The concept of hope in nursing care of HIV patients

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The concept of hope in nursing care of HIV patients

The concept of hope in nursing care of HIV patients

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Since the discovery of HIV virus in 1980s, the scientific and medical disciplines have been greatly challenged by the extent of the pandemic. There are thousands of people who are dying from HIV/Aids related illnesses every day. The real threat of the pandemic has been recognized in lack of cure and HIV has been classified as one of the leading challenge to the human society in the 21st century.

The concept of hope in nursing care of HIV patients

With no cure or vaccination on sight, medical professions especially nurses have been left with a big burden of taking care of HIV/Aids patients. Even though most of the care give to HIV/Aids patients is home based care, these patients eventually ends up in hospital at the end stage of their illness. While nurses realize that their patients are going to die, and the patients may be very much aware of the fact, it has been found that nurses can use the concept of hope to offer a humanistic care to these patients which in a way prolongs their life. This paper will explore delivery of care to HIV patients by nurses. It will specifically look into the concept of hope and the framework under which is can be delivered.