Mid-Shore forensic nurses recognized
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.
Helen Foxwell is the forensic nurse at UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.