Integrating HIV-Related Content Into a Competency-Based Curriculum
Explains how curricula in schools of nursing can be modified to produce graduates who are competent in the performance of a wide range of tasks related to HIV infection and AIDS. Addressed to nurse educators and managers, the book concentrates on competency-based learning as the best method for training nurses to perform AIDS-related tasks, whether involving the clinical care of patients, the counselling of families, or advice to the general public. Guidelines for the continuing education of practicing nurses are also provided.
The first and most extensive chapter provides a detailed, step-by-step guide to the planning and modification of curricula to include AIDS-related knowledge and skills. Curriculum development is presented in three stages moving from a definition of the professional competencies needed, through the translation of these professional competencies into student competencies to the formulation of an instruction plan. Throughout, examples of specific AIDS-related nursing tasks are used to illustrate the new areas of competence that need to be included in basic nursing education. Of particular practical value is a detailed example of an instruction plan, specific to HIV infection and AIDS, which includes information on the competencies required, the skills and knowledge involved, course level for training, learning methods and resources, and tools for evaluation. The remaining chapters offer practical advice on the planning and organization of workshops, seminars, and other program for the continuing education of nurses.