Southwest Indiana AHEC executive director to receive award

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) Jane Friona, the executive director of the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC), will receive the 2019 Behind the Scenes Award from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).

The national award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to promote ENA’s mission of advocating for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice.

Friona will receive the award at the Emergency Nursing 2019 conference in Austin, Texas.

“As the executive director of the Southwest Indiana AHEC, Jane has an excellent understanding of rural health care in Indiana, as well as the professional development needs of health care professionals,” said Dr. Ann White, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana, which serves as host for Southwest Indiana AHEC. “Under her leadership, USI’s annual Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training has expanded to ensure nurses working in rural and/or underserved communities in Indiana are offered the education and clinical trainings necessary to care for victims of sexual assault.”

For the past four years at USI, Southwest Indiana AHEC has offered a five-day SANE course.

Friona coordinated with the regional sexual assault response team (SART) to design the training.

She worked as a grant writer and special projects coordinator at USI for four years before taking the helm of Southwest Indiana AHEC in January 2012.

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(This story was originally published on May 23, 2019)

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