270779 Preparing the Future: A Collaborative Nursing Education Strategy for Service Learning

Monday, October 29, 2012

Marjorie Buchanan, RN, MSN , Familiy and Community Health - Community/Public Health Nursing, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
Derek Spencer, MS, CRNP , JACQUES Initiative, University of Maryland School of Medicine Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore, MD
Jamie Mignano, BSN, MSN, MPH , Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Karen Kauffman, PhD, RN , School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Angelina Battaglia, MS , Office of Medical Education, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Alexandra Reitz, BS , JACQUES Initiative, University of Maryland School of Medicine Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore, MD
In 2011 the University of Maryland's Schools of Nursing and Medicine partnered with the JACQUES Initiative of the Institute of Human Virology to educate students to normalize, integrate and routinize HIV testing and linkage to care into their future practice through a didactic and hands-on curriculum called Preparing the Future (PTF) . The CDC recommended that HIV testing be part of routine health care. In 2011-2012, over 100 students and faculty were engaged through a curriculum consisting of HIV 101 (overview of the disease, epidemic, rationale for early testing and treatment and a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary continuum of care), HIV tester training by Maryland's Infectious Disease & Environmental Health Administration, a shadow experience with an HIV tester, an interdisciplinary case conference, and integration of HIV testing in clinical sites. In less than a year, campus-wide interest has emerged, with a current focus on engaging all disciplines (pharmacy, dentistry, public health, social work, law). Nursing and other students have developed higher levels of understanding and skill in primary and secondary prevention, as well as empathic, effective counseling and linkage to care skills. Through PTF, nurses and other health professions students are embracing a sustainable, long-term strategy for routinization of HIV testing is being developed, particularly critical in high prevalence urban areas. By integrating this training into their clinical education, PTF promotes a new way of thinking about HIV testing in emerging professionals, sensitivity to and support for clients faced with challenging life changes, and lifelong treatment and safe lifestyle regimens.

Learning Areas:
Program planning
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the integration of HIV into community/public health nursing education to promote the implementation of the National HIV & AIDS Strategy and CDCís recommendations to routinize HIV testing optimize individual and public health. 2. Describe the impact of Preparing the Future HIV curriculum and experiences on entry-level studentsí community/public health nursing knowledge, skills, and confidence. 3. Demonstrate the service contributions to community/public health nursing clinical agency partners and the communities they serve.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Public Health Nursing

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified because I am a nurse educator and researcher who conducts research on health promotion and communicable disease prevention in vulnerable communities. I have a faculty practice in SW Baltimore where this project is being implemented.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Jacques Intiative Community HIV Testing 10% of my faculty workload is funded through this project

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.