Promoting Professional Quality of Life and Resiliency in Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
AffiliationUniversity of Arizona College of Nursing
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CitationBouchard, L., Williams, D., Kiser, L., Freese, E., & Taren, D. (2022). Promoting professional quality of life and resiliency in sexual assault nurse examiners. Journal of forensic nursing, 18(1), 13-20.
JournalJournal of forensic nursing
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AbstractBACKGROUND: Sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) have received specialized education and clinical training in providing forensic care for sexual assault and abuse victims. SANEs provide compassionate and competent care that promotes emotional recovery for their patients; however, caring for this population puts SANEs at risk for secondary traumatic stress, professional burnout, and compassion fatigue. The research regarding SANEs indicates that there may be multiple personal and organizational factors that affect their development of negative outcomes related to professional quality of life. PURPOSE: This study explored challenges SANEs experience in their work and what resources are utilized to promote their resiliency and professional quality of life. METHODS: SANEs were recruited to complete an anonymous online survey through the International Association of Forensic Nurses community; 69 SANEs completed the survey. Eight of the SANEs also participated in follow-up focus groups. RESULTS: The participants reported many gratifying aspects of their work. They also described challenges related to personal, professional, organizational, and community factors. Many of the reported negative effects align with secondary traumatic stress and professional burnout. The SANEs identified multiple ways to support their resiliency in the context of this difficult work. IMPLICATIONS: The nature of this work puts SANEs at risk for developing adverse symptoms related to professional quality of life. SANEs need better support and resources to cope with the demands of their work. Findings of this study will be used to design SANE Well, a support application to promote SANE wellness and resiliency.
Note12 month embargo; published 17 December 2021
VersionFinal accepted manuscript
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