Providing AIDS Nursing Care In Botswana;what Explains The Level Of Job Satisfaction

Monday, July 14, 2014: 4:00 PM
Room: 422
Oral Presentation
Thabo FAKO , Sociology, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana
James G. LINN , Optimal Solutions in Healthcare
Despite the many strengths of its health services and economy. Botswana has experienced one of the world's worst HIV/AIDS epidemics.

HIV prevelance for most age groups doubled over the 1990s resulting in an adult infectiion rate of 38.6%,which was reported in the National

Survey for 2001.HIV/AIDS infection became the main cause of hospital admissions as health services in all units of the healthcare system

became strained and shortages of clinical personnel ,especially nurses, appeared nationwide. As a result of many new & expanded government

health services,the HIV infection rate and number of new cases has declined significantly. Recent data shows that 31.8% of women attending

antenatal care clinics & 17.6% of the general population are infected with HIV-1. Yet,as with other countries of Southern Africa, Botswana continues

to have a generalized epidemic that for  the foreseeable future will present a challenge to its healthcare system. Nurses and other clinical service

providers must constantly treat HIV symptoms and AIDS related illnesses while also giving other required care. The purpose of this analysis is to

determine the level of job satisfaction and its predictors among a sample of 202 nurses involved in HIV/AIDS care in Botswana. A model is derived for

explaining jobsatisfaction among these nurses which can be tested in other healthcare systems in Africa.