Melissa A. Kramer, RN, BSN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P, was honored with the Nightingale Award in the category of Community Nursing during the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania 24th Annual Gala held Oct. 25 at the Radisson Penn Harris in Camp Hill, Pa.
Kramer, a sexual assault forensic examiner program co-director in the ED at Lancaster (Pa.) General Health assisted in developing and implementing its pediatric sexual assault program. Previously, children had to be transferred out of county for acute examination and treatment of sexual assault. She is nationally certified as a sexual assault nurse examiner for adults and pediatrics and is a member of the Lancaster County Children’s Alliance Advisory Council and the State Department of Health Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Committee.
She also chairs Lancaster General Hospitals Community Outreach Council and Future Nurses Club. She also serves as an adjunct clinical faculty member at Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster Campus.
The Nightingale Award recognizes nurses who provide outstanding patient care and exhibit superior nursing clinical skills and extraordinary compassion. The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a statewide, non-profit foundation created to help recruit and retain nursing professionals.