Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Thomas, Barbara,


Health Sciences, Nursing.




Because women are experiencing the largest HIV rate increase in North America, a qualitative study using interactive interviews was conducted with 17 public health nurse (PHN) volunteers at four health units in Central/Southwestern Ontario in order to explore the health promotion/illness prevention activities of PHNs with Canadian women. Data analysis focused on the following topics: impact of the virus, populations at greatest risk, risk factors for women, nurses' HIV/AIDS activities, factors promoting or inhibiting activities, and nurse-identified missed opportunities for HIV health promotion. Although many themes emerged from the data, the theme of 'variability' was paramount. Using Lalonde's Health Field Concept as a framework, recommendations were made regarding nursing education (i.e. need for more emphasis on biology, women's health, and human sexuality), nursing research (i.e. need for studies to evaluate activities used to improve self-esteem and sexual health), and the need to advocate for an expanded role in public health nursing practice. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .K62. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0237. Adviser: Barbara Thomas. Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.