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Teal Talks

In conjunction with the exhibition at the MSU Museum, “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak,” the Museum is hosting a series of “Teal Talks,” which are facilitated conversations by scholars and advocates about the exhibit and the important issues it raises.

The special exhibit “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” was developed in collaboration with sister survivors and their allies, reflecting on the vast crisis of sexual violence centered on the MSU campus in recent years. Through visual art, poetry, text, and audio installations the exhibit chronicles the survivors’ continuing struggle to call public attention to sexual violence and to promote dignity, healing, and positive transformation. The exhibition is now on display in the Main Gallery at the MSU Museum through March 2020.

March 13, 2020 | Dr. Judith StrunkCollege of Nursing

Judith Strunk, DNP, RN, FNP-C is an Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing at Michigan State University. She teaches in the undergraduate BSN program and has an extensive clinical background. Her areas of clinical nursing experience are neonatal intensive care, care of the childbearing woman, family planning and sexual assault nurse examiner. She received her undergraduate degree at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, MSN from Michigan State University, and DNP from Oakland University, Rochester, MI. She previously published an original research article in the Journal of Forensic Nursing titled, “Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs of Prenursing and Nursing Students about Sexual Assault” which appeared in the April/June issue 2017.

Forever Changed: Nursing and Care of Sexual Assault Patients
One in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. Nine out of 10 survivors are women. Care of survivors of sexual assault is very specialized, yet not generally prioritized in our training or in the care setting. Often the care occurs in a hospital emergency department, where physicians and nurses are triaging imminently life-threatening injuries and conditions, leaving the sexual assault survivor to wait for care. Often, they give up and leave. Not all hospital emergency departments employ Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE’s) or physicians trained to care for survivors of sexual assault. Lifelong health conditions and problems can result from sexual assault. How can we improve the system of care for survivors of sexual assault within our current health care systems? How can we improve training for nurses and doctors to care for these vulnerable patients?

Teal Talks will take place on the second Friday of the month from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the MSU Museum in the exhibit, “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak.”

Schedule of Teal Talks:

September 13, 2019 | Dr. Sabrina Ford, College of Human Medicine

October 11, 2019 | Dr. Kyle Greenwalt, College of Education

November 8, 2019 | Dr. Paulette Stenzel, Broad College of Business

January 10, 2020 | Dr. Teresa Mastin, College of Communication Arts and Sciences

February 14, 2020 | Dr. Brian Johnson, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Social Science

March 13, 2020 | Dr. Judith Strunk, College of Nursing

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