Since 2007, the S.A.F.E. program has been available at Community Regional Medical Center. S.A.F.E. is an acronym for Sexual Assault Forensic Examination. This week’s Healthcare Hero is the first male nurse a part of that program.
Registered nurse Lemuel Majam has been with Community for seven years. Last year he decided to join the S.A.F.E. program, because he says he wanted to help victims and bring their sexual assault cases to justice. S.A.F.E. is the only program in Fresno County that takes care of pediatric and adult victims and suspects, and can provide a medical screening exam.
Majam said, “The pros is, you’re able to, like I said, be able to take care of the patient and be able to comfort them in their most vulnerable time, but it’s also a con because you see the injustices that is done with vulnerable populations such as kids, females, people with disabilities.”
Youa Yang is the S.A.F.E. program manager. She stated, “Lem is, he’s very genuine and he’s very soft spoken. A lot of our patients feel very comfortable with him, whether they’re pediatric, adult, he pours his heart out. You can see the compassion in him for emergency nursing. And with him becoming one of our S.A.F.E. nurses, that truly shows even more.”
There are currently 13 nurses in the S.A.F.E. Program. Yang said they’re working on a grant through UCSF and the University of Arizona to increase their staff and have the S.A.F.E. nurses become internationally certified.