Assault Nurse Examiner (assault + nurse_examiner)

Distribution by Scientific Domains

Kinds of Assault Nurse Examiner

  • sexual assault nurse examiner

  • Selected Abstracts

    A participatory evaluation project to measure SANE nursing practice and adult sexual assault patients' psychological well-being

    Rebecca Campbell Ph.D.
    Abstract This paper describes a collaborative project between a team of researcher-evaluators and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program to develop an evaluation survey of SANE nursing practice and patient psychological well-being. Using a participatory evaluation model, we followed a six-step process to plan and conduct an evaluation of adult sexual assault patients treated in one Midwestern SANE program. Our collaborative team developed a logic model of "empowering care," which we defined as providing healthcare, support, and resources; treating survivors with dignity and respect; believing their stories; helping them re-instate control and choice; and respecting patients' decisions. We created a corresponding survey that can be administered to patients following exam procedures and tested it with N= 52 sexual assault victims. Results indicated that nursing practice was consistent with this empowering care philosophy as the overwhelming majority of patients reported positive psychological well-being outcomes. Implications for evaluating forensic nursing practice are discussed. [source]

    Responding to sexual assault victims' medical and emotional needs: A national study of the services provided by SANE programs

    Rebecca Campbell
    Abstract We measured the consistency with which a national random sample of 110 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs provided 17 services to sexual assault victims. SANE programs consistently offered forensic evidence collection, sexually transmitted infection (STI) prophylaxis, information on HIV, information on pregnancy risk, and referrals to community resources. Reasons programs did not routinely offer particular services (e.g., STI cultures, HIV testing/prophylaxis, emergency contraception (EC)) included financial constraints, difficulties balancing medical care with legal prosecution, and affiliations with Catholic hospitals. 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 29: 384,398, 2006 [source]

    The challenges forensic nurses face when their patient is comatose: Addressing the needs of our most vulnerable patient population

    Jennifer Pierce-Weeks RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
    Abstract Since 1996, the American Nurses Association has recognized forensic nursing as a formal specialty. Despite this recognition, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and Emergency Department nurses struggle with incorporating evidence collection into the care they give the unconscious or comatose patient they suspect has been sexually assaulted. Through case example, this article provides an abbreviated review of the circumstances under which these patients present for care, current challenges, and barriers in upholding the standard of forensic nursing care, as well as proposed interventions for the practicing forensic nurse. [source]

    Use of Simulation Technology in Forensic Medical Education

    Heather Rozzi
    Although the emergency department often provides the first and only opportunity to collect forensic evidence, very few emergency medicine residencies have a forensic medicine curriculum in place. Most of the existing curricula are composed only of traditional didactics. However, as with any lecture-based education, there may be a significant delay between the didactic session and clinical application. In addition, traditional curricula lack the opportunity for residents to practice skills including evidence collection, documentation, and use of a colposcope. At York Hospital, we have developed a forensic curriculum which consists of both traditional lectures and practical experience in our Medical Simulation Center. As part of their educational conference series, residents receive presentations on domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, evidence collection, sexual assault, ballistics, pattern injuries, documentation, forensic photography, and court testimony. Following these presentations, residents have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of forensic medicine in the Simulation Center. First, they interview a standardized patient. They then utilize the mannequins in the Simulation Center to practice evidence collection, photo documentation, and use of our specialized forensic medicine charts. After evidence collection and documentation, the residents provide safety planning for the standardized patients. Each portion is videotaped, and each resident is debriefed by victim advocates, experienced sexual assault nurse examiners, and emergency department faculty. The use of simulation technology in resident education provides the opportunity to practice the skills of forensic medicine, ultimately benefiting patients, residents, and law enforcement, and permitting teaching and evaluation in all six core competency areas. [source]