Emily Wheeler, Nursing Program Manager, ASHM

Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.

If nurses were a statin...

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Nurses need to use the strong evidence base, established globally and locally, to justify their advocacy (and that of their supporters) around expanding the role of nurses in caring for people with HIV.

The nursing satellite session held yesterday morning at the AIDS2014 conference demonstrated the fantastic work of nurses Stepping up, Stepping forward and Stepping beyond in Australia, Nepal, the US and South Africa.

As A/Prof Jason Farley (from Johns Hopkins Uni) explained, there is a significant amount of evidence available to demonstrate that nursing care, delivered by competent and endorsed nurse practitioners (NPs) can have no adverse outcomes, can be cost-effective, and is acceptable to physicians and patients. As Jason put it so elegantly... "If we were a statin, based on the evidence to support us, we would be used more widely. There is less evidence supporting some statin use than there is supporting the role of NPs in HIV."

But nurses need to learn how to use and understand the evidence, and advocate as a united voice.

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