The American Nurses Association ( Ana ) Code Of Ethics

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According to Provision 8 of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics, “The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public to protect human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health disparities.” (American Nurses Association, n.d.). Therefore, nurses and other healthcare workers must set aside any preconceived notions about a populace in order to provide equal care amongst all populations. This includes patients who are HIV positive. Nurses and healthcare workers must ignore the stigma surrounding the disease and communicate effectively with these patients in order to assure prompt, compassionate treatment.
Impact on Health and Wellness The person who is HIV positive experiences many barriers to healthcare, whether it be actual barriers or perceived barriers. A study by Mill, Edwards, Jackson, Austin, MacLean, & Reintjes (2009) revealed that people living with HIV (PHA) had negative experiences with healthcare workers in a number of ways. One PHA in the study reported that he overheard his nurse call him by a derogatory name. Another PHA reported that healthcare workers double-glove as soon as they learn they are HIV positive, leaving the PHA to feel stigmatized. On the reverse end of that issue, the study also revealed that some healthcare workers may forego gloves altogether to validate their comfort level with the PHA’s diagnosis. This leaves both the healthcare worker and PHA unprotected and at risk for infection. One nurse…
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