Date of Award

Spring 2007

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The purpose of this research study is a better understanding of the culture, experiences, and responses of parish nurses and their patients in Swaziland, Africa in relation to the problem of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country. In this qualitative study, based on grounded theory, two parish nurses and two HIV/AIDS positive individuals that received care from a parish nurse were formally and informally interviewed about their experiences with HIV/AIDS and field notes were taken. The major themes of this study that are important to all participants is recognizing and taking ownership of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in their country through Swaziland people helping other Swaziland people. Participants felt that taking ownership of the epidemic and caring for each other was the first step to fighting against HIV/AIDS.

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Nursing Commons