We are delighted to offer a training evening for our Escambia County volunteers with the incredible Barbie Valletto, who is graciously giving us the benefit of her time and experience to come and host an open event titled: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse.
Barbie has been a registered nurse since 1987, where she initially worked in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Shands/UF in Gainesville and worked as a Primary Care and Urgent Care pediatric nurse for 15 years. In 2004, Barbie joined the UF Child Protection Team, covering 17 counties in the State, which meant every day she would travel to rural counties to complete child abuse exams via telemedicine. In 2008 Barbie joined CPT (Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties), where she is currently the Clinical Coordinator for CPT. Her role includes triaging incoming cases to CPT, completing forensic interviews, telemedicine and sexual assault exams. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) since 2013, Barbie is also a preceptor and guest speaker at UWF BSN College of Nursing, a preceptor for FSU and UF medical students and pediatric residents. If that wasn’t enough, Barbie is also a trainer for new FFN workers and Law Enforcement officers on recognizing the signs of child abuse.