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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Coordinator, Full-time, Day

Winfield, Illinois Job REQID 7316 Job Function Nursing Coordinator Shift Rotating Apply Now

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Description

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Coordinator reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The SANE Coordinator participates in an interdisciplinary approach to meet the expectations of those we serve.  Registered nurses are actively involved in the continued evidence based development of best practices to ensure individualized and desired outcomes at discharge.  A SANE practice provides compassionate care to aid the recovery of patients who are victims of sexual assault. 

Responsibilities:

  • Acts as a 24 hour on-call resource to program participants.
  • Acts autonomously following the professional standards as outlined by the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (SASETA), the Illinois Nurse Practice Act, the International Association of Forensic Nurses Scope and Standards of Practice, and unit specific protocols appropriate to those served.
  • Audits and maintains policies and procedures regarding care of sexual assault patients to facilitate hospital designation as a Sexual Assault Treatment Center.
  • Catalyzes and facilitates change to enhance professionalism, efficiency, competency, and cost containment within the SANE program.
  • Collaborates with physicians, and other caregivers, and diagnostic and therapeutic services to provide input in care of patients and monitor patient's progress.
  • Collaborates with the SANE Coordinator for the Illinois Attorney General and maintains collegial relationship with other SANE coordinators throughout the state.
  • Educates patients and their families to meet their health needs and aid in recovery process.
  • Enhances professional growth and development by participating in and utilizing current evidence based information and keeping abreast of current trends in Forensic and SANE nursing practice.
  • Functions as a role model in patient care, provides a high level of clinical expertise by selecting and preparing nurses for the SANE role.
  • Leads monthly peer review of SANE cases, audits all sexual assault documentation, communicates issues with other practicing SANE(s) and ED leadership.
  • Creates, maintains and distributes SANE call schedule.
  • Collaborates with SANE medical director to develop best practice model for sexually assaulted patients.
  • Maintains documentation standards with accurate, timely and complete recording and reporting; reviews all sexual assault charting to ensure staff compliance with SASETA.
  • Maintains knowledge of current clinical concepts and practices.
  • Maintains supplies and equipment as needed to conduct medical-forensic examinations.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge required by attending in-services, department meetings, hospital meetings and seminars as well as reading professional journals.
  • May be required to develop and conduct in-services for employees.
  • Participates in long range planning, goal setting, program development and evaluation for the SANE program.
  • Performs assigned work safely, adhering to established departmental safety rules and practices, reports to supervisor, in a timely manner, any unsafe activities, conditions, hazards, or safety violations that may cause injury to oneself, other employees, patients and visitors.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Provides a learning atmosphere by sharing knowledge with coworkers; participates in orientation of new staff by providing content relevant to caring for sexually assaulted patients.
  • Provides data as indicated to assure accurate record management and quality assurance process.
  • Responsible for coordination of recruitment and orientation to the SANE program.
  • Responsible for the development, coordination and evaluation of educational activities related to the SANE program.
  • Functions as a teaching and collaborative role.
  • Supports and is involved in continuous quality improvement efforts designed to improve patient outcomes, increase patient satisfaction, and improve the utilization of the hospital's human, capital and physical resources.
  • Testifies in court as an expert and/or fact witness and assists other SANEs in preparing for court testimony.
  • Work requires analytical ability necessary to assess physical, psychological and social needs of all ages to develop individualized care plans, and evaluate responses to medical and nursing interventions.
  • Works collaboratively with State's Attorney's Offices, Law Enforcement, Attorney General's Office and local victim services.
  • Works within the community to educate on SANE program and violence prevention.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Graduate of an approved school of nursing
  • National SANE-A or SANE-P 
  • Current RN Illinois license in good standing
  • Well-developed written and oral presentation skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills including crucial conversations
  • Highly organized, prioritizes with good time management skills
  • Ability to meet project timelines and deadlines
  • Performs adequate physical assessment of patients
  • Ability to work effectively with patients, healthcare team and members of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
  • BLS certification upon hire and required to remain current
  • Earn 10 Continuing Education Credits annually related to sexual assault/abuse care, advancement in technology and innovations within the specialty

Preferred:

  • ACLS certified upon hire and required to remain current
  • TNCC or TNS required upon hire and kept current
  • PALS or ENPC within 1 year and kept current
  • ECRN (optional)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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