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Abstract

Many of the nation’s nursing schools have yet to develop AIDS policies. Without such policy implementation, nursing educators face many problems. A recent study of nursing programs in Nebraska revealed that none of the schools’ policies met all of the twenty-one criteria set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). The purposes of this study were to determine how many of Indiana’s practical nursing programs have created or implemented AIDS policies and to compare and contrast those policies with the criteria set by Witmer (1992), the CDC, and the ACHA. A self-reporting questionnaire was sent to 24 practical nursing programs in Indiana. Of the 24 surveys mailed, 13 (54%) were returned. All of the submitted policies were deficient in meeting the suggested criteria set forth by the CDC and the ACHA.

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