Careers At The Crisis Center

Since 1972, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has been committed to bringing help, hope and healing to people facing serious life challenges. What we do and how we do it has changed dramatically over the years—and it will continue to evolve—but there is one thing that has never changed: the extraordinary dedication of Crisis Center volunteers, donors, and staff.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) P/T; SANE Preferred

Department: Sexual Assault Services
Location: Tampa, FL

Position Details

Job Status: On-Call/Part-Time, Non-Exempt

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay brings help, hope and healing to people facing serious life challenges or trauma resulting from sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, financial distress, substance abuse, medical emergency, suicidal thoughts, emotional or situational problems. Nurse Examiners conduct sexual assault medical-forensic exams on male and female victims, ages 13 and older within 120 hours of the sexual assault. The team of nurse examiners in Sexual Assault Services function in an on-call role providing coverage around the clock. Generally, on-call shifts are 12 hour shifts, 7a-7p/7p-7a and each nurse covers between 2-4 shifts per week including both days and nights. Nurses are paid for being on-call and are paid for each exam they perform.

Strategic/Transformational Duties and Responsibilities

The nurse examiner will use a trauma informed care approach to help and provide forensic exams to victims dealing with the trauma of sexual assault in a compassionate and nonjudgmental manner.

Transactional/Administrative Duties and Responsibilities

  • Take call for sexual battery examinations as scheduled.
  • Conduct sexual battery examination on both males and females 13 years of age and older when requested by law enforcement within 120 hours of assault.
  • Physical assessment and evaluation of the sexually battered patient.
  • Make referrals for treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and post coital contraception.
  • Make appropriate referrals for victims of trauma or associated problems.
  • Serve as an expert for the criminal justice system in a sexual battery prosecution.
  • Serve as consultant to other agencies as necessary.
  • Process specimens for the laboratory as necessary.
  • Maintain contact with Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Inc. for at least one (1) year after termination of employment and respond to any and all subpoenas on cases that were examined while employed as a Nurse Examiner.
  • Know and comply with the policies and procedures of the Agency, FCASV, the IAFN, the OAG and the FDLE crime lab.
  • Know basic microscope skills and identify common pathogens.
  • Take digital and colposcopy photographs for use in court.
  • Perform such other duties as required by the supervisor.

Required Competencies

  • Cooperation/Teamwork-Works toward win/win solutions. Deals with conflict collaboratively. Discusses root causes underlying the problem. Develops effective working relationships.
  • Engaging Communication-Relates to people in an open, honest, sincere manner. Treats people with respect. Is friendly and approachable. Listens attentively to others. Communicates ideas clearly. Communicates appropriately with leadership and coworkers.
  • Customer Service (Internal & External)-Recognizes and attends to important details with accuracy and efficiency. Treats customers courteously. Responds to customer requests in a timely manner. Elicits feedback from customers to monitor their satisfaction. Considers both short and long-term interests of the customer in making service decisions. Proactively identifies customer needs. Takes responsibility to resolve customer complaints. Takes business or personal risks to serve customers' long-term interests. Creates strategies to help the organization serve customers more effectively
  • Adaptability- Adapts readily to changes. Works effectively under stress. Needs minimal supervision. Comfortable working in a fast paced environment. Is reliable, dependable and results-oriented. Maintains productivity and composure under pressure. Effectively prioritizes work and establishes clear goals and plans.
  • Problem Solving-Views problems as opportunities to create new solutions.  Anticipates potential problems and analyzes alternative solutions. 
  • Judgment-Gathers sufficient input before making decisions. Sees interrelatedness between issues. Considers alternative solutions. Makes appropriate and timely decisions.
  • Valuing & Fostering Diversity- Demonstrating respect for individual differences and establishing a climate where all people can be comfortable and productive through sensitivity, empathy, and acceptance of cultural, racial, mental health, and socio-economic diversity.
  • Self-Management- Taking of responsibility for one's behavior and well-being; Working effectively under stress and adapting one's style to changing situations; Comfortable working in a fast paced environment, and needs minimal supervision; Exhibiting a professional demeanor.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of methods of gynecological examinations.
  • Must be computer proficient with the ability to learn new software applications.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of effective verbal and written communications.
  • Ability to conduct sexual examinations using accepted methods.
  • Ability to testify in a court room situation.
  • Ability to maintain an appearance of composure at all times.
  • Ability to work independently.

Education and Experience

  • Current and valid Florida driver's license and insured private transportation. 
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) highly preferred; Florida RN's will sufficient experience will be considered. 
  • At least one (1) year of experience in one or more of the following:
    • Supervision and administration
    • Gynecology
    • Midwifery
    • Emergency Room
  • Specialized training in assessment of the following:

    • Acute crisis situations
    • Trauma and/or medical situations
    • Gynecological examinations
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certification and/or Pediatric experience is a plus.
  • All Nurse Examiners must acquire SANE Certification within one year of hire.  
  • Complete Trauma Informed Care, Mental Health First Aid and Psychological First Aid trainings, Medical Peer Reviews, or other training as deemed appropriate by the SAS Medical Director. 

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Physical Requirement: Employee must be at to sit, climb or balance, hear, use hands, taste/smell, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, stand, walk, talk, and reach with hands and arms.

Working Conditions: Duties are performed primarily in an office environment.

Travel: Occasional

Hours: All Nurse Examiners are required to cover at least six shifts per month. Services available 365 days a year 24-hours a day. Work a rotating on-call schedule. Employees are required to be available on-call during holidays, evenings, and/or weekends; and during hurricanes and other times of disasters/critical incidents. 

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