AIDS care in Nigeria: Are nurses comfortable performing procedures?


  • Adetoyeje Y Oyeyemi PT DHSc GCS,

    Corresponding author
    1. Clinical Assistant Professor, State University of New York College of Health Related Profession, Brooklyn, New York and Associate Director of Hospitals, Susan Smith McKinney Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
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  • Bashir O Oyeyemi MBBS,

    1. Head of Department, Department of Pediatrics, Federal Medical Center, Katsina, Nigeria
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  • Ibrahim S Bello MBBS FMCGP

    1. Consultant, Department of Family Practice, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
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  • Study was approved by the ethics committees of Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Ilorin Teaching Hospitals.

Adetoyeje Y. Oyeyemi, Susan Smith McKinney Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 594 Albany Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA. Email:


Nurses' feeling of comfort during care is important to stay on the job and for their choice of specialty of care. This study aimed to assess nurses' level of comfort in providing care to patients living with AIDS and to determine the sociodemographic variables that influence nurses' comfort. Nurses in four hospitals in Nigeria (n = 277) were surveyed using a questionnaire that elicited information on their demographic characteristics, previous AIDS encounter, and their comfort taking vital signs, casually handling, administering enema and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and in recommending exercise and physical therapy to patients living with AIDS. Nigerian nurses were uncomfortable with resuscitation and also showed discomfort not wearing gloves while handling these patients. Being single and male gender influenced nurses' comfort with vital signs and enema administration. Special orientation to include analysis of common tasks and procedures for new nurses assigned to AIDS units is suggested.