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DMH Nurses Take Course To Assist Victims Of Sexual Assult


May, 27, 2010...DMH Emergency Care Center nurses have recently undergone training to become Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE’s).

Several registered nurses at DMH have undergone 40 hours of advanced education in forensic examination of sexual assault victims to become certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. These nurses work to provide medical, physical, emotional and evidentiary services to sexual assault victims who come to DMH for treatment. DMH is the first hospital in Macon County that provides this service to sexual assault victims.

“Statistics have shown hospitals with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners to have an increase in conviction rates and improved well-being of post-assault victims,” said Nicole Yadon, RN, DMH Emergency Care Center. “The SANE program has made a very positive impact on the quality of care we provide to sexual assault victims.”

DMH is currently working toward training a full staff of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners that will be able to provide 24 hour coverage to victims of sexual assault. “Our ECC nurses are dedicated to putting in the time and effort needed to establish a strong SANE program,” said Elizabeth Kapper, RN, DMH Emergency Care Center. “We are already changing the way we handle our victims.”