Stress and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Kathleen Strunk

Kathleen Strunk, Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, is part of the transdisciplinary group of scholars at TU committed to advancing knowledge about traumatic stress studies in partnership with the Tulsa community. Examples of these stress studies include violence against women, and crime victimization. She is currently completing a literature review investigating the turnover rate and job stability of nurses in programs such as Tulsa Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. She is specifically examining characteristics such as personality, organizational empowerment and job satisfaction as predictors for long-term employment in what is considered by most to be a highly stressful occupation. Her work is part of a larger project of the Tulsa Institute for Trauma Abuse and Neglect (TITAN).

The TITAN Institute was developed to address issues of trauma, abuse, and neglect, bringing together the interests, expertise and talents of several faculty members across the university to address the complex issues related to traumatic experiences. The goal is to use multiple areas of expertise to address problems related to violence and its effects.

Strunk’s interest in abuse developed from her specialty of mental health nursing. She is an Advanced Practice Clinical Nurse Specialist certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and licensed in Oklahoma. She maintains a clinical practice at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital and teaches mental health nursing in the program. Mental health nursing concepts are integrated throughout the nursing program from Sophomore to Senior classes. Nursing students have clinical experiences in outpatient and inpatient psychiatric facilities during their senior year, supervised by Stunk.