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State of Massachusetts Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) in Brockton, Massachusetts

The Department of Public Health (DPH) in collaboration with the Plymouth County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in Brockton is seeking a caring and compassionate nursing professional for the role of Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). Fostered by a “do no harm” philosophy of care, our ideal applicant will provide comprehensive nursing care which may include but not be limited to completion of a forensic examination with forensic evidence collection, and screening, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI) as needed. The ideal candidate will provide care that is developmentally appropriate to children and their families, and will serve as part of the CAC’s multidisciplinary team in response to concerns of child sexual abuse. Additional responsibilities include providing psycho-social support, teaching, health promotion, anticipatory guidance and linkages to the child’s primary care provider.

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/Candidates who are not currently certified as a Massachusetts Pediatric SANE Nurse will be provided with on the job training and the opportunity to successfully complete certification. Training will include e-learnings/webinars and on-site clinical training at the Plymouth County CAC. Other forms of instruction will include clinical experiences with child sexual abuse experts in hospitals and other CAC settings which provide Pediatric SANE services./

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_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_

  • Provides overall direct patient care and consultation to pediatric patients (ages infant to 17) and their families when there are disclosures of sexual abuse.

  • Utilizes photo-documentation equipment and the MA Pediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit (MA PEDI Kit); maintain all patient records/images created in the course of care in accordance with established policies and procedures.

  • Collaborates with attending physician, social worker, and other members of the multidisciplinary team sharing information regarding forensic findings/interviews, case reviews and health needs.

  • Assists in the development of a plan of care for the patient which meets their medicolegal, medical, emotional and social need.

  • Administers appropriate health analyses for children who have been sexually abused including pregnancy screening and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing; prescribes appropriate medications for treatment.

  • Maintains “chain of custody” for forensic evidence until custody is transferred to law enforcement.

  • Completes comprehensive documentation of child sexual abuse examinations using the Pediatric SANE Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and other appropriate documents.

  • Provides subject matter expertise and testimony in court proceedings as a fact witness, when needed, regarding the care rendered in the role of a Massachusetts Pediatric SANE Nurse.

  • Conducts case management to ensure appropriate referral of a patient’s care to community resources including physicians/clinicians, mental health providers, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and other support services.

  • Facilitates training/outreach to local hospitals, providers, school nurses, DCF and other community partners regarding trauma-informed, evidence-based practices in the care of children who are sexually abused.

  • Participates in professional development opportunities and projects including data collection, research and telenursing activities as needed.

_Preferred Qualifications:_* *

  • Passion and commitment to evidence based practice and excellent clinical skills.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard nursing policies, procedures, methods, techniques, safety practices and medical terminology/abbreviations.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of child and adolescent growth and development.

  • Ability to establish effective relationships with individuals, families, providers, physicians, team members and the community.

  • Capability to provide culturally competent care, to work with patients of all abilities and in collaboration with diverse professionals.

  • Skilled in public speaking and facilitation of training, education and outreach to professionals and community partners.

  • Thoroughness, independence and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to resolve problems/conflicts in a diplomatic and tactful manner.

  • Capacity to maintain accurate records and exercise discretion in handling confidential information.

  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

_About the Plymouth County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC):_

The Plymouth County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), a partnership between the Office of Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz and Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc. (BAMSI), offers a comprehensive approach to serving child victims and their families. The Center coordinates and supports an interdisciplinary response in a child-friendly environment that promotes children’s safety, health, and well-being.

Children in Plymouth County between the ages of three and eighteen, who are the victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect or child exploitation/trafficking, receive coordinated services from the multi-disciplinary team. All services are developmentally and culturally customized to meet each child’s individual needs.

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_Agency Mission:_*

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**The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

_Total Compensation:_

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Offer Process:_

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visithttp://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact Health Human Resources at 1-800-850-6968.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  1. Applicants must have at least 5 years of experience as a Registered Nurse with practice in Pediatric Health Nursing, Adolescent Health Nursing, School Health Nursing, Family Health Nursing or Community Health Nursing. In lieu of this requirement, incumbents must have 3 years of experience as a Register Nurse and 2 or more years of experience in a health or victim service related field of practice.

  2. Applicants must have a graduate degree as a Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pediatrics, Adolescent or Family Health Nursing or a graduate degree in Forensic Nursing.

  3. Applicants at this level in this series will be required to complete MDPH Pediatric SANE certification within 1 year of employment.

  4. Following initial MDPH Pediatric SANE certification, incumbents must maintain current and valid MDPH Pediatric SANE Certification.

  5. Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid Motor Vehicle Driver’s License at a Class level specific to assignment.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Medical Services

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

Location: Massachusetts-Brockton-591 Pleasant Street

Requisition ID: 190000MN

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