Online Learning Module for Nurses to Address Stigma & Discrimination towards Blood Borne Viruses -Melinda Hassall and Shelly Kerr.

Online Learning Module for Nurses to Address Stigma & Discrimination towards Blood Borne Viruses -Melinda Hassall and Shelly Kerr.
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Removing Barriers to Care: an Online Learning Module for Nurses, to Address Stigma and Discrimination towards People with Blood Borne Viruses - Melinda Hassall and Shelly Kerr.

People living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV), continue to experience stigma and discrimination from healthcare professionals, including nurses, when accessing health care. Stigmatising attitudes and/or discriminatory behaviour by a healthcare professional towards a patient or colleague with a blood borne virus is unethical and unprofessional.

This online learning module will provide nurses with an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of blood borne viruses, embrace changes to practice and policy to reduce stigma and discrimination experienced by patients with blood borne viruses.

The online learning module is being developed collaboratively with representatives from affected community organisations, nurses and includes interactive activities and reflective practice, incorporating evidence-based information and strategies to address stigma and discrimination. Evaluation will include self-identification when application of knowledge and attitudes to nursing practice has been implemented. 

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