The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) course provides interested 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.
All training is consistent with the standards of practice as defined by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).
Module 1 Overview/goals for the sexual assault nurse examiner training Overview of the crime (anatomy of a rape) Psychology of offenders - typology, motivation, dynamics Role of the Nurse Examiner History of sexual assault programs Multidisciplinary team concept (Sexual Assault Response Team) Medical advocacy role Community education Implications of victimization Crime Victim Compensation Program
Module 2 Sexual assault forensic interview and kit Overview: forensic examination/evidence collection Collection of evidence - the ER perspective Processing the evidence kit Forensic photography Sex crimes investigation Case examples (nurses in court)
Module 3 Victimization across the lifespan Psychiatric and health response to victimization Cultural implications in caring for victims of violence Medical treatment protocols Physical assessment Injury assessment Forensic documentation
Module 4 Drug facilitated sexual assault Implications of substance abuse for victim and perpetrator Special circumstances/special victims/disabilities Sexual assault case study Pulling assessment skills together
Module 5 Overview of sexual assault training Laws related to rape Roles of SANE’s in the legal system Where do you go from here?
Video "Presenting Medical Evidence in an Adult Rape Trial" from the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP)
Course Facilitator: Jodie A. Flynn MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, D-ABMDI
Faculty members are established professionals active in the clinical and judicial settings with expertise in evidence collection and preservation; trial preparation; and supporting the survivors of violent crimes. Faculty members come from a variety of backgrounds such as police departments, District Attorney’s Office, emergency departments, victims advocacy groups and University Schools of Nursing.