News Medical (10.17.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
The Duke University School of Nursing began accepting applications for an HIV/AIDS concentration within its Primary Care Nurse Practitioner major. James Harmon, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, AAHIVS, assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing, would direct the distance-based HIV/AIDS curriculum, which would become available in fall 2014.
Janice Humphreys, PhD, RN, associate dean for academic affairs, stated that the school aimed to recruit students who wanted to work with rural, underserved populations. Funding for the specialty concentration came from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in support of the US government’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Primary NHAS goals include reducing the number of new HIV infections, helping HIV-infected people stay healthy by increasing access to care, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.
HHS funded the nurse practitioner HIV/AIDS specialty concentration in only five nursing schools nationwide; Duke was the only southeastern US school selected. Harmon noted that many experienced HIV/AIDS practitioners were close to retirement age, and the Duke University School of Nursing specialty concentration aimed to help supply the next generation of healthcare providers.