Evaluation of a Nurse Mentor Training Program in HIV Care and Treatment in the Eastern Cape of South Africa

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/201874
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Evaluation of a Nurse Mentor Training Program in HIV Care and Treatment in the Eastern Cape of South Africa
Author(s):
LaRock, William W.
Author Details:
William W. LaRock, MS, ANP, RN, email: blarock08@gmail.com
Abstract:
An estimated 5.7 million people were living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa in 2009, more than in any other country.  In 2008, over 250,000 South Africans died of AIDS. The implementation of antiretroviral treatment in South Africa has had mixed results.  An estimated 28 percent of infected people were receiving treatment for HIV at the end of 2007 in South Africa, below the average across lower- and middle-income countries. This paper describes the design, implementation and results of a year long intensive nurse mentor training program in which a cadre of 10 professional nurse mentors were trained in HIV care and treatment in the rural Eastern Cape, South Africa. Long situated as the frontline providers of care and referral in primary health centers in the public sector, nurses are positioned to become a critical link in the efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with HIV/AIDS. Despite the proliferation of formal trainings in HIV care and treatment, the lack of clinical expertise in the treatment of this disease remains an ongoing challenge. The need for reproducible models of training that quickly and efficiently promote clinical confidence and expertise while building capacity  among professional nurses  lead to the design of a clinical nurse mentoring program. Results indicate that a nurse mentor training program is associated with improved competencies in mentoring, HIV care and physical exam skills in a cadre of nurse mentors working in public sector HIV treatment clinics as measured by self report and observation at 3, 6, and 10 months after study initiation. Statistical analysis also suggests significance in the number of HIV infected children enrolled in HIV care in public sector clinics where nurse mentors were placed compared to clinics without a nurse mentor.
Keywords:
Mentoring; Nursing; Africa
Repository Posting Date:
11-Jan-2012
Date of Publication:
11-Jan-2012
Conference Date:
2011
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International
Description:
41st STTI Biennial Convention 2011, Theme - People and Knowledge: Connecting for Global Health.
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEvaluation of a Nurse Mentor Training Program in HIV Care and Treatment in the Eastern Cape of South Africaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLaRock, William W.en_US
dc.author.detailsWilliam W. LaRock, MS, ANP, RN, email: blarock08@gmail.comen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/201874-
dc.description.abstractAn estimated 5.7 million people were living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa in 2009, more than in any other country.  In 2008, over 250,000 South Africans died of AIDS. The implementation of antiretroviral treatment in South Africa has had mixed results.  An estimated 28 percent of infected people were receiving treatment for HIV at the end of 2007 in South Africa, below the average across lower- and middle-income countries. This paper describes the design, implementation and results of a year long intensive nurse mentor training program in which a cadre of 10 professional nurse mentors were trained in HIV care and treatment in the rural Eastern Cape, South Africa. Long situated as the frontline providers of care and referral in primary health centers in the public sector, nurses are positioned to become a critical link in the efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with HIV/AIDS. Despite the proliferation of formal trainings in HIV care and treatment, the lack of clinical expertise in the treatment of this disease remains an ongoing challenge. The need for reproducible models of training that quickly and efficiently promote clinical confidence and expertise while building capacity  among professional nurses  lead to the design of a clinical nurse mentoring program. Results indicate that a nurse mentor training program is associated with improved competencies in mentoring, HIV care and physical exam skills in a cadre of nurse mentors working in public sector HIV treatment clinics as measured by self report and observation at 3, 6, and 10 months after study initiation. Statistical analysis also suggests significance in the number of HIV infected children enrolled in HIV care in public sector clinics where nurse mentors were placed compared to clinics without a nurse mentor.en_GB
dc.subjectMentoringen_GB
dc.subjectNursingen_GB
dc.subjectAfricaen_GB
dc.date.available2012-01-11T10:57:38Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-11en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-11T10:57:38Z-
dc.conference.date2011-
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_US
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
dc.description41st STTI Biennial Convention 2011, Theme - People and Knowledge: Connecting for Global Health.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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