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Sexual Assault Simulation Course for Healthcare Providers: Enhancing Sexual Assault Education Using Simulation

Scannell, Meredith MSN, MPH1,2; Lewis-O’Connor, Annie PhD, NP-BC, MPH1; Barash, Ashley BA1,3

doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000089
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ABSTRACT Patients who have been sexually assaulted disproportionately experience gaps in healthcare delivery. Ensuring that healthcare providers who care for this population are adequately prepared is one way of addressing this gap. At the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a 4-hour long interprofessional Sexual Assault Simulation Course for Healthcare Providers (SASH) was developed and conducted at the hospital’s Simulation, Training, Research, & Technology Utilization System Center. The SASH is offered using a variety of teaching methodologies including didactics, skill stations comprising how to collect forensic evidence, simulation experience with standardized patient, and debriefing. Using simulation as an educational method allows healthcare professionals to gain hands-on skills in a safe environment. Ultimately, the goal of the SASH is to enhance collaborative practice between healthcare professionals and to improve knowledge, with the purpose of improving care for patients who have been sexually assaulted.

Author Affiliations:1Brigham and Women’s Hospital; 2Northeastern University; and 3Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

This project received support funding from the 2012 Mary Fay Enrichment Award and Haley Nurse Scholarship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Meredith Scannell, MSN, MPH, PhD Student, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115 E-mail: mjscannell@partners.org.

Received September 9, 2014; accepted for publication July 13, 2015.

© 2015 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.
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