How a lack of sexual assault nurse examiners is affecting Oregon’s North Coast


The Astoria-Megler bridge, designed by Conde McCullough, stretches 4.1 miles between Oregon and Washington. It has been featured in movies such as "The Kindergarten Cop," "Short Circuit" and "The Goonies."

A file picture of the Astoria-Megler Bridge. There are no qualified sexual assault nurse examiners based mostly in Astoria. For those who choose to report their assault, this scarcity of specialised nurses usually means survivors have to journey to Portland for an examination.

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There are no qualified sexual assault nurse examiners based mostly on Oregon’s North Coastline. Presently, there is one licensed nurse who is primarily based in Portland and works intermittently in Astoria. This suggests for those people who select to report their assault, they will probable want to vacation to Portland for an evaluation when this nurse is unavailable. Survivors are usually informed to hold out for numerous several hours until a qualified or educated nurse is accessible and are also instructed not to shower or adjust garments through this waiting interval, discouraging lots of from continuing the method. Abbey McDonald is a reporter for The Astorian. She joins us to share more on her reporting and how the lack of these specialized nurses are influencing Oregon’s North Coast.

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