Program Manager, Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner Program
Naval Medical Center San Diego
San Diego, California
Joy Hardt has been a nurse for 11 years, spending the first 6 years in the United States Navy Nurse Corps, working predominantly in women’s health, but with stints in adult and child/adolescent mental health and a deployment to Djibouti. She first became a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) in 2008, one of a small group of nurses chosen to stand up the first Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examiner (SAMFE) Program at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. She was later selected to help stand up a new SAMFE program at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2014. While serving on Active Duty she obtained her Masters in International Relations, and after being honorably discharged she spent over a year in West Africa, working first as part of an advance medical team, then as Chief Nursing Officer in various Ebola Treatment Centers, leading teams caring for victims of Ebola and working on health system restoration projects. Upon her return to the US she began working as the Program Manager for Naval Medical Center San Diego’s SAMFE Program, leading a small team at Navy Medicine West’s highest volume forensic program. Joy is an instructor for the DOD inter-service training course for SAMFEs in Fort Sam Houston and is a consultant for legal authorities in Navy Medicine West. She also works at Palomar Forensic Health as a Forensic Nurse Examiner, performing pediatric and adolescent/adult sexual assault examinations, domestic violence, elder abuse, strangulation, and assault exams. She is active in the forensic community as the President of the Southern California Chapter of the IAFN and the Communication Chair for the Association of California Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners.
Wednesday, September 11
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM