Flushing resident Amy Smith, a nurse practitioner at LIJ Forest Hills, was honored earlier this week by the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault for her work with sexual assault victims.
Smith has been a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) for 11 years, and helped lunch a SANE program at Lenox Hill Greenwich Village as well.
She also serves at the program coordinator of SANE training at Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. Twenty nurses are in the program’s inaugural class.
An exam by a SANE nurse could take up to six hours. It includes gaining the patient’s trust, asking questions and doing a physical exam to check for injury and forensic evidence.