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Michael V. Relf, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, AACRN, CNE, FAAN

Associate Professor in the School of Nursing
Associate Dean for Global and Community Health Affairs
Phone: 
(919) 684-9219
Office: 
1004A Clipp Research Building

Representative Publications

  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23291867 Theroux, N. and Phipps, M. and Zimmerman, L. and Relf, M.V. Neurological complications associated with HIV and AIDS: clinical implications for nursing. J Neurosci Nurs. February, 2013 45(1); 5-13
  • 2013 -- Dickens, A. T. and Utley-Smith, Q. and Stott, G. and Relf, M. V. Evaluation of communication techniques used by HIV specialty providers caring for patients with low health literary in an outpatient HIV clinical setting. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. January, 2013 3(7);
  • 2012 -- Kaplow, R. and Turner, K. and Relf, M. V. Critical care nursing practice: Excellence through caring, collaboration and evidence (Chapter 1). In Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach edited by Morton, P. G. & Fontaine, D. K.. October, 2012; : Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. October, 2012
  • 2012 -- Relf, M. V. and Shelton, S. and Jones, K. Common immunological disorders (Chapter 48) In Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach edited by Morton, P. G. & Fontaine, D. K.. October, 2012; : Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. October, 2012
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22482215 Sullivan, D. T. and Fries, K. S. and Relf, M. V. Exploring the changing landscape of jobs for new graduates: practice, education, and new graduate imperatives. Creat Nurs. February, 2012 18(1); 17-24
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 20413330 Relf, M. V. and Mekwa, J. and Chasokela, C. and Booth, C. and Deng, L. and Mallinson, R. K. and Ramantele, K. and Letsie, E. and Mtengezo, J. and Nhlengethwa, W. and Powell, D. and Webb, A. and Diesel, T. and Liddle, A. Essential core competencies related to HIV and AIDS are critically needed in nursing. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. January-February, 2011 22(1); S2-8
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21211698 Relf, M. V. and Mekwa, J. and Chasokela, C. and Nhlengethwa, W. and Letsie, E. and Mtengezo, J. and Ramantele, K. and Diesel, T. and Booth, C. and Deng, L. and Mallinson, R.K. and Powell, D. and Webb, A. and Liddle, A. and Yu-Shears, J. and Hall, C. and Aranda-Naranjo, B. and Parham Hopson, D. Essential nursing competencies related to HIV and AIDS: Executive summary. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. January-February, 2011 22(1); S9-16
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21168066 Relf, M. V. and Mekwa, J. and Chasokela, C. and Nhlengethwa, W. and Letsie, E. and Mtengezo, J. and Ramantele, K. and Diesel, T. and Booth, C. and Deng, L. and Mallinson, R. K. and Powell, D. and Webb, A. and Liddle, A. and Yu-Shears, J. and Hall, C. and Aranda-Naranjo, B. and Hopson, D. P. Essential nursing competencies related to HIV and AIDS. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. January-February, 2011 22(1 Suppl); e5-40
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20637935 Cox, C. W. and Relf, M. V. and Chen, R. and Zangaro, G. A. The retention of recalled United States Navy nurse reservists. Nurs Outlook. Jul-Aug 2010 58(4); 214-20
  • 2009 -- PubMed # : 19540494 Relf, M. V. and Laverriere, K. and Devlin, C. and Salerno, T. Ethical beliefs related to HIV and AIDS among nursing students in South Africa and the United States: a cross-sectional analysis. Int J Nurs Stud. 46(11); 1448-56

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Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Simulations and Partners across Communities for Registered Nurse Education (SIM-PAC-RN)

    Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)
    5D11-HP-08367-02-00
    07/2007 to 06/2010
    Role: Project Director, 2008/10/01 to 2010/06/30

    Project Goal: The purpose of this project is to expand and strengthen the current Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program by 1) increasing and expanding the number of clinical sites for entry-level training, 2) expanding the pool of clinical instructors, 3) expanding enrollment in the ABSN program, and 4) enhancing the breadth, depth, and integration of simulation technology into the ABSN curriculum.

  • In response to HRSA program announcement, Global HIV/AIDS Nursing Initiative

    Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau
    1-U92HA07230
    07/2006 to 06/2008
    Role: Co-investigator

    Year 1: Global HIV/AIDS Nursing Capacity Building Program;

    Years 2/3: Nurses SOAR! (Nurses Strengthening our AIDS Response!)

    The purpose of this project is to develop a sustainable nursing workforce prepared to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic and facilitate roll out of anti-retroviral therapy through knowledge acquisition, clinical mentoring, leadership development (at the national policy level and individual person level), and to foster communities of self-care. This project is being implemented in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland. There was an approved no cost extension for the period of 7/1/2009 – 12/31/2009.

  • Programmatic grant to support collaborative research with Whitman-Walker Clinic.

    Kaiser Family Foundation
    10/2004 to 07/2008
    Role: PI

    This programmatic gift/grant was given for the directed purpose of augmenting and expanding behavioral research collaborations with Whitman-Walker Clinic. Funds from this project were used to conduct a study entitled, Risk behaviors, mental health and violence victimization among persons living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Health literacy, adherence and HIV: An interactive skills-building session.

    Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
    10/2003 to 12/2003
    Role: PI

    As President of HANCB, I received funding, after submission of a concept paper, to conduct a 1.5 hours skills building session on health literacy and adherence to anti-retroviral therapy at the 16th Annual ANAC national conference (November 2003: New York, NY).

  • Preventing HIV transmission among Positive Persons enrolled in Primary Care.

    HRSA/HAB/SPNS
    H97HA01195A00
    09/2003 to 08/2008
    Role: Co-investigator

    Project Goal: The purpose of this project was to test a brief, three session psycho-educational intervention designed to reduce sexual risk taking compared to a provider delivered health education message among HIV-positive men enrolled in HIV oriented primary care. There was a no cost extension for the period of 9/1/2007 – 8/31/2008.

  • The Healthy Connections for Positive Living Project

    HRSA/HAB/SPNS
    H97HA00207
    09/2003 to 08/2007
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: The purpose of the phase I project was (1) to develop a screening algorithm to predict retention in HIV-oriented medical care for patients at risk of dropping out of care after voluntarily enrolling and (2) to identify the variables and processes influencing retention in medical care among HIV-positive persons using a mixed-methods approach. Through competitive re-application, the phase II project was funded (1) to test a retention care coordination intervention comparing two durations and intensities of intervention among HIV-positive persons at high-risk of dropping out of HIV-oriented medical care after voluntarily enrolling. There was a no cost extension for the period of 9/1/2006 – 8/31/2007. There were 17 sites participating in phase I and 10 sites (of the original 17) were funded in phase II.

  • Developing collaborative partnerships between the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board and

    OrthoBiotech Products, L.P.
    07/2002 to 06/2003
    Role: PI

    As President of HANCB, I submitted this proposal to increase awareness among and partnerships with other specialty nursing organizations including the National Black Nurses’ Association and the Hispanic Nurses Association. The purpose of this project was to raise awareness about opportunities in HIV/AIDS nursing practice and certification in HIV/AIDS nursing care.

  • Testing the ARRM-E (AIDS Risk Reduction Model – Expanded) in Men who have Sex with Men

    American Nurses Foundation
    ID#99-49
    07/1999 to 06/2000
    Role: PI

    The purpose of this project was to empirically test, using confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling, an expanded version of the AIDS Risk Reduction Model among urban men who have sex men. The expanded model placed sexual risk behaviors in the context of urban men’s lives and included childhood sexual abuse, gay identity, battering victimization, HIV alienation and cue-to-action triggers.

  • The Gay Urban Men’s Study: A secondary analysis of HIV risk among gay men based on constructs of the Expanded AIDS Risk Reduction Model

    Sigma Theta Tau International
    07/1999 to 06/2000
    Role: PI

    The purpose of this project was to empirically test, using confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling, an expanded version of the AIDS Risk Reduction Model among urban men who have sex men. The expanded model placed sexual risk behaviors in the context of urban men’s lives and included childhood sexual abuse, gay identity, battering victimization, HIV alienation and cue-to-action triggers.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ever since the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic in 1981, many medical professionals, community activists and others have been fighting to prevent new HIV infections, diagnose existing ones and care for people living with HIV/AIDS. On December 1, people around the world will unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS under this year’s theme for World AIDS Day: “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.”

Friday, November 18, 2016

Michael Relf is one of two appointed as associate editor for the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Relf will join the editorial team at where he will contribute to the goal of improving the journal's impact on all aspects of the HIV epidemic in order to improve the lives of people living with HIV infection. 

Click here to read the Journal's announcement.

Friday, November 18, 2016

DNP alumna Miyesha Cheeks' article entitled "A Quality Improvement Project to Increase Early Detection of Syphilis Infection or Re-infection in HIV-infected Men Who Have Sex With Men" was awarded the Article of the Year from the Journal of Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Co-authors of the article include Susan Silva and Michael Relf.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Michael Relf will serve as a co-investigator on a project entitled "The Development and Empirical Study of HIV/AIDS Symptom Management and Integrated Care Strategies Based on Knowledge Translation Theory" funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The project is a collaboration of international investigators led by Dean Hu Yan from the Fudan University School of Nursing in China. The project period is January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2019.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Michael Relf publishes article entitled "Advancing Diversity in Academic Nursing" in the September-October issue of the Journal of Professional Nursing.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Michael Relf was recently featured in a news release from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACCN) for an article entitled "Cardiovascular Disease and HIV: Pathophysiology, Treatment Considerations, and Nursing Implications" in the Journal of Critical Care Nurse.

Friday, September 16, 2016

More than 12 faculty and staff members, and several PhD alumni and students presented at the 2016 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research presented by the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) in Washington, D.C. This year's event focused on Determinants of Health and their implications for nursing science and health policy.

The following faculty, staff and PhD alumni and students presented at the conference:

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives recently welcomed 21 students representing Barbados, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands and the Philippines. These students were joined by seven DUSON students for the inaugural two-week N555 course entitled “Exploring Patterns of Global Health and Illness.”

Friday, July 22, 2016

Michael Relf was invited to participate with the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) as a subject matter expert on HIV-related stigma. He will also serve with a sub-committee of PACHA to formulate recommendations as part of the Stigma Reduction Summit.

PACHA is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice, information and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services regarding programs, policies, and research to promote effective treatment, prevention and cure of HIV disease and AIDS.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Michael Relf co-authored a policy brief entitled "Engaging the voice of women in HIV prevention, care and treatment" that is featured in an American Academy of Nursing press release entitled "

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