This program is designed for nurses interested in providing forensic medical assessment and care to survivors of sexual assault. The 40-hour course is designed to provide registered nurses with a comprehensive education program consisting of:
• Collection of forensic evidence
• Evaluation of sexual assault victims
• Testifying in court
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINER (SANE)?
The SANE training program is designed for nurses who have two (2) years of RN experience and are interested in providing forensic medical assessment and care to survivors of sexual assault.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a registered nurse who has been specially trained to provide comprehensive care to sexual assault survivors in a medical setting.
SANE Training is provided by the Mosaic Georgia, a non-profit coalition of sexual assault agencies and concerned individuals that share the common goal of ending sexual assault. Online courses also available (IAFN or other online SANE courses), reimbursement provided after SANE didactic and clinical training is completed and you have been scheduled for work for 6-months.
"As SANE's we help women, men and children who have just experienced the worst time in thier lives,and if we can provide a private, safe, and quiet place for them to be examined, it helps lessen the trauma they are experiencing.” - Jan Gravitt, SANE
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) respond to perform exams on rape victims by providing timely, nonjudgmental, compassionate care to the sexual assault victim. The SANE exam may include a medical forensic exam, prophylaxis for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, photographic documentation, referrals for appropriate medical and psychological follow-up, and participation in legal proceedings.
The 40-hour training course is designed to provide registered nurses with a comprehensive education program. The SANE course is offered at various times throughout the year and several on-line courses are also available.
• Current Georgia R.N. license, plus 2 years of nursing experience.
• Criminal Background check
• Signed contract agreeing to take call and do forensic exams for 2 years
• Interview with Rape Crisis Director and SANE Coordinator
• Signed Forms of Agreement from each of the following:
• Rape Crisis Center Director
• District Attorney of the Judicial District or designated representative
• Medical Director of SANE
• S.A.R.T. Judicial District Protocol Committee Chair
benefits of becoming a sane
• Reimbursement for the cost of the 40-hour didactic portion is fully refundable upon completion of the course and you are taking
• Nurses receive financial compensation per
exam as well as on-call pay
• Liability insurance provided
• Membership to the International Association
of Forensic Nurses
WHY ARE SANE PROGRAMS NEEDED?
The SANE Program is a statewide commitment to provide compassionate and comprehensive response to adult and child victims of rape and child molestation.
HOW IS THE SANE PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED?
While SANE’s work independently as contractors, the Rape Crisis Center is responsible for recruiting, training and retaining SANE’s in an effort to provide an adequate response to victims in need. Oversight is provided by an independent Medical Director who is identified by RCC. All nurses are credentialed at each of the three area hospitals; where there is an independent room reserved for exams.
WHO OFFERS SANE TRAINING?
Approved SANE courses are offered in various areas in the state and on-line. For more information, contact any of the agencies below:
• Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA)
• Mosaic Georgia
International Association of Forensic Nurses
Jan Gravitt, RCC SANE Coordinator