HIV/AIDS, HIV testing and counseling, nursing education, qualitative research, Uganda



  1. Harrowing, Jean N. RN, MN


In this ethnography, I explored the impact of an HIV/AIDS education program on the lives of 24 Ugandan nurses and nurse-midwives. Nurses who previously had viewed themselves simply as providers of advice and sympathy now saw themselves as more holistic, collaborative caregivers. They voiced an increased awareness of their role as leaders and advocates in the community with respect to policy. The education program had positive and synergistic effects on the nurses' professional practice, communication and problem-solving skills, confidence, and engagement in political and social change activities.