Friday Q&A with Cindy Jennings
Today's Q&A comes to us from Cindy Jennings, coordinator of the Dayton, OH program. Cindy's been a constant down in the Miami Valley, running one of the older programs in Ohio and she graciously responded to my call for submissions. Thanks, Cindy!
I've been a SANE since: 1997
Hospital or community-based program? Miami Valley Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program
I'm a SANE because: Long story---- I did an exam as a new ER nurse---Read the instructions like everyone else---Went to court----Got eaten alive---Article brought to nursing council---peers felt it was too big a project to look into---I was mad and decided to take it.....Started the program
The best advice someone ever gave me was: Be a nurse first...
A skill every SANE should have is: Strong assessment skills and a strong belief in the professionalism of nursing
A skill every program coordinator should have is: Flexibility and Patience
More money or more staff? Neither----A balance for a strong and sustainable program.
I wish someone had told me when I was first starting out: I was the foundation for a new nursing specialty in our community
My most indispensable resource is: The IAFN and others around the country...
My strong suit is: Setting yearly realistic goals for the program
I take care of myself by: Leaving work at work and being a mom
It will be time to do something else when: I become stagnant in my ideas and contribution to the program and its advancement
In 10 years I would like to be: Teaching
Words of advice for a struggling SANE program coordinator? Set realistic goals for your growth and development. Remember to base your practice on sound nursing principles and evidence based practice