Sexual Assault Response and Evidence Collection

About the Course
Every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, and one in every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. This video course describes those at risk for sexual assault as well as the legal requirements of health care professionals in identifying and reporting of assaults. The responsibilities, scope and techniques for evidence collection are detailed, and the rape kit is carefully reviewed as are the steps for evidence collection. A lot of important information is packed into this two-hour course, which is ideal for licensed health care providers who are required to assess and care for sexually assaulted individuals, but who are not credentialed as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE).

Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of this course, the learner should be able to: 
  • Describe populations at risk for sexual assault and abuse. 
  • Recognize the requirements for mandated reporting for licensed professionals providing care for patients describing sexual assault or abuse. 
  • Review standard steps of an evidentiary exam for the patient. 
  • Identify clinical and community resources available to support the patient affected by sexual assault or abuse. 
  • Discuss current clinical recommendations for evaluating and treating potential exposure to sexually transmitted infections (STI).

About the Presenter
Valerie Sievers, MSN, RN, CNS, SANE-A, SANE-P, DF-AFN, is a Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist with more than 35 years of health care experience as a registered nurse, advanced practice nurse, educator, and consultant with extensive practice experience in the arenas of emergency and critical care nursing, academic education and forensic clinical practice. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Val provides advanced education regarding the care and treatment of patients affected by interpersonal violence and abuse. She is currently board certified as an adult-adolescent and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner, serves as a founding board member of the Academy of Forensic Nursing and is the owner of Med Law Consultants, LLC, a forensic healthcare consulting practice. 

Resolution of Conflict of Interest

Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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Course ID: 59841