Flushing resident and LIJ Forest Hills nurse practitioner Amy Smith was honored May 6 by the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault during the 10th annual Celebration of Excellence held at the Marquee New York in Manhattan.
Ms. Smith has been a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) for 11 years and was instrumental in launching a SANE program to treat sexual assault victims at Lenox Hill Greenwich Village.
She is currently working to enhance SANE services at LIJ Forest Hills and is the program coordinator of SANE training at the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, where 20 Northwell nurses are in the program’s inaugural class.
An exam by a SANE nurse – which includes gaining the patient’s trust, asking questions, doing a physical exam to check for injury and forensic evidence, and providing medications – can take up to six hours.
The absence of SANE nurses at hospitals often re-victimizes those who have suffered a sexual assault by having them recount what happened to emergency department administrative personnel, and then again to a nurse, physician or other clinician.
Between January and June 2017, there were 1,240 sexual assault victims seen in emergency departments in localities served by Northwell.