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Nurses earn Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner certifications

Columbus -   Eight Columbus Regional Hospital Emergency Department Nurses have passed the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Adult Certification Examination.

According to the International Association of Forensic Nurses, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are registered nurses who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of patients who have experienced sexual assault or abuse. 

SANEs are experts in history taking, physical and emotional assessment, recognition and documentation of trauma response and injury, collection and management of forensic evidence, providing emotional and social support during the medical forensic examination, and testimony which may be required in the judicial system.

Columbus Regional Hospital registered nurses Traci Hartog, Paula Rothrock, Michelle Cline, Brandey Kendall, Terri Barker, Lori Turner, Mary Ann Frederick and Jen Utterback are certified to care for sexual assault victims.

"It is our goal to make sure that every patient feels as comfortable as possible," said Traci Hartog, RN, SANE-A. "We work very hard to build a rapport and trust with each patient."

"Victims of sexual assault and abuse require special attention from health professionals who know how to care for patients who experience the trauma that can be associated with sexual violence. Our SANE nurses are very passionate about this work," said Jason Palmer, emergency services manager. "This is a great resource for the hospital and the community."

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