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Subject/Keyword
Rural nursing
Uganda
HIV nursing
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
McRae, Harmony R
Supervisor and department
Saunders, Duncan (Public Health)
Examining committee member and department
Caine, Vera (Faculty of Nursing)
Mill, Judy (Faculty of Nursing)
Mumtaz, Zubia (Public Health)
Department
Department of Public Health Sciences
Specialization
Global Health
Date accepted
2014-09-26T14:03:39Z
Graduation date
2014-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The era of HIV in Uganda has impacted every sector of society, especially the health system. Nurses are commonly the only health professionals available at rural health facilities, working with heavy workloads in difficult circumstances. This study examined how rural nurses cared for people living with HIV and AIDS, explored challenges to care, experiences of stress and coping strategies. Using a focused ethnography, the study took place from September 2010 to February 2011 and included 5 focus groups and 14 interviews with nurses in Kabarole District, Uganda. Structural challenges included staffing and drug shortages and social challenges included stigma, poverty and gender inequality, which prevented nursing care for patients with HIV and AIDS. Nurses felt demoralized and helpless, and relied on teamwork and faith to cope with their workload. Suggestions for policy interventions include improved staffing, using a mix of incentives and increased policy involvement to improve the nursing situation.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R37H1DT47
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