Forensic Nursing Services of Providence (FNSP) provides medical-forensic exams to patients who have experienced a form of interpersonal violence; primarily but not limited to sexual assault.
We see patients age 16 and over; male and female. The medical-forensic exam includes a physical assessment; documentation and treatment of injuries; screening for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; screening for risk of pregnancy as a result of the sexual assault and providing of emergency contraception if appropriate (in accordance with USCCB Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services); and referrals to additional resources as needed.
There is no cost to the patient for any of the services provided at Forensic Nursing Services of Providence. We are the only service provider for medical-forensic exams in the Anchorage region.
Responding to patients is the bulk of our work. We are available for community outreach and education as often as asked, in an effort to increase prevention of interpersonal violence as well as to train health care providers from communities who do not have established forensic nursing programs.
Forensic Nursing Services of Providence is a nurse run department with minimal physician oversight. Our medical director collaborates with the Clinical Nurse Manager to ensure that our policies, procedures and guidelines are up to date. The director also provides quality assurance reviews of medical-forensic exams and is available over the phone for case consult as needed.
For more information
To learn more about Forensic Nursing Services of Providence, please call 907-212-8544. We are available 24 hours a day and have nurses on-call (907-212-6080 #0180) to respond to patients as needed. To find general information and specific health topics, visit our online health library.