Thank You, Forensic Nurses!

The entire staff of Meriter Health Services would like to join the International Association of Forensic Nurses in recognizing forensic nurses around the world for the extraordinary work they do. 

The Meriter Hospital SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) program is the only program of its kind in Dane County. The more than 400 patients SANE nurses cared for in 2012 included women and men, ranging in age from infancy to late-adulthood. SANE nurses perform medical-forensic exams with kindness and empathy. Working daily with victims and sometimes perpetrators of violence, they provide compassionate, ethical and evidence-based care.

In addition to caring for patients, the SANE program educates the community about sexual assault, strangulation and medical care for victims.  In 2013, the program educated over 1,000 people from a variety of locations and backgrounds.

THANK YOU to Meriter SANE Nurses and all forensic nurses for the exceptional work you do and the incredible impact you have on your patients and your community!

What is a SANE/Forensic Nurse?
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are the largest subspecialty of forensic nurses in the US. They have specialized education / clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of a patient who has experienced sexual assault or abuse. SANEs work collaboratively with others in the community, such as advocates, law enforcement and legal professionals.  Vice President Joseph Biden said in a commentary written in 2006, “Forensic Nurses play an integral role in bridging the gap between law and medicine.”
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