I'm still in nursing school but during my first degree (Psychology), I volunteered at a Rape Crisis Center as an advocate. I loved it! My work as an advocate challenged me in ways that I had never experienced before.
I love the work and the challenges that becoming a SANE would offer but I don't really desire, at this time, to work in the ER. I would rather work in a cardiac unit or the ICU and be on call as a SANE.
I've read other posts that strongly suggest working in the ER to gain experience with assessing wounds, bruises, and conducting pelvic exams. However, we all know that one destination can have several paths. This argument is like whether a new nurse should start off in Med-Surg to gain certain skills vs. starting off in a speciality unit of one's own interest.
So, I'm really wanting to hear from SANEs who work in units other than the ER and are also SANEs.
Thanks for your insight!
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Thank you for posting this question! I have been a little interested in how to become a SANE nurse....but I am not interested in working in the ER right now, either. I was a volunteer in the ER during high school, and it was alright for me. I saw many things, I'm sure, but it didn't peak my interest in that field.
I like how you mentioned the new nurse & Med-Surg issue because that's how this is, too. And to add another one, it's like should a nurse who wants to become a nurse-midwife work in L&D to get experience, or would she pick up "bad habits?"
I too have my first degree in Psych, and I loved it. It's really good that you got to volunteer at a rape crisis center.
It's always nice to meet fellow Psychology grads! Yes, I definitely see it as a 'Med-Surg kind of issue". While we are aware of the value of starting our careers in Med-Surg, it's also refreshing to see new nurses who have challenged the traditional viewpoints by going into specialty units first and still gaining those valuable skills.
I have next quarter off and have actually thought about contacting the local Rape Crisis Program to begin volunteering again. I loved being able to be such a great resource to survivors of sexual assault and also being able to observe SANEs in all that they do!
Last edit by **All Heart RN** on Jul 1, '08