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ETSU College of Nursing professor becomes Northeast TN’s only certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

mccooksanestoryJOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — In the entire eight-county region of Northeast Tennessee, only one nurse is certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A).

According to a release from East Tennessee State University, Dr. Judy McCook is a professor in ETSU’s College of Nursing, and she recently earned her SANE-A certification.

McCook will use her new certification to provide exams and care on campus for patients, while also providing SANE education and training for those wanting to follow in her footsteps.

With the help of a grant the college of nursing received last year, the college will obtain an innovative educational model for SANE teaching purposes. The university hopes to certify at least 21 SANE nurses in three years through the grant.

A conference entitled How Forensic Care Helps Survivors of Human Violence” will be hosted by ETSU on August 8 and 9 at the Carnegie Hotel to further SANE training. It will feature internationally renowned forensic nursing expert Dr. Patrick Speck, who will speak on human trafficking and trauma-informed care.

In an effort to help more victims, the College of Nursing at ETSU will be using a $1.4 million grant to train more nurses over the course of three years. “We have a grant that we are working in the eight counties of Northeast Tennessee and one of the criteria for the grant is that we train sexual assault nurse examiners: both adolescent adults as well as pediatrics,” Dr. McCook said.

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JOHNSON CITY (Jan. 23, 2019) – In an effort to decrease the number of unreported sexual assaults in the Appalachian Highlands, the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University will use a $1.4 million federal grant to train more sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE nurses) and expand patient access to sexual assault evidentiary exams.  

Funding for the Health Education Learning Program for Sexual Assault in Rural Appalachia or “HELP SARA” was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Association and will be used to provide education to the public about sexual assault and what services are available, as well as certification training for SANE nurses at five ETSU nurse-managed clinics in Johnson, Hancock and Washington counties and at Ballad Health hospitals located in rural areas.

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