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Subject/Keyword
nurses
experiences
Universal
precautions
practices
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Nderitu, Esther
Supervisor and department
Dr. Judy Mill, Faculty of Nursing
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Solina Richter, Faculty of Nursing
Dr. Stan Houston, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Department
Faculty of Nursing
Specialization

Date accepted
2010-09-10T18:08:36Z
Graduation date
2010-11
Degree
Master of Nursing
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The use of universal or standard precautions by health care workers (HCWs) is essential to avoid exposure to blood and other body secretions that may transmit infectious diseases. Health care workers in Uganda often find it difficult to translate the principles of universal precautions into practice. Without appropriate use of universal precautions, disease transmission to HCWs may rise. In a resource-constrained environment such as Uganda however, nurses typically do not practice universal precautions unless they know the patients’ HIV or AIDS status. There is a need to understand the experiences and the context in which nurses’ practice universal precautions. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the experience of Ugandan nurses and midwives in the practice of universal precautions and to identify factors that influence the use of universal precautions by nurses while caring for persons living with HIV and AIDS. A qualitative research approach, using a focused ethnography was used for the study.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3Q34X
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License granted by Esther Nderitu (nderitu@ualberta.ca) on 2010-09-10 (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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