An advanced nursing practice initiative for managing sexual assault patients in South Africa

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308428
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
An advanced nursing practice initiative for managing sexual assault patients in South Africa
Author(s):
Duma, Sinegugu
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Tau Lambda
Author Details:
Sinegugu Duma, PhD, MCur, BCur, RN, Sinegugu.Duma@uct.ac.za
Abstract:

Session presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013

Using research findings to inform advanced practice initiatives can be a challenge for researchers in academic positions. These researchers need clinical partners who are willing to utilise findings and recommendations to improve nursing practice.

This purpose of this oral presentation is to demonstrate how the findings and recommendations of an investigation of women’s journey of recovery from sexual assault trauma was used to develop an advanced nursing practice initiative in sexual assault care in South Africa.

The findings from the above-mentioned study highlighted the importance of the nurses in the management of sexual assault, but the country did not have trained Sexual Assault Forensic Nurses at the time. The country only had two- day training workshops for medical doctors on management of sexual assault.

The Director of the Woman, Child and Maternal Health Directorate and the Director of the Nursing Services of the Western Cape Department of Health, South Africa, were presented with the research findings to convince them of the need for developing sexual assault forensic nursing practice in the province. After a series of consultative meetings, a Sexual Assault Forensic Nursing programme was developed in collaboration between the University of Cape Town’s Division of Nursing and Midwifery and  Department of Forensic Medicine, the  National Prosecuting Authority and the Department of Health.

Twenty-two sexual assault forensic nurses have been trained in the Western Cape since 2008. A formal sexual assault forensic nursing practice is established in Western Cape.  A Sexual Assault Forensic Nursing Interest Group has been established and meets quarterly. The patients receive appropriate sexual assault management. Prosecutors report satisfaction with forensic evidence collected by these nurses.  

The presentation concludes with the nurses’ experiences and challenges experienced during the forensic nursing practice development phase in South Africa.

Keywords:
sexual assault forensic nursing practice; sexual assault patient
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAn advanced nursing practice initiative for managing sexual assault patients in South Africaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDuma, Sineguguen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentTau Lambdaen_GB
dc.author.detailsSinegugu Duma, PhD, MCur, BCur, RN, Sinegugu.Duma@uct.ac.zaen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308428-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013</p>Using research findings to inform advanced practice initiatives can be a challenge for researchers in academic positions. These researchers need clinical partners who are willing to utilise findings and recommendations to improve nursing practice. <p>This purpose of this oral presentation is to demonstrate how the findings and recommendations of an investigation of women’s journey of recovery from sexual assault trauma was used to develop an advanced nursing practice initiative in sexual assault care in South Africa. <p>The findings from the above-mentioned study highlighted the importance of the nurses in the management of sexual assault, but the country did not have trained Sexual Assault Forensic Nurses at the time. The country only had two- day training workshops for medical doctors on management of sexual assault. <p>The Director of the Woman, Child and Maternal Health Directorate and the Director of the Nursing Services of the Western Cape Department of Health, South Africa, were presented with the research findings to convince them of the need for developing sexual assault forensic nursing practice in the province. After a series of consultative meetings, a Sexual Assault Forensic Nursing programme was developed in collaboration between the University of Cape Town’s Division of Nursing and Midwifery and  Department of Forensic Medicine, the  National Prosecuting Authority and the Department of Health. <p>Twenty-two sexual assault forensic nurses have been trained in the Western Cape since 2008. A formal sexual assault forensic nursing practice is established in Western Cape.  A Sexual Assault Forensic Nursing Interest Group has been established and meets quarterly. The patients receive appropriate sexual assault management. Prosecutors report satisfaction with forensic evidence collected by these nurses.   <p>The presentation concludes with the nurses’ experiences and challenges experienced during the forensic nursing practice development phase in South Africa.en_GB
dc.subjectsexual assault forensic nursing practiceen_GB
dc.subjectsexual assault patienten_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:31:12Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:31:12Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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