From Forensics to Advocacy: The Importance of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
What Is the Role of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner?
What Is a Sexual Assault Response Team?
Why Is Access to SANE Care Important?
Trauma-Informed Care and Practicing Consent
- The SANE will inform the patient what body part they will examine and ask permission to do so.
I’m going to examine your neck now to see if there are any injuries. Do I have your permission to do so?
- If the patient grants this permission and the SANE notices something that may require a sample collection, the nurse will again ask for permission to collect a specimen and explain why collecting that evidence is appropriate.
I notice a scratch that wasn’t mentioned when I documented your health history. There may be DNA or other materials near this wound, so I would like to swab it. Is that OK with you?
What Are the Requirements to Become a SANE?
Steps to SANE Certification
- Education: To become a certified SANE, a nurse must have the minimum of a registered nursing (RN) license.
- Experience: Prior to starting the certification process, a nurse must have at least two years of clinical experience working as an RN or at a higher level, such as an NP.
- Training: As part of the certification process, nurses are expected to complete 300 hours of SANE clinical skills training.
- Testing: The final requirement to become a certified SANE is to pass a certification examination. IAFN holds exams two times a year.