Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Potomac Hospital Nurse Receives Forensic Nursing Excellence Award

Rhonda Boyett, R.N., SANE-A, Potomac Hospital’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Team Coordinator, has been awarded the 2009 Forensic Nursing Excellence Award and the 2009 Dream Team Award from the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a professional who works in cooperation with law enforcement officials to gather evidence in sexual assault crimes. A member of Potomac Hospital's SANE team is on call 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, through Potomac Hospital's Irene V. Hylton Emergency Care Center. Each is an experienced registered nurse who has also completed a rigorous training program in forensics and courtroom procedure in order to achieve SANE certification.

The International Association of Forensic Nurses is in its 17th year of providing education and support to forensic nurses throughout the United States, Canada and 22 other countries.