Friday Q&A with Emily Huggins

I'm pleased to be able to present a new Coordinator Q&A today from Emily Huggins at the Wellspan Health York Hospital Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program in York, PA. I was thrilled to have this show up in my inbox, as I have spent some time with several of the staff from this program and know what a good crew it is.

(A quick word on formatting today: I am stuck using a computer other than my own and it's making things look a bit wonky, so my apologies if this isn't as pretty as it normally would be.)

I've been a SANE since: 2001

Hospital or community-based program? Hospital Based: WellSpanHealthYorkHospital Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program

I'm a SANE because: At the end of an exam, when I can see the difference I made for the patient or the family, I'm reminded how important this role is. Not to mention I'm an ED nurse so it feeds into my "instant gratification complex"

The best advice someone ever gave me was: put one foot in from of the other and keep your *** moving

A skill every SANE should have is: patience

A skill every program coordinator should have is: patience

More money or more staff? Depends if you're talking experienced, competent staff or money to develop them

I wish someone had told me when I was first starting out: The mountain will never seem smaller

My most indispensable resource is: My community partners

My strong suit is: dedication

I would rather eat glass than: (there are multiple responses that could to here) justify what I do

I take care of myself by: compartmentalizing

It will be time to do something else when: Good question!

In 10 years I would like to be: Documenting the difference this team makes in our community

Words of advice for a struggling SANE program coordinator? Don't stop, Don't give up (sorry my kids like yo gabba gabba)!

Thanks, Emily!