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The attitudes, concerns, gloving practices and knowledge of nurses in a Taiwanese hospital regarding AIDS and HIV

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Abstract:

Many studies have documented nurses’ attitudes and concerns regarding AIDS/HIV, but little is known about Taiwanese nurses. We documented attitudes, concerns, gloving practices and practical AIDS/HIV knowledge of 1090 nurses from one metropolitan hospital in Changhua City, Taiwan. The response rate was 80.9%. Both HIV and hepatitis contraction in the workplace was nurses’ main concern. Two hundred and ten nurses (19.3%) were seriously considering leaving nursing because of fear of contracting AIDS/HIV. Virtually all nurses considered it their right to be informed of the presence of HIV-positive patients in their direct work area and many believed that HIV testing of patients should be mandatory. Practical AIDS/HIV knowledge was deficient. These Taiwanese nurses have concerns and fears that might be related to deficiencies in practical AIDS/HIV knowledge. Continuous educational programmes are recommended to alleviate these nurses’ attitudes and concerns regarding AIDS/HIV.

Keywords: AIDS; HIV; Taiwan; attitudes; concerns

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2003.00455.x

Affiliations: 1: Head, Department of Emergency Medicine, Changhua Show Chwan Memorial Hospital, Changhua City, Taiwan 2: Director of Research Laboratory, Department of Emergency Medicine, ChangHua Show Chwan Memorial Hospital, Changhua City, Taiwan 3: Senior Nurse, Emergency Critical Care Unit, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua City, Taiwan 4: Statistician, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Changhua Christian Hospital, Changhua City, Taiwan 5: Nursing Supervisor, Department of Nursing, China Medical College Hospital, Taichung City, Taiwan

Publication date: February 1, 2004

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