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Alcohol Use and Sexual Assault Among College Students

Implications for APRN Practice

Sheridan, Trisha, DNP, WHNP-BC, SANE-A, SANE-P; Evans, Dian Dowling, PhD, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP, FAAN

Section Editor(s): Evans, Dian Dowling PhD, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP, FAAN; Column Editor

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: January/March 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 1 - p 2–9
doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000233

The Research to Practice column is designed to provide advanced practice nurses (APRNs) with an analysis of a current research topic with implications for practice change within emergency care settings. This review examines a recent study conducted by Tadros, Sharon, Hoffman, and Davidov (2018), titled “Emergency Department Visits for Sexual Assault by Emerging Adults: Is Alcohol a Factor?” The authors conducted a retrospective chart review of emergency department (ED) visits for sexual assault among a college-age population and found most patients were female (98%) and 70% were younger than 21 years. Additionaly, among those younger than 21 years, 74% reported alcohol use at the time of their assault and 62.3% delayed presenting to the ED for care for 24 hr or more. These and other associated findings have implications for APRN practice, including reporting and documentation of these events, and risk reduction educational strategies.

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Corresponding Author: Dian Dowling Evans, PhD, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP, FAAN, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, 1520 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30030 (

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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