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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/306588
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Poster
Title:
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program: Becoming a 24/7 Hospital
Author(s):
Behrens, Sue; Dewitt, Phillis
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Sue Behrens, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, Sue.A.Behrens@osfhealthcare.org; Phillis Dewitt, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC
Abstract:

Evidence-based Practice Abstract

Purpose: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are registered nurses who complete specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of the patient who experienced sexual assault or abuse. The mission of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and Illinois Hospital Association is to increase the number of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Illinois. Benefits of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program include standard of care, best practices, improved reporting, better forensic evidence collection, increased prosecution rates, reduction in costs of services, and community partner involvement. The purpose of this project was to establish and sustain a hospital and regional program that benefits the community, and hospitals in the region. Prior to the project, there were only four nurses trained as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners.

Design: This quality and patient safety project was a collaborative effort between hospital management and administration, Illinois Attorney General Office, and the Illinois Hospital Association.

Setting: The program was developed in a 57 bed emergency department of a Level 1 Trauma Center with 86,000 visits per year.

Participants: All registered nurses, with a minimum of two years of experience were eligible to participate. Nurses who did not work in the Emergency Department were included. Interested nurses were interviewed using a standard tool. Selected nurses received 40 hours of classroom education, followed by supervised clinical practice of speculum exams. Nurses who completed the training requirements signed a contract with their commitment to participate in the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program for a minimum of two years.

Methods: The project development began by creating a coordinator position and identification of a medical director to assist with program development and recruitment. Networking with hospital and community resources assisted in developing ways to meet the health care and social needs of sexual assault victims. Collaboration with pharmacy, Ethics committee, hospital lawyers, and Pediatric Resource Center assisted in the development of practices and protocols to be used in the program. Literature review was performed for best practices. A budget was developed for training and purchasing of new equipment.

Results/Outcomes: Increased the number of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners from four to 25 in one year, including four pediatric trained nurses. Established best practice protocols for timely forensic patient care. Purchased new equipment (e.g. Colposcope, swab drier) to assist in exams and evidence collection. Monthly meetings were initiated that included chart reviews and case presentations. Chart reviews include review of correct documentation of chain of evidence, consent, notification, assault, evaluation and treatment, and appropriate referral. At the end of one year, the program was able to provide 24/7 availability of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners.

Implications: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are crucial in ensuring patients of sexual assault receive compassionate, quality care. Providing a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Coordinator was imperative to the success of this project. Establishing a hospital-based program provides best practice and timely medical-forensic patient care.

Keywords:
Increase of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
Repository Posting Date:
9-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
9-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
2013 ENA Annual Conference
Conference Host:
Emergency Nurses Association
Conference Location:
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Description:
2013 ENA Annual Conference Theme: Safe Practice, Safe Care. Held at Gaylord Resort and Convention Center
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePosteren_GB
dc.titleSexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program: Becoming a 24/7 Hospitalen_GB
dc.contributor.authorBehrens, Sueen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDewitt, Phillisen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsSue Behrens, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC, Sue.A.Behrens@osfhealthcare.org; Phillis Dewitt, DNP, RN, ACNS-BCen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/306588-
dc.description.abstract<p>Evidence-based Practice Abstract</p><p>Purpose: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are registered nurses who complete specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of the patient who experienced sexual assault or abuse. The mission of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and Illinois Hospital Association is to increase the number of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Illinois. Benefits of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program include standard of care, best practices, improved reporting, better forensic evidence collection, increased prosecution rates, reduction in costs of services, and community partner involvement. The purpose of this project was to establish and sustain a hospital and regional program that benefits the community, and hospitals in the region. Prior to the project, there were only four nurses trained as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners.</p><p>Design: This quality and patient safety project was a collaborative effort between hospital management and administration, Illinois Attorney General Office, and the Illinois Hospital Association.</p><p>Setting: The program was developed in a 57 bed emergency department of a Level 1 Trauma Center with 86,000 visits per year.</p><p>Participants: All registered nurses, with a minimum of two years of experience were eligible to participate. Nurses who did not work in the Emergency Department were included. Interested nurses were interviewed using a standard tool. Selected nurses received 40 hours of classroom education, followed by supervised clinical practice of speculum exams. Nurses who completed the training requirements signed a contract with their commitment to participate in the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program for a minimum of two years.</p><p>Methods: The project development began by creating a coordinator position and identification of a medical director to assist with program development and recruitment. Networking with hospital and community resources assisted in developing ways to meet the health care and social needs of sexual assault victims. Collaboration with pharmacy, Ethics committee, hospital lawyers, and Pediatric Resource Center assisted in the development of practices and protocols to be used in the program. Literature review was performed for best practices. A budget was developed for training and purchasing of new equipment.</p><p>Results/Outcomes: Increased the number of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners from four to 25 in one year, including four pediatric trained nurses. Established best practice protocols for timely forensic patient care. Purchased new equipment (e.g. Colposcope, swab drier) to assist in exams and evidence collection. Monthly meetings were initiated that included chart reviews and case presentations. Chart reviews include review of correct documentation of chain of evidence, consent, notification, assault, evaluation and treatment, and appropriate referral. At the end of one year, the program was able to provide 24/7 availability of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners.</p><p>Implications: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are crucial in ensuring patients of sexual assault receive compassionate, quality care. Providing a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Coordinator was imperative to the success of this project. Establishing a hospital-based program provides best practice and timely medical-forensic patient care.</p>en_GB
dc.subjectIncrease of Sexual Assault Nurse Examinersen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-09T17:00:17Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-09-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-09T17:00:17Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name2013 ENA Annual Conferenceen_GB
dc.conference.hostEmergency Nurses Associationen_GB
dc.conference.locationNashville, Tennessee, USAen_GB
dc.description2013 ENA Annual Conference Theme: Safe Practice, Safe Care. Held at Gaylord Resort and Convention Centeren_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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