Grant Expands Training Opportunities for SANE Nurses at Ministry Saint Clare’s
A nearly $12,000 grant has been awarded to the Foundation of Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital on behalf of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital.
The funds from an anonymous donor are in memory of Sister Margrit Immoos, a member of the founders of Ministry Health Care, the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. Sister Margrit played key roles at various Ministry Health Care locations and passed away in October.
The funds will be used to provide eighty hours of training in adult and pediatric forensic nursing for two nurses in 2014. Once completed, Ministry Saint Clare’s will have a total of eight specially trained SANE nurses on its staff.
Operating out of Ministry Saint Clare’s Emergency Department, SANE nurses are registered nurses who have advanced education and clinical preparation to help meet the needs of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, strangulation, elder abuse and child abuse and neglect.
They are trained to provide medical treatment, collect and maintain the chain of evidence, provide emotional support and make arrangements for any follow-up support that may be needed.
“We are most grateful to theses donors for their support of our SANE program,” said Antonina Olszewski, Foundation Director. “Having these specially trained members of our staff allows us to provide essential treatment while preserving victims’ dignity and reducing further psychological trauma.”