By Quincey Taylor
Caitlin Ferderber presenting her poster at the conference. Photo courtesy of Ferderber
BYU nursing students Chelsea Van Wagenen and Caitlin Ferderber had the chance to attend the International Association of Forensic Nurses Conference of 2018. Held in Reno, Nevada from October 24 to 27, these students mingled with top tier Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) of the nation. Each student entered a medical poster they had created to be judged, informing viewers about a certain topic within SANE nursing. They represented BYU well, bringing home not only first place but also a second place win.
Van Wagenen entered a poster informing viewers about strangulation during sexual assault:
Judges were impressed with the poster and the high quality research. Van Wagenen’s entry won second place.
She enjoyed the conference and says about the experience, “I just have felt very blessed to have the opportunity to go and participate in this conference as an undergrad. The conference was an amazing opportunity to learn about SANE nursing. It made me realize that there is so much more out there to learn and the importance of continuing to educate ourselves beyond nursing school. The conference also made me realize the impact research has on nursing and how it is important to stay up-to-date on the current practices.”
Ferderber’s poster educated viewers about characteristics of male sexual assault victims, and won first place.
She comments on the experience, “I was just honored to have been accepted to present my poster and hadn’t expected to win anything for it. I also felt extremely grateful to have been able to work with Julie Valentine, Leslie Miles, and Linda Mabey on their study. They are amazing, and I have learned so much from working with them.”
Ferderber explains about her choice of topic she put on her poster, “One of the major differences we found between female and male victims was that males are more likely to be assaulted by a stranger or person in authority. Men are also less likely to have a CODIS eligible profile developed, which can hurt their case if they decide to prosecute. I really enjoyed the conference and learned more about forensic nursing as well as how to better care for victims of sexual assault. The ugly truth is that sexual assault, abuse, and other forms of violence are far too common. I hope to take what I’ve learned and apply it to my practice so that I can help victims as they go through these traumatic experiences.”