The Forensic Nurse Examiners Program is based out of the Emergency Department at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Forensic Nurse Examiners are Registered Nurses specializing in providing immediate, comprehensive medical-forensic examinations and evidence collection on sexual assault and domestic violence victims. This includes a PERK (Physical Evidence Recovery Kit) and suspect kits, along with photographs and documentation. The program provides appropriate laboratory testing, prophylactic STI(sexually transmitted infections) medications, and emergency contraception to victims. Forensic Nurse Examiners maintain chain of custody procedures of evidence and are qualified to provide testimony in court.
The group works in conjunction with local law enforcement, Commonwealth’s Attorneys, and Response crisis services. The FNE program is part of a SART (Sexual Assault Response Team), a multidisciplinary team made up of medical, legal, law enforcement, social/crisis services, and victim assistance programs. The program provides lectures and training on domestic violence/intimate partner violence and sexual assault to colleges and universities, community groups, victim advocates and law enforcement.
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Forensic Nurse Examiner Program
600 Gresham Dr
Norfolk VA 23507
Phone: (757) 388-2443
Forensic Nurse Examiner Program Coordinator:
Angie Lang, RN, SANE-A