Mid-Shore foren­sic nurses rec­og­nized

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EAS­TON — Foren­sic Nurses Week was Nov. 5 to 9, and this year’s theme is Foren­sic Nurses: In ev­ery hos­pi­tal, For ev­ery com­mu­nity, The fu­ture of care.

Based in Elkridge, Mar yland, the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Foren­sic Nurses in­cludes 4,300 mem­bers, who are of­ten re­ferred to by the acro­nym SANE (sex­ual as­sault nurse ex­am­in­ers).

Foren­sic Nurses at UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Eas­ton are Les­lie Col­lier, Karen Denny, Jes­sica Fluharty, Mar­cia Shapiro. Denny is the foren­sic nurs­ing pro­gram man­ager for UM Shore Re­gional Health.

The foren­sic nurse serv­ing pa­tients at UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Dorch­ester is He­len Foxwell.

Foren­sic Nurses at UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Chestertown are Shan­non Tem­ple and Kim­berly Se­ward.

When sex­ual as­sault vic­tims ar­rive at an emer­gency depart­ment, one of the first peo­ple they en­counter is a foren­sic nurse who is trained to gather in­for­ma­tion from the crime. Foren­sic nurses fol­low sci­en­tific and le­gal pro­ce­dures to col­lect ev­i­dence and en­sure qual­ity of care for the vic­tims.

For SANEs, other goals of sex­ual as­sault and rape testing in­clude as­sess­ing and treat­ing in­juries, pre­vent­ing sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases and preg­nancy, and of­fer­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port.

They work to ad­dress and val­i­date pa­tient con­cerns, min­i­mize trauma and pro­mote heal­ing. They fol­low pro­ce­dures set by lo­cal ju­ris­dic­tions, the IAFN and the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice to col­lect in­for­ma­tion to be used in le­gal pro­ceed­ings. A stan­dard­ized process is im­per­a­tive to en­sur­ing vic­tims get jus­tice.

Foren­sic nurses at UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Chestertown are, from left, Shan­non Tem­ple and Kim­berly Se­ward.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

He­len Foxwell is the foren­sic nurse at UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Dorch­ester.

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