Emerald Coast Forensic Services (ECFS) recently finished its first 40-hour sexual assault forensic examiner course. There were 9 participants – 3 of whom traveled from Japan to attend the training.
Started by ProHealth, ECFS provides professionally-trained forensic examiners in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, and offers training opportunities such as a 40-hour sexual assault forensic examiner course and refresher courses for medical-forensic examiners.
Victims of violence and abuse require care from a health professional that is trained to treat the trauma associated with the wrong that has been done to them – be it sexual assault, interpersonal violence, neglect, or other forms of intentional injury. Forensic Nurses are nurses first and foremost. However, the specialized role of forensic nurses goes far beyond medical care. Forensic nurses also have a specialized knowledge of the legal system and skills in injury identification, evaluation and documentation. After tending to a patient’s immediate medical needs, a forensic nurse often collects evidence, provides medical testimony in court, and consults with legal authorities.
Director, Dr. Kimberly Womack, DHSc, MS, ARNP-BC, SANE-A, CEN, provided the training. She began working for ProHealth Medical Care, a division of ProHealth, last November, and approached owners Danette Krumel and Debbie DuFour about starting the ECFS program. Dr. Womack received her Doctorate of Health Sciences degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, and a Master of Science degree from Northeastern University in Boston. Her doctoral focus included standardizing sexual assault education for registered nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants employed in emergency department settings. She offers the community over 26 years of experience providing exceptional acute and primary care, women’s health and forensic examination. She is the former Director of the Sexual Assault program at Baptist ETC, Pensacola, current Chair of Escambia County /Santa Rosa County Sexual Assault Response Team, Treasurer of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She is a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Committee for the State of Florida, and former Lead Trainer and Content Expert for Sexual Assault Training for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. She is a member of the Gulf Coast Diplomacy Council, providing lectures to visitors from other countries seeking training/education regarding sexual violence. Dr. Womack is well published in the forensic community. She served 9 years with the United States Air Force. She is a resource to Navy Hospital Pensacola and to Eglin Air Force Base locally.
“As a forensic nurse, I am committed to caring for victims of sexual violence in our community,” said Dr. Womack. “We are making a difference one patient at a time.”
For more information about training opportunities and courses, please contact Dr. Kimberly Womack at 677-0737.