Negotiating the challenges of multidisciplinary responses to sexual assault victims: Sexual assault nurse examiner and victim advocacy programs

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs' relationships with victim advocacy organizations. A national telephone survey was conducted of randomly selected SANE programs, all of which served adults, and some of which also served adolescents and children. Nearly one-third of 231 participants reported that SANEs in their program had experienced conflicts related to roles and boundaries with victim advocacy organizations at some point during the program's history. The most frequently mentioned conflicts involved professional autonomy, control, or turf issues. Future researchers should address personnel, organizational, and structural factors that facilitate collaborative relationships between SANE and victim advocacy organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-85
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2008

Keywords

  • Interagency collaboration
  • Professional boundaries
  • Role conflict
  • Working relationship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (all)

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