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Improving Care for Victims of Sexual Assault in Rural and Medically Underserved Areas in Michigan through the Training of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

Healthcare Industry

4-Year IHE

Organizations Involved

University of Michigan-Flint School of Nursing

Occupations Involved

Registered Nurses, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers AND improving the quality of healthcare workforce AND healthcare workforce retention

Workforce Issues Addressed

Attracting and training individuals to work in a healthcare profession; Training current healthcare professionals in new techniques or practices; Training current healthcare professionals in SDOH, implicit bias, or on other subjects that will help professionals provide more culturally-competent and/or patient-centered care; Any activity or implement that addresses reducing healthcare professional turnover


University of Michigan-Flint College of Nursing received funding from HRSA to increase the number and quality of sexual assault nurse educators (SANEs) and strengthen the current SANE workforce for rural and underserved communities in Michigan. U of M-Flint College of Nursing will do so by developing and implementing a new SANE certificate program that includes experiential, precepted, and simulation-based learning experiences (SBLEs) for Registered Nurses, Advance Practice Nurses and Forensic Nurses. The new SANE curriculum will prepare nurses to transition into their roles in the underserved communities they will practice in by incorporating empathy and exposure to real or simulated sexual assault (SA) survivors in underserved communities.

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