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RN - Forensic Nurse Examiner - PRN

Company: Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Inc.
Location: Hutchinson
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

The Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) will provide timely, non-judgmental, compassionate and trauma informed care to any sexual assault victim, perpetrator, or other person involved with violent crime. Including a forensic exam, which will involve a head to toe physical assessment and evidence collection and photographic documentation. The victim of a sexual assault will also be offered prophylaxis for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. All victims will be offered referrals for appropriate medical and psychological follow-up and supportive agencies. The FNE role will also include participation in legal proceedings. The FNE is expected to follow protocols established by the Medical Director and management of the FNE Program at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC).


* Prepares and provides orientation and performs evaluation of personnel in the FNE program.
* Establishes annual competency and quality assurance goals.
* Prepares a monthly on call schedule. Communicates schedule needs to provide 24/7 coverage. Maintain phone numbers to ensure up to date and accurate.
* Maintains supplies and equipment as needed to conduct forensic examinations.
* Maintain monthly chart reviews and provide education and correction when needed. Facilitate discussion for challenging cases or questions from FNEs.
* Offer debriefing sessions when needed after difficult cases and situations. Encourage self care to help prevent vicarious trauma.
* Works collaboratively with the department Director to ensure the program has all necessary resources needed.
* Assists personnel in preparing for courtroom proceedings and attend court room testimonies when possible.
* Communicate with Dr Keri Weeks and provide photographs and nurses notes for all child cases with positive finding.
* Oversees and completes all paperwork required for biannual child advocacy accreditation.
* Attend monthly Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) meetings on the 2nd Monday of every month.
* Participate in monthly Peer Review meetings and present at least one case annually as assigned by Midwest Regional CAC.
* Maintains 20 continuing education credits related to FNE annually including a minimum of 10 hours of child maltreatment CEUs. (Peer review counts toward these hours).
* Assists and shares knowledge of program functions to hospital providers.
* Acts as the FNE/SART coordinator establishing quarterly meetings and communicating with SART team members as needed to maintain professional relationships.
* Establishes good relationship with community resource and work with Bright House to provide continuity of care for victims of violence.

* Maintain current State Registered Nurse License or higher.
* Complete the initial state 40-hour course for SANE training.
* Communicate with FNE coordinator and other FNEs to debrief as needed after difficult cases to avoid vicarious trauma and maintain emotional and physical wellbeing.
* Maintain open communication with FNE Coordinator on a regular basis.
* Maintain equipment in proper working condition, use proper cleaning techniques for equipment and FNE area. Maintain fiscal responsibility of unit's resources.
* Share experiences and personal accomplishments and expertise with other FNE members to provide educational opportunities for the program staff.
* Maintain competency by actively performing cases at least every six months to ensure proper procedure.
* Participate in chart and photograph review process bi-monthly.
* Participate in quarterly SART meetings and monthly MDT meetings.
* Adhere to all administrative, clinical, and employment policies and procedures on file with the HRMC FNE Program.
* Commit to cover minimum number of call hours, including weekend, holidays, and other scheduling requirements as determined by the FNE program.
* Participate in professional development activities including 12 hours of forensic nursing continuing education hours each year, monthly peer reviews, staff meetings, conferences, and in-services.

* Ability to apply the basic principles of nursing.
* Possesses excellent nursing communication skills, which demonstrate understanding of cultural, educational and age-related diversity.
* Possesses excellent nursing documentation skills.
* Demonstrated aptitude in critical thinking skills
* Ability to work independently and make autonomous decisions.

* N/A

* Integrity:
* A personal presence which is characterized by a sense of honesty and the willingness to do the right thing.
* The ability to role model, inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, vision, goals and values of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System.

* Compassion:
* A personal presence which is characterized by a sense of caring that is reflected in a high level of empathy and customer service with all that we come in contact.
* Ability to manage conflict, consider other points of view, and offer alternative solutions without jeopardizing overall project direction and the ability to manage customer expectations.

* Accountability:
* Demonstrated track record of ownership of situations, projects and issues.
* Able to work autonomously and have a high degree of flexibility to adapt to changing projects, priorities and work volumes.

* Respect:
* Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a diverse population.
* Treat all internal and external customers with a positive, proactive service orientation.

* Excellence:
* Strong communication and presentation skills with a proven ability to influence and lead teams to conclusion/decision making.
* Proven ability to think strategically but also must be able to lead day-to-day tactical processes.
* Demonstrated ability to manage and provide coaching and leadership on complex projects.
* Must be able to lead and/or facilitate process improvement.


* Graduate of a nursing program
* Minimum 2 years RN experience
* Completion of the 40-hour State of KS SANE Training Course current or within 6 mos. of employment.

* BSN strongly preferred.
* Graduate of an accredited nursing program

* Current Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Kansas
* Current Healthcare Provider BLS through AHA or ARC before start date.

* N/A
* Establish good relationship with Law Enforcement and maintain open communication and provide feedback when needed.
* Maintain charts and records per state and federal regulations and organizational procedures.
* Maintain call time as required with a minimum of 36 hours of weekend call (Friday 7:00pm-Sunday 7:00pm) and 40 hours of weekday call each month. Holidays call will include at least one fall/winter holiday and one spring/summer holiday each year. These hours may be traded with another FNE if agreed upon in advance.
* The FNE is expected to respond to each case within 30 minutes to one hour from the time of notification.
* Demonstrate the ability to triage patient and determine if medical examination and treatment is needed before a forensic exam.
* Coordinate care with law enforcement, advocacy agencies, and any other services that may be necessary for the safety of the victim. Coordination of referrals for appropriate medical and psychological follow-up as needed for each patient.
* Accurately perform and document all aspects of the history given by the victim about the sexual assault or violent crime.
* Perform a complete physical and forensic evidence collection examination including Head-to-Toe assessment for trauma, detailed genital examination, specimen and evidence collection with documentation, and digital photography.
* Assess the need for mandatory reporting status. Reporting to the appropriate authorities when necessary.
* Document injuries with measurements and details as accurately as possible using photography for supporting evidence. Maintain strict chain of custody and adhere to evidence protocols for each case.
* Maintain professional standards avoiding conflict of interest, maintaining strict confidentiality, and respect for the patient.
* Be prepared to provide testimony of facts to all cases performed and documented as FNE and coordinate with fellow nurses and attorneys to prepare for testifying.
* Upon completion of training and preceptorship the FNE will commit to 2 years of practice in the HRMC FNE Program. If the FNE leaves the Program before completion of two-years independent practice, he/she will be responsible for reimbursing the FNE Program all costs related to training and preceptorship.

We offer competitive pay, a generous benefit package and a reason to be proud of what you do, every day.

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