The SANE Coordinator works under the supervision of the Administrator of Emergency Services. This role coordinates the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (including Pediatrics) and forensic programs for qualified NHRMC nurses, including recruitment and on-going support of NHRMC SANE nurses. The coordinator is responsible for performance improvement/Lean initiatives to improve quality of care delivered to patients who experience sexual assault, abuse, or are victims of violence. He/she provides education, training and skills validation for SANE nurses. He/she develops and maintains community partnerships to address prevention education needs of at risk groups, standardized community response, and individual case reviews and follow through. He/she represents NHRMC and maintains excellent relationships with community partners such as law enforcement, Social Services and community patient advocacy groups. He/she participates in coalitions at community, state and national levels (examples include, but are not limited to: International Forensic Nurses Association, NC SANE programs, Coastal Carolina's Health Alliance, NHC Sexual Assault Response Team, NHC Child Fatality Team) to develop best practice standards for addressing patient needs in identified populations. Works with supervisor to evaluate ongoing program resource needs, and coordinates program budgets which may include grants.
1. Maintains certification and education requirements to provide physical and forensic examination of individuals experiencing sexual assault for the purposes of detecting injury/disease and collecting evidence.
2. Maintains expertise and current knowledge in performing sexual assault exams, forensic gynecology and science, trauma related issues, legal case law and statutes, evidence collection procedures, special populations, and emerging trends.
3. Maintains effective relationship with Medical staff to ensure on-going care optimization for patients, including development of care management guidelines, order sets and patient teaching guides.
4. Coordinates a 24 hour on call system to support NHRMC SANE program coverage.
5. Prepares and provides orientation and evaluation of personnel in SANE program.
6. Establish annual competency and quality goals for SANE program.
7. Coordinates performance improvement activities that may enhance quality of care for sexual assault and/or forensic patients.
8. Maintains supplies and equipment as needed to conduct forensic examinations.
9. Effectively facilitates team meetings for SANE program planning, educating and dissemination of information to ensure program outcomes.
10. Maintains and provides data as indicated to assure accurate program management and growth, population analysis, growth, fiscal analysis and quality.
11. Assists personnel in preparing for courtroom proceedings.
12. Manages record keeping in compliance with any grant requirements as needed.
13. Leads care team to identify needs of sexual assault patients that would require physician intervention in a timely manner, and reporting of crimes to law enforcement.
14. Demonstrate ability to interact with multidisciplinary teams, communicate program needs, and work with peers and community partners to provide quality patient care and continuous program improvement.
15. Actively fosters organizational relationships with victims’ advocacy and support groups within the community.
16. Provides patient education and addresses concerns related to sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy
17. Assists with developing safety and discharge planning, along with medical follow up plans
18. Provide expert testimony in the court of law.
19. Functions as a sexual assault/forensic resource for the clinical practice of nurses, and assists with education for the staff at NHRMC.
20. Provides and documents patient teaching, and post-discharge follow-up phone calls.
* Registered Nurse
* SANE Certification
* Associate Degree
1. Education: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing required; Bachelor of Science in Nursing preferred.
2. Licensure / Certifications:
a. Current license to practice professional nursing in the State of North Carolina.
b. AHA BLS Certification: Some departments have additional advanced CPR requirements as listed on staff annual education record.
c. Completion of a sexual assault nurse examiner training program that meets the Forensic Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Education Guidelines established by the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
d. SANE-A certification required.
e. ACLS and TNCC preferred.
3. Experience: At least two years of clinical experience; emergency nursing, critical care or OB/GYN preferred. Previous supervisory experience, teaching or leadership experience preferred.