Original Release Date: November 5, 2021
In episode three of our Workforce Resiliency mini season, Just Science continues our conversation with Dr. Cara Berg Raunick, a women’s health nurse practitioner and the Director of Clinical Quality and Advancement at Health Care Education and Training, on vicarious trauma experienced by sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs).
On last week’s episode, Dr. Berg Raunick discussed the realities of vicarious trauma, its effect on SANEs, and how those effects – anxiety and depression, for example – can hinder SANEs from providing critical care to survivors of sexual violence. Listen along as Dr. Berg Raunick continues detailing her research methods and findings on vicarious trauma among SANEs in this episode of Just Science.
This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].
Dr. Cara Berg Raunick is a nurse practitioner and certified SANE-A. She works as the Director of Clinical Quality at Health Care Education and Training, a non-profit committed to improving reproductive and sexual health outcomes throughout the Midwest. She also maintains a clinical practice in women's health and family planning. Her SANE career began on the forensic nursing team at the Cleveland Clinic. She has also worked as a SANE consultant for the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking, where she led the most recent revision of the Indiana State Guidelines for the Medical Forensic Examination of the Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Patient. Her doctoral research on Vicarious Trauma Among Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners was published in the Journal of Forensic Nursing, and she was recently published in the Indianapolis Star advocating a trauma-informed approach following the universal trauma of 2020. Dr. Berg Raunick teaches frequently in community, academic, and professional settings on various sexual health, trauma-informed care, and forensic nursing topics.
The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast episode are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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