Learning Objective 1: Examine the impact of sexual violence on the health and well being of those affected, including individuals, families, and communities.
Learning Objective 2: Discuss the process that nurses use to manage the care of patients who are victims of sexual violence.
Attitudes and behaviors of nurses towards patients who are victims of sexual violence can mitigate or contribute to perceived re-victimization that is common in people who experience this type of traumatic event. The purpose of this qualitative study is to identify the process that nurses without specialized training use to care for patients who are victims of sexual violence. Critical influences that govern the nurses’ attitudes and behaviors will be explored.
Methods: A Grounded Theory method of inquiry is being used as the framework for this study. Audiotaped interviews using semi-structured, open-ended questions and focus groups are being used to collect the data. Participants are Emergency Room nurses without specialized training related to sexual violence. Focus groups are made up of trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners.
Results: The study is in the data collection phase.
Conclusion: There are no conclusions at this time.