People living with HIV (PLWH) face various work-related problems, such as stigma and physical difficulties. Health care professionals can help improve the employment situation of PLWH. Nurses who work in HIV care play a central role in the care of PLWH in the Netherlands. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the contributions of nurses to the vocational counseling of PLWH, and to make an inventory of needs for future care. Our findings, collected with a self-administered survey, clarified that HIV nurses in the Netherlands regularly faced patients with problems at work, but that they didn't have the required knowledge to provide assistance. Our study emphasized the important role of HIV nurses in vocational counseling because of their central positions in care and their confidential relationship with patients. The study underlined the importance of available, up-to-date knowledge about HIV and work, as well as a clear referral network.

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Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
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Wagener, M., Miedema, H., Kleijn, L. M., van Gorp, E., & Roelofs, P. (2015). Vocational Counseling of HIV-infected People: A Role for Nurses in HIV Care. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 26(4), 330–339. doi:10.1016/j.jana.2015.03.001