Perceptions of Professional Nurses in Rural Hospitals of the Limpopo Province Regarding Nursing Care of Patients with Human immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome*Corresponding Author: Thelmah Xavela Maluleke, Professor, HSRC-Pretoria, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Private Bag X41, pretoria, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria, South Africa, Tel: +27 12 302 2359, 0825888582 or 079985614, Fax: +27 12 302 2525, Email: [email protected]
Received Date: Sep 24, 2012 / Accepted Date: Oct 22, 2012 / Published Date: Oct 29, 2012
Citation: Maluleke TX, Manganye BS, Lebese RT (2012) Perceptions of Professional Nurses in Rural Hospitals of the Limpopo Province Regarding Nursing Care of Patients with Human Immuno-deficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. J AIDS Clinic Res 3:176.DOI: 10.4172/2155-6113.1000176
Copyright: © 2012 Maluleke TX, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This was a qualitative study conducted in one regional and two district hospitals in the rural areas of the Limpopo Province. Its purpose was to explore and describe the perceptions of HIV/AIDS trained professional nurses regarding nursing care that is rendered to PLWHA in their own wards or units. Three rural hospitals of the Limpopo Province, one regional and two district hospitals participated in the study. Purposive sampling was used to select the wards and professional nurses who participated in the study. A total of three focus group discussion were conducted, one at each hospital. Individual interviews were conducted with professional on what they consider to be good and proper nursing care for HIV positive patients. The participants were of the view that nursing care for HIV and AIDS patients should be non-discriminatory, following precautionary measures to protect patient, self and other, giving health education, support and counselling and maintain confidentiality. Knowledge of HIV and AIDS, respect for human dignity, trusting nurse-patient relationship, and confidence in the caring relationship were identified as the main contributory factors to giving good nursing care to HIV-positive patients. To improve the quality of care for PLWHA all nurses working in the wards should have advanced knowledge and skills in the care of HIV and AIDS patients.