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ER1 nurses complete initial SAFE training

Four nurses from Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s ER1 Emergency Department were among 16 area nurses who recently completed classroom training in the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) program. 

Registered nurses Laura Cherry, Susan Little, Rebecca Whelan and Marianne Moranis of ER1 are currently completing the follow-up clinical training and testing required to be certified by the state.

The 40-hour course was taught at Memorial by Western New York Coordinator Jeanine Fleming Schnell, RN, SANE-A, NYSAFE, of Crisis Services in Buffalo.

Sponsored by the state Department of Health, SAFE programs and specially trained health professionals ensure that victims of sexual assault are provided with competent, compassionate and prompt care along with the most advanced technology associated with DNA and other forensic evidence collection and preservation.

The SAFE program is based on the belief that such specialized care and evidence collection supports victims’ recovery and prevents further victimization while increasing the odds for a successful prosecution of their assailants.

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