University of Venda, South Africa
Prof. Akinsola is a public health specialist and obtained his first degree and Ph.D. at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and Master’s degree at the University of Manchester, England. He has worked in different parts of Africa where he served in different capacities. Between 2009 and 2015, Prof. Akinsola was the Head of the Dept. of Public Health at the University of Venda where he has been working since 2007. He retired in May 2015 and he is currently a Professor Emeritus in Public Health at the University of Venda.
The purpose of the study was to assess the self-perceived impact of work life on nurses caring for people living with HIV/AIDS in a municipality in South Africa. The study adopted a cross-sectional design and the target population was the nurses caring for people living with HIV/AIDS at the hospitals in Thulamela municipality, South Africa. A sample of 200 nurses was taken randomly from the 4 hospitals and wards where HIV/AIDS patients are admitted in the municipality. A Likert Scale type of questionnaire was used as the instrument for data collection. The questionnaire was self-administered. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences software (SPSS) version 20.0 was used for data analysis. Ethical clearance certificate to conduct this study was issued by the University of Venda Research Ethical Committee. The result showed that the general feeling of a sizeable proportion of the respondents was that they suffered from signs of psychological problems due to their caring role and they also expressed feelings of depression and burnout.