The Jackson Police Department is recognizing its forensic nurses serving as sexual assault nurse examiners and death investigators this week, according to a news release from the department.
The department is recognizing the unsung professionals that it works with regularly in the community during “Forensic Nurses Week,” which was declared by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) to be this week. In Jackson, the specially trained forensic nurses serve as allied professionals who work with sexual assault victims and with the medical examiner’s office on death investigations.
JPD’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners or (SANE) nurses collect evidence on sexual assault cases and provide victim-centered healthcare to patients who have experienced trauma. The department also thanked and saluted the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital for supporting the SANE program. Nurses who practice those specialties go above and beyond because those specialties are in addition to their regular duties requiring them to be on call and to be called in when cases present.
“Forensic nurses are essential in providing a healthcare response to patients who have experienced trauma – be it sexual assault, intimate partner violence, elder abuse and neglect, child maltreatment, human trafficking, or other forms of intentional or unintentional injury,” said IAFN president, Jenifer Markowitz in a news release.
IAFN’s mission is to provide leadership in forensic nursing practice by developing, promoting, and giving out information internationally about forensic nursing science. IAFN also offers certification for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in both adult/adolescent (SANE-A) and pediatric (SANE-P) patient care. In 2012, IAFN and the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) launched a new certification through portfolio for advanced forensic nurses. This will help validate advanced forensic nurses’ unique knowledge and skills, the release said.
IAFN will celebrate “Forensic Nurses Week” to recognize those nurses who provide exceptional care everyday to men, women, and children who have experienced trauma. IAFN members globally will write letters to elected officials, participate in public awareness efforts to increase the visibility of forensic nurses, and wear lilac, the official color of Forensic Nursing.
The release said in order to support the effort, IAFN has created a documentary about the forensic nursing profession, highlighting nurses from around the country nominated by their peers for their exceptional care and compassion. The documentary can be watched on www,youtube.com/ForensicNurses, the only YouTube channel dedicated to forensic nurses.
For more information on forensic nursing, visit www.forensicnurse.org.