In Their Words: Burdens of HIV Nursing Include Lack of Respect and Resources

November 10, 2017


Justin Alves, RN, ACRN, CARN

Justin Alves, RN, ACRN, CARN

Alves is a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

One thing that is [overburdensome] is that you find yourself caring about the patient more than anyone else on the team [does]. That's the one thing that, as a nurse ... [you] are the one who spends the most time with the patient, knows the most about what's going on, and ... knows that when the patient leaves here, they have a life, they have a family.

That is the most overburdensome: that sometimes with the team, you're like, "You don't get it. This is a person."

Image credit: Sony Salzman.

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