Nurse with female patient

Nursing program aims to provide important care to victims of sex assault

May 15, 2018 - 3:00 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Victims of sexual assault find themselves traumatized, vulnerable, anxious and, according to a new study, quite scared to trust anyone, even if help is being provided. 

According to research from the University of Maryland, healthcare system providers need to be aware of the psychological state of assault victims when they are trying to provide important care. 

A program with what are known as forensic nurse examiners is available in this state of Maryland and these nursing specialists travel to various hospitals and institutions throughout the state. 

In training, the nurses participate initially in a mandatory curriculum, which includes 40 hours of classroom work. They then spend time in the criminal justice system in Baltimore to learn more about the relationship between the legal system and healthcare providers. 

Perhaps the best and most important step is that these nurses are evaluated by their peers. 

Not surprisingly, the program has been quite successful because it focuses on these details and provides quality care for the victims.