Rape victim waited 5 hours to see sexual assault nurse

  1. I don't know how these things work. I'm hoping she wasn't sitting in some waiting room alone?? This isn't typical is it?? I really feel for her. I'd like to know the other side of the story though.


    http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_282201336.html
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   VegRN
    Ok, so the victim was in the hospital for 5 hours but when exactly was the sexual assault nurse examiner called? Right when she arrived? Or several hours in. Was the nurse already examining another pt in the hospital while this pt arrived?

    At my institution, I believe on call positions have a requirement that you be no more than 30 minutes away from the hospital and that you be at the hospital in one hour when called.

    This situation is unacceptable. I would like to hear the other end of the story too but, it seems the hospital is at fault and needs to change their policy and procedure.
  4. by   phoenix72
    How awful. The instinct to clean up and get the crime off of your body is so strong. To have to wait five hours to go to the bathroom or even wash you hands is unacceptable. Society has worked so hard to get women to come forward when raped. I hope this treatment doesn't hurt that. Like those above me, I would like to know the other side of the story.
  5. by   HM2VikingRN
    unacceptable....
  6. by   bodo74
    Sue that hospital so that they dont do this to any other woman.
  7. by   Katnip
    I"m sure part of the wait involved the medical exam. The SANE nurse doesn't examine the surivivor (and yest it makes a difference if you're calling someone a survivor or a victim) until after the medical exam is done. If the woman had bruises on her neck and face, and was complaining of pain elsewhere she'd have had a thorough workup.

    It says the county has 1 SANE nurse. She could have been in court at the time of the call, and when you're testifying you can't just leave. It's not likely the woman was just dumped in a room and left to wait. There's usually a specially trained volunteer, and often a police officer who stays with the survivor.
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from cyberkat
    I"m sure part of the wait involved the medical exam. The SANE nurse doesn't examine the surivivor (and yest it makes a difference if you're calling someone a survivor or a victim) until after the medical exam is done. If the woman had bruises on her neck and face, and was complaining of pain elsewhere she'd have had a thorough workup.

    It says the county has 1 SANE nurse. She could have been in court at the time of the call, and when you're testifying you can't just leave. It's not likely the woman was just dumped in a room and left to wait. There's usually a specially trained volunteer, and often a police officer who stays with the survivor.
    Thanks . . . we have to send our survivors 70 miles away to a bigger hospital because we don't have a SANE nurse here.

    steph
  9. by   Katnip
    Yep, Steph, it's a rough problem. In a lot of counties it wouldn't make sense to have a SANE nurse because they might not see the 3 cases a year they need to keep up their certs. I think it's 3, at least it used to be.

    Plus I'm sure that specialty has a real shortage since it's always on call except when they're in court.
  10. by   Freedom42
    Am I misreading this article? It says that the woman "claims" (the author's word, not mine) that she waited five hours, but the hospital says records show that all rape victims over the past two weeks waited less than two hours.

    Yes, I know -- two hours is still too long. But I think it's worth noting that the woman's story differs significantly from the hospital's account. Is the presumption here that the hospital isn't being forthcoming?
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from cyberkat
    Yep, Steph, it's a rough problem. In a lot of counties it wouldn't make sense to have a SANE nurse because they might not see the 3 cases a year they need to keep up their certs. I think it's 3, at least it used to be.

    Plus I'm sure that specialty has a real shortage since it's always on call except when they're in court.
    We did have a SANE nurse but she didn't see enough cases, exactly. She could have offered her services to the hospitals 70 miles away but that was too difficult for her schedule.

    I'd actually like to get the training . . .

    steph
  12. by   santhony44
    Quote from Freedom42
    Am I misreading this article? It says that the woman "claims" (the author's word, not mine) that she waited five hours, but the hospital says records show that all rape victims over the past two weeks waited less than two hours.

    Yes, I know -- two hours is still too long. But I think it's worth noting that the woman's story differs significantly from the hospital's account. Is the presumption here that the hospital isn't being forthcoming?

    It actually says that the director of the SANE nurses is the one who reviewed the log.

    It also says that one nurse covers all the hospitals in the county, but doesn't say how many hospitals that was.

    She could have been at another facility, or, as someone else said,in court.

    Honestly, I'm wondering if it just seemed like that many hours to her.

    Or am I the only one who has ever had a patient say something like "I asked for that pain pill an hour ago..." and it's been 15 minutes.

    I knew a SANE nurse who had been one of three in a county. That's a lot of your life tied up with being on call. On top of that, add the "fun" of having defense attorneys trying to make you look like a fool, a liar, or worse on the witness stand. Not what I want to do, myself.
  13. by   Freedom42
    Quote from santhony44
    Honestly, I'm wondering if it just seemed like that many hours to her.
    That's what I wonder, too. I worked in TV for many years. It's not at all unusual to receive a call from someone who's justifiably distraught but who unknowingly exaggerates details of their circumstances. I'm sure any wait would feel like five hours, but since the TV station can't confirm any of it, I'm wondering why they did the story before hospital security met with the woman.
  14. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Outrageous is an understatement.

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