Congratulations to Assistant Professor and Director of the SON Center for Lifelong Learning, Betty Nance-Floyd, PhD, RN, CNE, CNL, who has been awarded  a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to increase the number of certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) in rural areas of Eastern N.C.

With her project “Combination SANE Program for Rural Areas of Eastern North Carolina,” Nance-Floyd and the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) will engage with Vidant Health (VH), a nine-hospital, 1,447-bed, multi-facility system serving more than 1.4 million people in 29 counties, to offer SANE training to Vidant Health nurses to ensure adequate physical and mental health care for survivors of sexual assault in these areas, and to ensure optimal forensic evidence collection to effectively prosecute the perpetrators.

With this grant, the CLL will offer a program combining adult/adolescent and pediatric/adolescent SANE training to nurses who live and work for VH in Eastern rural communities, to provide the specialized care that is needed, but is often lacking, for these populations.

“Sexual assault survivors require — and deserve — highly specialized care given the trauma they have experienced and the need to carefully collect evidence,” said Dr. Nena Peragallo Montano, dean of the UNC School of Nursing. “Not enough communities in North Carolina are equipped with SANE-certified nurses, who are the only health care professionals specially qualified to provide that care. We are delighted that with this grant and through the work of Dr. Nance-Floyd and the CLL, Carolina Nursing has the opportunity to change that unfortunate fact, and to serve the needs of this highly vulnerable patient population.”

Well done, Betty!

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