Our Nurse of the Week is Anne Boatright, 32, who recently received a Transformational Leadership award from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for her work supporting and treating rape victims. Boatright is a sexual assault nurse examiner, a career path she chose after the difficult experience of treating a patient who was a victim of rape.
Treating rape victims is a sensitive matter that can leave many healthcare professionals feeling at a loss for how to best support these special patients. However, Boatright found that sexual assault nursing was the right specialty for her, and she is now the coordinator of the Methodist Heidi Wilke Forensic Nurse Examiner program in Omaha, NE.
Boatright’s Forensic Nurse Examiner program is the only forensic nursing program in the state. Omaha World-Herald reports that the program has grown significantly from treating 27 cases in 2003 to over 380 cases this year, an average of 30 cases per month. The program has 24/7 staffing with 30 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and community partners from the Omaha Police Department, Douglas County Attorney’s Office, and the Women’s Center for Advancement.
Thank you, Anne, for your courageous and passionate work treating victims of sexual assault when they need your support the most.