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"I decided to become certified in HIV/AIDS nursing after I took my first academic position.... Our promotion and tenure guidelines require certification in an area of nursing. Because my HIV prevention research interest, certification in HIV/AIDS nursing was a logical choice for me. I am proud of this certification because we are among a small number of nurses who hold this credential. It tells other nurses, other healthcare professionals, and our clients and research participants that we are experts in HIV/AIDS nursing. As long as I work in any aspect of HIV care or research, I will always maintain this important certification"

           -Dr. Joseph De Santis

 Nursing Certification and the Marketplace




"I have been an ACRN for over 12 years now. I am very proud of the ACRN credential and display it proudly in my list of in...itials, right after RN. It says that I took that extra step, that I specialize in HIV/AIDS nursing and that people can ask me about HIV/AIDS, that I am approachable and can support them and am knowledgeable about their care and the special needs and challenges they face."

               -Dr. Patrick Kenny



HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification
ACRN or AACRN Testing



Nursing is a second career for me. I got into nursing because of HIV/AIDS. The effects of this disease got too close to me and I decided that nursing was a way I could make a difference. My thirst for knowledge about HIV/AIDS was insatiable. I wanted to learn as much as I could. I viewed the ACRN as a vehicle to advance my knowledge as well as validation that I knew a little something about the subject. I felt very proud to be recognized as an ACRN, and in fact I still do. I continue to believe that there is a specialized knowledge base and capacity for compassion required for working with people with HIV/AIDS. Knowing other nurses that share the distinction provide me with confidence that they have at least a working knowledge AND interest in HIV/AIDS.


I believe the need for "AIDS nurses" to identify each other as comrades that share traumatic experiences in a supportive manner is less than it used to be. HIV/AIDS is much more understood know, stigma though still there is less, and there is much less death. This doesn't mean that AIDS care should no longer be a "specialty", it just means that the group can focus more on evidence based knowledge than group therapy.


ACRN is also a prerequisite for my current job as a HIV RN case manager. I work at Boston Health Care For The Homeless providing primary care to HIV+ homeless people of Boston. 


                      -Sandy Sheble-Hall RN, BSN, ACRN






HIV/AIDS Nursing Recertification


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