Erika Darymple, BSN, RN and Kim Morse, BSN, RN do not want Perry to be a transfer hospital for male and female sexual domestic and dating-violence victims. They want to make a difference. Fortunately, the opportunity arose to do just that. Freedom House, along with other area partners, collaborated to receive a federal grant to provide services in the Illinois Valley area. Erika and Kim made the choice to become certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE). They have a vision and are leading the way to make it happen at Perry.
First, 16 hours of online training had to be completed followed by a 40-hour education conference. Then the year-long clinical training journey begins. They will experience an array of exposure from forensic exams and witness advocacy, to photography and many other topics. The current goal is to become internationally certified forensic nurses.
From Erika’s Emergency Department experience, she knows first hand the importance of providing this type of service to our communities. Erika said, “I have performed it in the past, and in the near future I will be certified to provide the victims of sexual assault a voice and power to move forward if they choose to.”
Kim has always had an interest in women’s healthcare with her OB/GYN experience at Perry. Kim shared, “It is important for a male or female to have options and I wanted to be part of helping in a time of trauma which can be a turning point in their lives.”
Certification target date is fall 2019. Currently Perry is considered a transfer hospital, and any patients with sexual assault needs are transferred to other hospitals. Once their certification is complete, Perry will become the hospital location for area hospitals to transfer patients to. Erika and Kim will be on a Perry sponsored call rotation for the Perry Emergency Department and will perform off site consultations as needed. Sexual Advocacy now has Perry’s voice thanks to Erika and Kim.