The Experience of Ugandan Nurses in the Practice of Universal Precautions

  • Author / Creator
    Nderitu, Esther
  • 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.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2010
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    Master of Nursing
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Solina Richter, Faculty of Nursing
    • Dr. Stan Houston, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry