Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century and Nursing Care

Academic journal article ABNF Journal

Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century and Nursing Care

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It seems like yesterday when as a new budding nursing student, I was proud to be in uniform and equally as proud to be a part of the nursing profession. After all, I was part of a team that could change people's lives and change the course of their illnesses. As a beginning nurse I was starry eyed believing that medicine offered all the cures needed by all human beings. Every one in my mind no matter what the illness could be cured and restored to normal.

As I progressed in my nursing program I learned about the miracle of the wonder drugs called antibiotics. These were the medications that could affect a cure and render the patient back to normal life. It was a miracle. As I progressed in my nursing program, I began to realize that there were diseases that could not be cured, but the patient could learn to live with the disease controlled by medication. To someone who believed that cures existed for all illnesses, this was very disappointing to say the least. Then came the 1980s and AIDS. Antibiotics did not have an impact on the disease, and many died without treatment. To combat AIDS, and through research medication was discovered that could once again control the disease, but affect no cure. …

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