Title: Pediatric SANE I, Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) I – Bureau of Community Health & Prevention with the Plymouth County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), Brocton
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Department of Public Health (DPH) in collaboration with the Plymouth County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in Brockton is seeking a caring and compassionate nursing professional for the role of Pediatric SANE. Fostered by a “do no harm” philosophy of care, our ideal applicant will provide comprehensive nursing care which may include but not be limited to completion of a forensic examination with forensic evidence collection, and screening, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI) as needed. The ideal candidate will provide care that is developmentally appropriate to children and their families, and will serve as part of the CAC’s multidisciplinary team in response to concerns of child sexual abuse. Additional responsibilities include providing psycho-social support, teaching, health promotion, anticipatory guidance and linkages to the child’s primary care provider.
Candidates who are not currently certified as a Massachusetts Pediatric SANE Nurse will be provided with on the job training and the opportunity to successfully complete certification. Training will include e-learnings/webinars and on-site clinical training at the Plymouth County CAC. Other forms of instruction will include clinical experiences with child sexual abuse experts in hospitals and other CAC settings which provide Pediatric SANE services.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Provides overall direct patient care and consultation to pediatric patients (ages infant to 17) and their families when there are disclosures of sexual abuse.
- Utilizes photo-documentation equipment and the MA Pediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit (MA PEDI Kit); maintain all patient records/images created in the course of care in accordance with established policies and procedures.
- Collaborates with attending physician, social worker, and other members of the multidisciplinary team sharing information regarding forensic findings/interviews, case reviews and health needs.
- Assists in the development of a plan of care for the patient which meets their medicolegal, medical, emotional and social need.
- Administers appropriate health analyses for children who have been sexually abused including pregnancy screening and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing; prescribe appropriate medications for treatment.
- Maintains “chain of custody” for forensic evidence until custody is transferred to law enforcement.
- Completes comprehensive documentation of child sexual abuse examinations using the Pediatric SANE Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and other appropriate documents.
- Provides subject matter expertise and testimony in court proceedings as a fact witness, when needed, regarding the care rendered in the role of a Massachusetts Pediatric SANE Nurse.
- Conducts case management to ensure appropriate referral of a patient’s care to community resources including physicians/clinicians, mental health providers, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and other support services.
- Facilitates training/outreach to local hospitals, providers, school nurses, DCF and other community partners regarding trauma-informed, evidence-based practices in the care of children who are sexually abused.
- Participates in professional development opportunities and projects including data collection, research and telenursing activities as needed.
- Commitment to evidence based practice and excellent clinical skills.
- Demonstrated knowledge of standard nursing policies, procedures, methods, techniques, safety practices and medical terminology/abbreviations.
- Demonstrated knowledge of child and adolescent growth and development.
- Ability to establish effective relationships with individuals, families, providers, physicians, team members and the community.
- Capability to provide culturally competent care, to work with patients of all abilities and in collaboration with diverse professionals.
- Skilled in public speaking and facilitation of training, education and outreach to professionals and community partners.
- Thoroughness, independence and excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to resolve problems/conflicts in a diplomatic and tactful manner.
- Capacity to maintain accurate records and exercise discretion in handling confidential information.
- Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
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First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.