Wednesday, September 22, 2010

At Work, Engaged and Making a Difference

from the Cleveland Clinic

Most of Diane Daiber's 25 years with Hillcrest Hospital have been as a nurse in the Emergency Department where caring for victims of sexual assault led her on a career path. After researching programs around the country, Diane founded the first Sexual Assault Nurse Examinder (SANE) program at Cleveland Clinic in 2003. The program started at Hillcrest and it has since been established at Fairview, Huron and Marymount hospitals.

Today, Diane recruits, trains, schedules and supervises a very dedicated group of nursing professionals who attend to the physical and emotional needs of this vulnerable patient population. They also attend to the very important work of collecting forensic evidence. In 2006, Diane began a collaborative effort with local law enforcement to provide an annual forensic nurse training program; to date some 160 nurses have completed this intensive 40-hour program.

A tireless caregiver, Diane is also a founding member of the Cuyahoga County and Geauga County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), and she has served as a member of the Ohio Department of Health Protocol Committee for Sexual Assault Forensic and Medical Examination. In her free time, Diane works with local schools and colleges to provide prevention workshops to students on sexual assault and dating violence. On Oct. 18, she will be working with the Intimate Partner Violence Committee to present a webcast on domestic violence issues.

For those great contributions, Diane has been inducted into the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Hall of Fame and the Ursuline College Alumni Hall of Fame.

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