Dr. Kathy Sekula awarded a 1.5 million dollar Advanced Nursing Education - Sexual Assault Examiners (ANE-SANE) Program Grant

Dr. Kathleen Sekula was awarded the Advanced Nursing Education - Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (ANE-SANE) Program Grant in the amount of $1.5 million dollars. This award will train more SANE nurses who are needed to expertly care for victims of sexual assault.

In many areas of the United States, no expert sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) are available to provide services for survivors of sexual assault. Because of a lack of SANEs and resulting poor care, survivors often do not report their assaults, with adverse effects on physical and mental health. Sekula's goal is to further enhance/expand the DUSON Comprehensive Training and Certification Model in order to increase the number of SANEs throughout the country. The grant funded program will provide the education, clinical experience, and telehealth monitoring for nurses who choose to become certified SANEs.

Duquesne will continue to partner with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Network of Hospitals, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Network of hospitals, the WISER Simulation Center at UPMC, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), expert SANEs, and new partners to reach a larger number of advanced practice nurses to further increase the number of SANEs throughout the United States. This collaboration will combine existing resources to create a solid and sustainable model to take nurses from didactic education to active SANE practice for both Adults/Adolescents and Pediatric survivors. Our goals are as follows:

During the 3-year period of funding, approximately 126 nurses will complete didactic education, 180 will participate in the CPC, 180 will enroll in the review course, and 90 will take the certification exam through the IAFN. It is projected that at least half of the nurses will reach rural and underserved communities, ultimately providing better care for adult, adolescent, and pediatric survivors of sexual assault, better evidence collection, and higher prosecution rates.

DUSON has offered a rigorous SANE online didactic course since 2005 and has offered a highly successful program using state-of-the-art digital technologies to engage nurse participants since 2018 under the auspices of HRSA grant T96HP32493 (PD Sekula).

Sekula has made significant contributions to the advancement of nursing by strengthening the role of forensic nursing regarding victims and perpetrators of violence through her leadership in evidence based graduate programs and her continuing energy to expand forensic nursing science through her research and practice trajectory.

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