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Attitudes of adult/adolescent sexual assault nurse examiners and caring for younger patients.
J Emerg Nurs 2014; 40(1):39-45JE

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are specialized nurses who provide sexual assault (SA) examinations and forensic evidence collection. Currently, Adult/Adolescent (A/A) SANEs in Massachusetts are trained and certified to care only for patients 12 years and older who present acutely to EDs. The purpose of this study was to describe the attitudes of SANEs regarding the possibility of cross-training to care for younger patients (<12 years).

METHODS

This qualitative, descriptive study included a sample of 45 A/A SANEs who participated in a series of 6 focus groups. The focus groups were audiotape-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Content analysis was used to analyze the raw data. Units of in vivo coding assisted in the identification of initial broad categories that were winnowed to represent final themes that described the participants' attitudes.

RESULTS

Although the majority of SANEs enthusiastically endorsed the option of pediatric cross-training, a smaller portion of participants expressed strong opposition to the proposal. The SANEs' concerns included the emotional toll of caring for children who have been sexually assaulted, and the need for an adequate infrastructure within the SANE Program to educate, train, and support the cross-training effort.

DISCUSSION

This research fills a gap in the forensic and ED nursing literature by providing insights into the attitudes and concerns of SANEs who care for some of the most vulnerable patients. The findings of this study can inform the acute care and evidence collection practices that are used when caring for pediatric patients who have experienced SA.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Boston, MA; Lowell, MA. Electronic address: c.marchetti@neu.edu.Boston, MA; Lowell, MA.Boston, MA; Lowell, MA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23199787

Citation

Marchetti, Carol Anne, et al. "Attitudes of Adult/adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and Caring for Younger Patients." Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN : Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association, vol. 40, no. 1, 2014, pp. 39-45.
Marchetti CA, Fantasia HC, Molchan L. Attitudes of adult/adolescent sexual assault nurse examiners and caring for younger patients. J Emerg Nurs. 2014;40(1):39-45.
Marchetti, C. A., Fantasia, H. C., & Molchan, L. (2014). Attitudes of adult/adolescent sexual assault nurse examiners and caring for younger patients. Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN : Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association, 40(1), pp. 39-45. doi:10.1016/j.jen.2012.09.002.
Marchetti CA, Fantasia HC, Molchan L. Attitudes of Adult/adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and Caring for Younger Patients. J Emerg Nurs. 2014;40(1):39-45. PubMed PMID: 23199787.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Attitudes of adult/adolescent sexual assault nurse examiners and caring for younger patients. AU - Marchetti,Carol Anne, AU - Fantasia,Heidi Collins, AU - Molchan,Linda, Y1 - 2012/11/28/ PY - 2012/06/13/received PY - 2012/08/12/revised PY - 2012/09/08/accepted PY - 2012/12/4/entrez PY - 2012/12/4/pubmed PY - 2015/4/10/medline KW - Child sexual assault KW - Cross-training KW - Emergency department nursing KW - Forensic nursing KW - Nurses’ attitudes KW - Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (Pedi SANEs) KW - Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) SP - 39 EP - 45 JF - Journal of emergency nursing: JEN : official publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association JO - J Emerg Nurs VL - 40 IS - 1 N2 - INTRODUCTION: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are specialized nurses who provide sexual assault (SA) examinations and forensic evidence collection. Currently, Adult/Adolescent (A/A) SANEs in Massachusetts are trained and certified to care only for patients 12 years and older who present acutely to EDs. The purpose of this study was to describe the attitudes of SANEs regarding the possibility of cross-training to care for younger patients (<12 years). METHODS: This qualitative, descriptive study included a sample of 45 A/A SANEs who participated in a series of 6 focus groups. The focus groups were audiotape-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Content analysis was used to analyze the raw data. Units of in vivo coding assisted in the identification of initial broad categories that were winnowed to represent final themes that described the participants' attitudes. RESULTS: Although the majority of SANEs enthusiastically endorsed the option of pediatric cross-training, a smaller portion of participants expressed strong opposition to the proposal. The SANEs' concerns included the emotional toll of caring for children who have been sexually assaulted, and the need for an adequate infrastructure within the SANE Program to educate, train, and support the cross-training effort. DISCUSSION: This research fills a gap in the forensic and ED nursing literature by providing insights into the attitudes and concerns of SANEs who care for some of the most vulnerable patients. The findings of this study can inform the acute care and evidence collection practices that are used when caring for pediatric patients who have experienced SA. SN - 1527-2966 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23199787/Attitudes_of_adult/adolescent_sexual_assault_nurse_examiners_and_caring_for_younger_patients_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0099-1767(12)00437-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -