The training is also valuable to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, victim advocates and crime lab analysts. Courses run M-F and include both lecture and hands-on skills training. Taught by an experienced, highly skilled and well-credentialed licensed nurse trainer, this training provides an interesting and interactive format for learning critical information about this important field.
Trained forensic nurse examiner teams are the standard in many communities throughout the country for providing both evidence collection examinations and sensitive, compassionate care following sexual assault and rape. Using online modules, a nationally developed virtual SANE DVD and classroom time, this course will provide the basic didactic and clinical information to begin the process of becoming a sexual assault nurse examiner SANE for adolescent and adult victims. Practical experience with a focus on assessment and photo-documentation of injury is a primary objective of this course.
The SANE is trained to identify physical trauma, document injuries, collect evidence and maintain the chain of custody, and provide necessary referrals. To become a SANE, a registered nurse must successfully complete a 40 hour training. An additional 25 hours of supervised clinical experience are also required.
Not many of us get to comfort a stranger on one of the worst days of their lives. But for sexual assault nurse examiners—or SANE nurses—this is part of their everyday. When someone comes to a hospital emergency department and reports an assault, SANE nurses are called in to help, and the medical and emotional support they provide helps survivors begin the path to healing.
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner SANE course provides nurses with the information and skills to properly care for victims of assault both physical and sexual by recognizing, collecting and preserving evidence, interviewing the patient and linking them to vital community resources for follow-up. This course, taught by experts in the areas of forensic nursing, law enforcement and criminal prosecution, emphasizes victim advocacy and the overall importance of being a member of the interdisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Team SART in the investigative, health care and prosecution processes. You will learn the theory, research base, and legal rationales for protocols used by SANEs.
When sexual assault victims arrive at an emergency department, one of the first people they encounter is a forensic nurse who is trained to gather information from the crime. Forensic nurses who are certified as sexual assault nurse examiners SANEs follow scientific and legal procedures to collect evidence and ensure quality of care for the victims. For SANEs, other goals of sexual assault and rape testing include assessing and treating injuries, preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, and offering psychological support.
As a registered nurse, this course will prepare you to provide comprehensive care for recent victims of sexual assault. Understand how to offer support, take histories, gain consent, conduct examinations and carry out interventions as needed. Examine risk factors for assault, standards of practice, physical and psychological consequences of assault, forensic and non-forensic examination, injury identification and documentation, as well as discharge follow up.