Pediatric Sexual Assault Nursing Care in Ohio: Laying the Groundwork for Regulation
Keywords:pediatric SANE care/regulation
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Document Projects
Abstract Introduction: The purpose of this project was to describe current pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) education and practice in the state of Ohio and to describe regulation of pediatric SANE practice in states where practice is regulated. Information from the surveys was used to develop a proposed model of universal clinical standards and program requirements for pediatric SANE practice in the state of Ohio. Method: Two surveys were developed for the project. The Ohio Pediatric SANE survey was used to describe Ohio pediatric SANE practice. Coordinators of Ohio pediatric SANE programs were asked to complete the survey via email or telephone. The Pediatric SANE Regulatory Survey was used to describe state regulation of pediatric SANE practice. International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) state chapter presidents or members of IAFN living in a state without a state chapter were asked to complete the survey via email or telephone. Results: Twenty-one Ohio pediatric SANE programs were surveyed resulting in a 95% response rate. Most provided care only to acute patients. Education, clinical training and ongoing requirements varied among the programs. All fifty states were surveyed regarding state regulation of pediatric SANE practice. Seventeen states have a model of regulation of pediatric SANE practice. States regulating pediatric SANE practice varied regarding initial education, clinical requirements and ongoing practice requirements. Discussion: Data from the surveys was utilized to develop a proposed model of universal clinical standards and program requirements for pediatric SANE practice in the state of Ohio.
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