MSCASA - Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault

S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner))

A S.A.N.E. is a registered nurse with at least forty hours of specialized training. The training enables the RN to:

The Sane program benefits a sexual assault victim by streamlining the process of providing comprehensive medical treatment while facilitating the collection of evidence.

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SANE Course Objectives

  1. Review the multi disciplinary team concept of response to sexual assault.
  2. Define forensic nursing, discuss its history, and list professional organizations involved in promoting forensic nursing.
  3. List the roles and responsibilities of the SANE.
  4. Discuss the dynamics of sexual assault; the myths, offender characteristics, and psychiatric sequelae.
  5. Demonstrate the sexual assault forensic examination including history, physical assessment, genital examination, physical evidence collection, forensic photography, and documentation.
  6. Review the process of evidence evaluation by the criminalist.
  7. Identify the aspects of nursing management for the emergency department episode of care including injury identification and management, issues of special populations, sexually transmitted management, issues of special populations, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy prevention, and discharge care and referrals.
  8. Review the roles and responsibilities of the criminal justice system including the laws of Mississippi, the criminal justice process, prosecution strategies, defense strategies and SANE testimony techniques.
  9. Discuss SANE ethical issues such as the IAFN code of ethics, values, confidentiality, and consent.
  10. Review evaluation standards for SANE practice.
  11. Review the components of the clinical practicum: nursing skills, evidence collection, and the observation of criminal trials.
  12. Review the multi disciplinary team concept of response to sexual assault.
  13. Define forensic nursing, discuss its history, and list professional organizations involved in promoting forensic nursing.
  14. Review the multi disciplinary team concept of response to sexual assault.
  15. Define forensic nursing, discuss its history, and list professional organizations involved in promoting forensic nursing.
  16. List the roles and responsibilities of the SANE.
  17. Discuss the dynamics of sexual assault; the myths, offender characteristics, and psychiatric sequelae.
  18. Demonstrate the sexual assault forensic examination including history, physical assessment, genital examination, physical evidence collection, forensic photography, and documentation.
  19. Review the process of evidence evaluation by the criminalist.
  20. Identify the aspects of nursing management for the emergency department episode of care including injury identification and management, issues of special populations, sexually transmitted management, issues of special populations, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy prevention, and discharge care and referrals.
  21. Review the roles and responsibilities of the criminal justice system including the laws of Mississippi, the criminal justice process, prosecution strategies, defense strategies and SANE testimony techniques.
  22. Discuss SANE ethical issues such as the IAFN code of ethics, values, confidentiality, and consent.
  23. Review evaluation standards for SANE practice.
  24. Review the components of the clinical practicum: nursing skills, evidence collection, and the observation of criminal trials.

Adapted from the International Association of Forensic Nurses publication, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Education Guidelines, 2000.


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