Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE)
A sexual assault is a devastating trauma to victims both physically and emotionally. Victims of sexual assault deserve prompt comprehensive care in all medical facilities. Victims should receive medical care for the evaluation and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy concerns. Victims should be offered options of care and reporting options when requesting care from medical facilities.
What is a SANE?
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program provides direct patient care to victims of sexual violence who present to emergency departments and urgent care centers. The SANEs deliver coordinated, expert forensic and medical care necessary to increase successful prosecution of sex offenders and to assure essential medical intervention to victims of violence.
What do SANEs do?
- Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are specially trained and certified professionals skilled in performing quality forensic medical-legal exams. Should a case go to trial, the SANEs are then available to testify
- SANEs are available by beeper and respond to the site ready to care for the victim of sexual assault
- SANEs will document the account of the assault, perform necessary medical exams, testing and treatment, then collect crucial, time sensitive evidence
- A forensic exam performed by a SANE can take around to 4 hours
- SANEs provide medical care to survivors without interruption, therefore maintaining the chain of evidence from the exam
- SANEs provide preventative treatment for HIV, STDs, and pregnancy
What does a SANE training program involve?
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training is divided into a didactic portion consisting of approximately 42 hours in the classroom, followed by 45 hours of clinical activities which includes:
- Medical exams/SBI Rape Kit
- Law Enforcement
- Pediatricians/Child Medical Exams
- Criminal Justice Procedures
- Victim Advocacy
- Department of Social Services
Julie Baisa, BSN, RN
Jacqui Callari-Robinson, BSN, RN, SANE-A
Jean Coopman-Jansen, RN
Kimberly Curran, BSN, RN, SANE-A
Jill Fisher RN, CEN, CFRN, SANE-A
Laura Kollatz BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Saskia Lodder, RN, BSN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Colleen O’Brien, BSN, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
C. Jill Poarch, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Meg Robertson, NP
Julie Schuppel, RN, SANE-A
Interested in SANE training?
WCASA offers 2 Adult & Adolescent and 1 Pediatrics Seminars per year. For more information, go to our SANE training page.
For more information on SANE or to be added to the SANE listserve, please contact WCASA’s SANE Coordinator.