseph's College of Maine (Standish, ME)
Program Name: Masters of Science in Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
South University Online (Montgomery, AL)
Program Name: Accelerated RN-MSN - Nurse Educator, MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
South University Online (Tampa, FL / West Palm Beach, FL)
Program Name: Accelerated RN-MSN - Nurse Educator, MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
South University Online (Savannah, GA)
Program Name: Accelerated RN-MSN - Nurse Educator, MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
South University Online (Columbia, SC)
Program Name: Accelerated RN-MSN - Nurse Educator, MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
St. Louis University (Saint Louis, MO)
Program Name: Adult (NP CNS or Nurse Educator), Gerontological (NP CNS or Nurse Educator), Pediatric (CNS NP or Nurse Educator), Psychiatric/Mental Health (CNS NP or Nurse Educator)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Stevenson University (Stevenson, MD)
Program Name: Master's in Nursing Education and Leadership
SUNY-Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome (Utica, NY)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Tennessee Board of Regents (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX)
Program Name: Online MSN - Nurse Educator, RN to MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (Lubbock, TX)
Program Name: Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, TX)
Program Name: Nurse Clinician Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Galveston, TX)
Program Name: Nursing Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Toledo (Toledo, OH)
Program Name: MSN - Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Thomas Edison State University (Trenton, NJ)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Union University (Jackson, TN)
Program Name: Education Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR)
Program Name: Nursing Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg, MO)
Program Name: Nurse Educator (Rural Family Nursing focus)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, HI)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Mary (Bismarck, ND)
Program Name: Registered Nurse - Master of Science Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson, MS)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Missouri (Columbia, MO)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of North Alabama (Florence, AL)
Program Name: Nursing in Teaching-Learning Environments
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing/Health Care Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Saint Mary (Leavenworth, KS)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator
University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, IN)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Oshkosh, WI)
Program Name: Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - BSN Track Education, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - RN Track Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Program Name: Master of Public Health - General, Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Informatics - General, Master of Science (M.S.) in Human and Social Services - Public Health, Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Technology - Health Informatics, MSN - Education (BSN Track), MSN - Education (RN Track), Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Health Policy, Ph.D. in Social Work - Medical Social Work
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, UT)
Program Name: M.S. Nursing - Education, M.S. Nursing - Education (RN to MSN Option)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
WGU Indiana (Indianapolis, IN)
Program Name: M.S. Nursing - Education (BSN to MSN), M.S. Nursing - Education (RN to MSN Option)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
WGU Washington (Seattle, WA)
Program Name: M.S. Nursing - Education, M.S. Nursing - Education (RN to MSN Option)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Wheeling Jesuit University (Wheeling, WV)
Program Name: Nursing Education Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited