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A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SAFE) is an individual with advanced education and clinical preparation in the forensic examination of patients of sexual assault age 14 years and older. A nurse examiner conducts the examination, collects and preserves evidence, and testifies in legal proceedings. The SAFE is knowledgeable in the process and its application to the Forensic Examinations. A thorough and detailed exam is performed while restoring dignity to the patient, by providing compassionate and comprehensive care, teaching, and information for follow up care.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Performs comprehensive sexual assault examination utilizing Coloposcope, camera, etc. as appropriate.
- Documents assessment inclusive of blunt and sharp injuries accordingly.
- Develops Plan of Care reflective of current body of knowledge relating to sexual assault.
- Administers medications/drugs as appropriate to exam findings.
- Completes sexual assault evidence collection, provides discharge and follow-up care instructions and maintains chain of custody per ethical and/or legal statutes.
- Participates in ongoing legal process and court appearances as required by state statutes.
- Maintains confidentiality of the activities of the SACASA program unless required to by operation of law.