County receives grant for sexual assault exam room
By Kate Johnson
Mercer and McLean counties now have a centralized sexual assault examination room, diminishing the long drive to the nearest city or a long wait in a busy hospital. Mercer County Sheriff Dean Danzeisen presented this new facility to members of Mercer and McLean counties.
Amanda Palmer headed the project and presentation. Palmer was hired by the Mercer County Shierff’s Department in December 2015. Palmer is the jail nurse at the Sheriff’s office in Stanton. She recieved her LPN in 2008 from Dickinson State, deciding a few years later to head back to school to become Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certified.
With friends and family in law enforcement, Palmer said she liked the idea of being a forensic nurse, which would create a bridge between both career paths. Palmer is the only nurse in Mercer and McLean counties who is SANE certified.
To become SANE certified, it is a 40-hour course over the span of one week, in which certain requirements have to be met throughout the training.
Nurses ask me, ‘how do you do it?’” tells Palmer. “Somebody has to do it; this is why I went to training. It’s something I wanted to be involved in for my community.”