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    Sexual Assault Exams

    At work recently I was asked to do a sexual assault exam because the SANE nurse could not come in. I was raped a few years ago, so I became extremely anxious and I worried that I might start to have flashbacks while I was doing the exam. Since once the exam is started it can’t be stopped, I thought it wouldn’t be in the best interest of the patient for me to be the person completing the exam, so at that point I told my charge nurse that I couldn’t do it. My charge nurse told me that there was another nurse that could do it, but basically told me that it’s part of my job and that will be something I’ll need to “come to terms with” or that I need to talk to my manager who will need to give me permission to not do the exams which he said “doesn’t happen.” I feel really awful tonight and I feel like a bad nurse for not doing what was asked of me. I understand that it’s something that’s expected of me, but even after therapy I still suffer from flashbacks and I just don’t think it’s right for the patient for me to put myself in that situation if I can’t keep it together. I feel really alone right now and I guess I’m just wondering if anyone else has been in a similar situation where something was asked of them and they couldn’t do it and how they handled that? Did I do the right thing by telling my charge nurse I couldn’t do the exam, or if should I have just tried to suck it up and go through with it?
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