April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

LACONIA — April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The victim of a sexual assault is one of the most severely psychologically traumatized individuals a nurse can encounter.
A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) is a registered nurse, R.N., who has advanced education in the forensic examination of sexual assault victims. The primary mission of a S.A.N.E program is to meet the needs of the sexual assault victim by providing immediate, compassionate, forensic evaluation and treatment by trained, professional nurse experts.
The role of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) is the epitome of patient support. The S.A.N.E is responsible for not only preserving the dignity of the victim, but for collecting evidence that links the victim and the suspect.
LRGHealthcare has seven certified S.A.N.E. staff members in its Emergency Departments.