Online Education | HIV/AIDS—7th Edition: Implications for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals

image for  HIV/AIDS self-study course at University of Washington Continuing Nursing Education.This course is designed to update nurses and other health care providers about human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), HIV infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Course content meets education requirements mandated by the state of Washington for licensure of nurses and other health care providers. 

The course consists of 12 lectures with handouts for each lecture, two brief online reading assignments that familiarize registrants with KNOW (an online HIV Prevention Education reference manual) and HIV Web Study (online HIV case studies), a post-test and a course evaluation.

NOTE: Enrollment is closed for this edition.
Please click here to register for HIV/AIDS: 8th Edition.

Publish Date: July 25, 2012.  This course will be available until October 2015. The course will be updated in the fall of 2015.

Target Audience

Registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals across all settings

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you should be better able to:

  • Explain the epidemiology, transmission, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of HIV infection.
  • Describe common clinical manifestations of HIV infection.
  • Discuss the goals of antiretroviral therapy. 
  • Identify adherence issues relation to Highly-Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART).
  • Discuss strategies for HIV prevention and risk reduction. 
  • Describe diagnostic tests for HIV and strategies for disclosing results to patients. 
  • Discuss psychosocial aspects and the life experience of people living with HIV.
  • Describe post-exposure prophylaxis and indications for its use.
  • Explain the relationship between substance abuse and HIV infection.
  • Discuss ethical issues related to the care of patients with HIV/AIDS. 
  • Discuss HIV in women, including epidemiology, treatment guidelines and reproductive health issues.
  • Describe proper placement and removal of a condom. 
  • Access two free online resources, KNOW and HIV Web Study.

Additional Information

Audio and Video
  1. HIV Epidemiology, Transmission and Pathogenesis
  2. Acute HIV and Clinical Manifestations
  3. Antiretroviral Therapy
  4. Highly-Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) Adherence
  5. HIV Prevention and Risk Reduction
  6. HIV/AIDS Education, Testing and Disclosure
  7. Psychosocial Aspects of HIV
  8. Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
  9. Substance Abuse and HIV
  10. Clinical Ethics
  11. HIV and Women
  12. Condom Demonstration

UWCNE Accreditation Information

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Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 9.00 Contact hours
  • Debra Adams, MSN, ACRN
    Director, New Hope Clinic/Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Yakima; Faculty, Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center (NWAETC), Seattle
  • Shauna Applin, MN, CNM, ARNP, AAHIVMS
    Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwife, Community Health Care, Tacoma
  • Margo Bykonen, MN, RN
    Nursing Director, Acute Care Services, Dialysis and Palliative Care, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle
  • Shireesha Dhanireddy, MD
    Assistant Medical Director, Madison Clinic, Harborview Medical Center/UW Medicine, Seattle; Assistant Professor, Allergy and Infectious Diseases, UW School of Medicine, Seattle
  • Karen Dykes, ARNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Southwest Infectious Disease, Seattle
  • Carolly Marks, MN, ARNP
    Health Care Specialist, Madison Clinic, Harborview Medical Center/ UW Medicine, Seattle; Private Practice, Seattle
  • Joseph Merrill, MD, MPH
    Clinical Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine, UW School of Medicine; Research Scientist, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, UW, Seattle
  • Chris Porter, MSN, ARNP 
    Owner and Nurse Practitioner, Chris Porter Medical, Seattle
  • David H. Spach, MD
    Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, UW School of Medicine; Clinical Director, NWAETC, Seattle

Available Credit

  • 9.00 Contact hours


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