Essay about The Interview I Completed Was With Cindy Dikmen

2136 Words May 15th, 2016 9 Pages
The interview I completed was with Cindy Dikmen, who is an emergency room registered nurse and a certified sexual assault nurse examiner at a local hospital. In order to be a certified sexual assault nurse examiner, a registered nurse must complete 40 hours of certification training. In addition to the training, shadowing experienced sexual assault examiner, is also recommended in order to build skills. Training also teaches how to interview victims in order to record an accurate statement. The physical examination focuses on areas where the person was assaulted. The nurse has to take photographs and use swabs to collect DNA evidence of semen, saliva or sweat. Blood or oral swabs are also taken to provide a baseline DNA of the victim. The nurse is also responsible for collecting evidence such as clothing. Once all the forensic evidence is collected the nurse is responsible for packaging it into a sealed sexual assault kit to preserve evidence for law enforcement purposes.
Cindy mentioned that this 40 hours of training is only required for certification but is not required by the state, the nurse’s union or the hospital. However this training is offered uniformly throughout the nation so that the procedure and requirements are the same and done in the most effective way possible. This nationwide programs is offered through each state run coalition for domestic abuse. She also discussed that this certification program does not educate nurse about crisis intervention methods…

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