Esther M Forti

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Service learning for students in the health professions can best be described as an educational methodology based on the collaboration between an academic discipline and a community agency to link student learning with community-based service. This paper describes a service-learning model in rural and medically underserved communities used in a master in(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the individual and social determinants of rural nurses' willingness to care for people with AIDS (PWAs). Willingness to care was viewed as a function of nurses' personal attitudes about AIDS care and PWAs; the influence of normative (significant others), comparative (the nursing profession), and generalized (the(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between rural critical care nurses' attitudes about acquired immunedeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and people with AIDS (PWAs), and their willingness to provide care to AIDS patients. Sixty-one critical care nurses in nine rural counties in the northeastern USA completed a mailed questionnaire as part of(More)
This article describes the development and psychometric evaluation of the Nurses' Attitudes About AIDS Scale (NAAS). Based on a review of the literature on attitude theory and measurement and on HIV/AIDS, 273 items were developed for inclusion in the scale. Content validity was established by a panel of ten nurses in current practice, six experts in AIDS(More)
BACKGROUND Rural areas suffer from a lack of primary care physicians. Efforts to retain physicians should focus on modifying or changing attributes of rural practice that are considered by physicians to be undesirable. A practice support outreach program (PSOP) is one initiative expected to enhance retention in rural areas by addressing negative aspects of(More)
This article describes the process, approaches, and selected outcomes of a rural care management outreach intervention for older African Americans in South Carolina. The model is a community-academic partnership between a federally qualified community health center, a rural health clinic, and the Medical University of South Carolina. Its aim is to improve(More)
The increased incidence of AIDS in rural areas of the United States has called attention to the practice of universal precautions by rural nurses. The purpose of this research was to determine protective barrier use by 555 nurses living in rural counties in Pennsylvania and New York State and the effect on this use of their knowledge of their patients' HIV(More)
This article delineates the current and future trends related to aging in the United States. The demographic and economic forces outlined are ones that will clearly challenge health services leaders and policy-makers in the coming decades. Various policy interventions and strategies currently underway to address the needs of the aging population are(More)
The AIDS epidemic has spread to rural areas of the United States. Conservative rural communities are facing the challenge of having children with HIV entering school. School nurses, as the only health care providers in the schools, are in a strong position to facilitate the education of children with HIV and to provide AIDS education to students, faculty,(More)
As the population continues to age there remains an unmet need in preventing, identifying, treating, and managing mental/behavioral health problems among older adults. The purpose of this paper is to describe educational and training programs offered through three Geriatric Education Centers: (1) the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center, which(More)