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Ministry Health Care Community Report
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SANE Nurses Provide Vital Safety Net

SANE Nurses Provide Vital Safety Net for Victims of Abuse

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) nurses are registered nurses who have advanced education and clinical preparation to help meet the needs of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, strangulation, elder abuse and child abuse, and neglect. They are trained to provide medical treatment, collect and maintain the chain of evidence, provide emotional support and make arrangements for any follow-up support that may be needed.

A nearly $12,000 grant has been awarded to the Foundation of Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital on behalf of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital.

The funds will be used to provide 80 hours of training in adult and pediatric forensic nursing for two nurses in 2014. Once completed, Ministry Saint Clare’s will have a total of eight specially-trained SANE nurses on its staff.

Through funding from Saint Michael’s Foundation, more nurses at Ministry Saint Michael’s are also able to receive this specialized training, giving more victims the access to the specialized care they need to assist in the prosecution of perpetrators.

St. Elizabeth Hospital SANEs have also embraced the challenge to be technically-skilled evidence collectors who display compassion and acknowledge the patient’s dignity during every step of the examination. Recent grants for SANE include $50,577 from the St. Elizabeth Hospital’s Women Golf and Luncheon Benefit, $4,000 from the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, Inc., a fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region; and $70,000 from an internal grant request from the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation.

Recognizing the need in the community for the program, Menasha Corporation Foundation and the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley recently awarded grants totaling $6,500 to St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation for the SANE program. The funds will be used to purchase new clothing and personal hygiene products for victims, an Alternate Light Source to help detect bruising under the skin in patients who have been strangled, and food or cab vouchers.

“We are most grateful to these donors for their support of our SANE program,” said Antonina Olszewski, Saint Clare’s Hospital Foundation director. “Having these specially-trained members of our staff allows us to provide essential treatment while preserving victims’ dignity and reducing further psychological trauma.”

If you have been assaulted or know of a child or family member who is the victim of abuse, even if you choose not to report to law enforcement, we encourage you to get a SANE exam. Not only can we offer you treatment for injuries and other medical concerns, we can provide you with a link to resources in the community to help your emotional healing as well.

Published October 2014

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