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Measures to improve participation of registered nurses in HIV and AIDS research

Justin O. Rojaye, Robert T. Netangaheni
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 28 | a2484 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v28i0.2484 | © 2023 Justin O. Rojaye, Robert T. Netangaheni | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 July 2023 | Published: 11 December 2023

About the author(s)

Justin O. Rojaye, Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Tshwane, South Africa
Robert T. Netangaheni, Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Tshwane, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Registered nurses are crucial in lowering the complications of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in Nigeria. Human immunodeficiency virus infects individuals and impairs the immune system, impairing the body’s capacity to fight bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Therefore, registered nurse-led initiatives are beneficial in promoting HIV and AIDS research development. However, these evidence-based treatments and professional expectations for registered nurse research creation do not represent contemporary research development on HIV and AIDS by registered nurses.

Aim: This study aimed to explore measures to improve the participation of registered nurses in HIV and AIDS research in Nigeria.

Setting: The study was conducted at a general hospital in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Methods: A qualitative approach design was employed. Participants of the study comprised 31 registered nurses in three focus groups.

Results: This study demonstrated the importance of research in effectively reducing HIV and AIDS transmission and maintaining good practices in a hospital setting in Nigeria. However, this understanding did not translate into knowledge creation through autonomous research productivity in this context.

Conclusion: The study discovered that registered nurses were primarily involved in data collection and validation, which did not result in publications. The study found that registered nurses in Nigeria are typically worried about ways to promote nurses’ engagement in research in Nigeria.

Contribution: These results might be utilised to improve the supply of research services and act as a baseline for future research linked to HIV and AIDS transmission prevention in Nigeria.


Keywords

AIDS; HIV; measures; nurses; participation; research

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

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