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Forensic Nursing Services of Providence to resume overnight services

  

Dick Mandsager, MD, chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center

 
Beginning 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Forensic Nursing Services of Providence will resume overnight services.
 
Due to staffing issues, Forensic Nursing Services of Providence had temporarily closed overnight. These staffing issues are still a long-term challenge we are working to resolve. We are actively recruiting and hiring for on-call positions with a goal of being fully staffed by Feb. 1, 2014.
 
In the interim, we have identified a temporary staffing solution. Since September, we have been working with Providence Alaska Medical Center departments and their managers to identify and request the help of nursing staff who have completed the required Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner didactic training and who have demonstrated competency in caring for adult/adolescent patients who have experienced sexual assault. Through this process, we have identified two nurses who have agreed to temporarily provide overnight services at Forensic Nursing Services of Providence in a full-time capacity.
 
This is a temporary solution as we work to rebuild our on-call staffing model by Feb. 1, 2014, if not sooner. Forensic Nursing Services of Providence is staffed by registered nurses who have advanced and highly specialized training in caring for patients who have experienced sexual assault. Like other nurse specialties, forensic nurse examiners are in great demand, and we are actively recruiting for RNs with this training and experience or those seeking this experience.
 
Please know that while making the difficult decision to suspend overnight services, we continued to investigate alternate staffing solutions and the details were finalized this week. Thank you for your continued partnership in supporting members of our community who have experienced sexual assault.
 
 
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