I am a graduate student, currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. I am also a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for in Michigan. I am currently completing a research project on the utilization of advanced practice nurses for care of the sexually assaulted patient. Currently, there isn't a lot of information pertaining to the specific role of the APN in care of these patients. Please do not misunderstand me there is a lot of information regarding techniques and rationales for completing these exams, but not a lot in the way of interventions specific to the APN. My current research questions is;
Do you feel it is more adventitious for a sexual assault exam to be completed by an advance practice nurse with training and education specific to evidence collection and care of the sexually assaulted patient, or is it care provided by an RN with similar training is just as proficient?
If you feel it is more beneficial please state why.
If you feel it is not more beneficial pleases explain.
If you are indifferent or see no difference in the matter please explain why.
Do you feel that advanced practice nurses will be instrumental in future advancements in forensic nursing?
If you stated yes to the previous question, what contributions specific to their scope do you feel advanced practitioners will make?
Any and all opinions are welcome. Because the research is so limited, I feel this is the best way to gain further insight into the potential advancements APNs can make this continuously growing field. Thank you so much for your time.
Sam, RN, BSN