Nursing: Trauma Informed Care: The Nurses Guide to Caring for the Sexual Assault Survivor

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About the Webinar Course

This webinar course has been previously recorded.  

Sexual trauma is a widespread concern in the U.S. and, with 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experiencing sexual trauma in their life, there is a high likelihood nurses in all settings will care for sexual assault survivors. Implementing Trauma-Informed Care principles into the nursing practice involves understanding the connection between the presenting medical concerns with the survivor’s past history of sexual trauma while avoiding unintentional re-victimization. This webinar provides an overview of the impact of sexual trauma, the basic principles of Trauma-Informed Care, and methods to implement Trauma-Informed Care into nursing practice. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss sexual trauma and the neurobiology of sexual trauma.
  • Define Trauma-Informed Care of the sexual assault survivor.
  • Explain the core concepts of Trauma-Informed Care relative to care of a sexual assault survivor.
  • Identify methods in which to incorporate Trauma-Informed Care principles into nursing practice.

About the Author:
Teresa Devitt-Lynch, MSN, RN, ANF-BC, SANE-A

Teresa Devitt-Lynch, MSN, RN, ANF-BC, SANE-A holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing and is board-certified in Advanced Forensic Nursing and Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examinations. She is also a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy with a nursing background in medical-surgical, couplet care, ambulatory surgery, education and training, and forensic healthcare.  As a forensic nurse and educator, she has developed and provided forensic education to military and civilian healthcare staff, with a focus on sexual assault and domestic violence issues.  Ms. Devitt-Lynch is also engaged in several organizational, national, and community-based committees aimed at enhancing forensic healthcare and fostering multidisciplinary collaboration in the investigation prosecution of crimes that involve medical evidence such as sexual assault, domestic violence, and strangulation.  Currently a Legal Nurse Consultant and owner of the INTREPID Forensic Healthcare Consulting, LLC, she provides criminal case consulting and educational services to healthcare providers, law enforcement, and law professionals on forensic healthcare topics.  

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