Online Education | HIV/AIDS - 9th Edition | Implications for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals

This course is designed to update nurses and other members of the health care team 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 healthcare professionals. 

Course Requirements

The course consists of:

  • Lectures with handouts for each lecture.
  • Two brief reading assignments in KNOW (an online HIV Prevention Education reference published by the Washington State Department of Health Office of Infectious Disease).
  • Post-test.
  • Evaluation.

To earn contact hour credit for this activity, you must achieve a grade of 80% or higher on the post-test. The test can be retaken as often as needed.

Publish Date: October 31, 2018.  This course will be available until October 31, 2021.

Target Audience

Nurses, advanced practice nurses and other healthcare professionals. Content meets the 7-hour HIV/AIDS education requirement mandated by the state of Washington for licensure of nurses and other healthcare providers.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the epidemiology, transmission and pathogenesis of HIV infection.
  2. Describe common clinical manifestations of HIV infection.
  3. Describe diagnostic testing and counseling guidelines for HIV infection.
  4. Discuss the goals of and treatment recommendations for antiretroviral therapy (ART).
  5. Describe strategies for promoting adherence to antiretroviral therapy.
  6. Identify approaches to HIV prevention and risk reduction.
  7. Describe the evidence for and basics of prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) using antiretroviral medication(s).
  8. Discuss the role of condom use in HIV prevention.
  9. Discuss the psychosocial aspects of living with HIV infection.
  10. Discuss the impact of HIV on women including epidemiology, treatment guidelines and reproductive health issues.
  11. Describe the End AIDS Washington campaign and its implications for healthcare professionals.
  12. Identify common ethical issues related to the care of patients with HIV/AIDS.
  13. Access KNOW, a free online resource for healthcare professionals. 

Additional Information

Audio and Video
Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 7.50 Contact hours
  • 2.70 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level

Course Content

Lecture 1:     HIV Epidemiology, Transmission and Pathogenesis - Gretchen Snoeyenbos Newman, MD
Lecture 2:     Acute HIV and Clinical Manifestations - Brian Wood, MD
Lecture 3:     HIV Testing and Counseling - Karen Dykes, ARNP
Lecture 4:     Antiretroviral Therapy: Overview (Rx) - Karen Dykes, ARNP & Shauna Applin, ARNP, CNM, AAHIVMS
Lecture 5:     Antiretroviral Therapy: Strategies for Adherence (Rx) - Toni Kempner, BSN, RN, ACRN, CCRC
Lecture 6:     Prevention and Risk Reduction - Karen Dykes, ARNP
Lecture 7:     PrEP, Treatment as Prevention and PEP (Rx) - Shireesha Dhanireddy, MD
Lecture 8:     Condom Demonstration - Toni Kempner, BSN, RN, ACRN, CCRC
Lecture 9:     Psychosocial Aspects of HIV - Christine McKay, MSW, LICSW
Lecture 10:   Women and HIV (Rx) - Shauna Applin, MN, ARNP, CNM, AAHIVMS
Lecture 11:   End AIDS Washington - Maria Courogen, MPH

Required Assignments

Two readings in KNOW - HIV Prevention Education, 2014 Revised Edition
a)  Management of Occupational Exposure to HIV/HBV/HCV and Other Blood-Borne Pathogens, KNOW, p. 30-34 
b)  Legal and Ethical Issues, KNOW, p. 71-76

  • Shauna Applin, MN, CNM, ARNP, AAHIVMS
    Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwife, Community Health Care, Tacoma, WA
  • 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, Infectious Disease Associates, CHI Franciscan Health, Burien, WA
  • Tamara Jones
    Policy and Systems Coordinator, End AIDS Washington, Washington State Department of Health, Olympia, WA
  • Toni Kempner, BSN, RN, ACRN, CCRC
    Nursing Supervisor, Health Services Center, Multnomah County Clinic, Portland, OR; Clinical Preceptor, NW AETC, Seattle, WA
  • Christine (Cervenka) McKay, MSW, LICSW
    Case Manager, Madison Clinic, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • Gretchen Snoeyenbos Newman, MD
    Fellow, Infectious Diseases, UW Medicine/University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • Brian Wood, MD
    Assistant Professor, UW School of Medicine; Faculty Trainer, NW AETC, and Medical Director, NW AETC ECHO Telehealth Program, Seattle, WA

NW AETC = Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center, University of Washington


Disclosures for this educational offering:

Shauna Applin
Consulting, Speaking & Teaching: Gilead, Merck
Advisory Committees or Review Panels: Gilead, Merck

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Available Credit

  • 7.50 Contact hours
  • 2.70 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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