Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
Program Mission and Vision
A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a Registered Nurse who has been specially trained to provide immediate, compassionate, and comprehensive care to sexual assault victims, including forensic collection of evidence.
South Dakota, like much of the country, suffers from a lack of trained SANEs. The mission of the SANE Program is to coordinate the resources and provide support for healthcare professionals across the state in order to improve the access and delivery of services to all victims of sexual assault.
The Mission of the program is to:
- Provide immediate, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and comprehensive forensic evaluation and treatment by trained, professional medical experts.
- Deliver timely medical/forensic examination with more complete evidence collection.
- Avoid further trauma to all sexual assault survivors in the health care environment.
- Maximize the probability of collecting and preserving the physical evidence of an assault for potential use in the legal system.
This will be done by:
- Maintaining a state-wide roster of SANE-trained and SANE-certified healthcare professionals to ensure service capacity across rural SD counties.
- Providing financial support to healthcare professionals interested and willing to become SANE-trained or SANE-certified.
- Fostering a peer-led SANE Learning Collaborative with resource sharing.
- Identifying and partnering with the existing networks of sexual assault response
- Partnering with local universities to integrate SANE education into the nursing curriculum.
Join the South Dakota's SANE Learning Collaborative
The SANE Learning Collaborative is intended for South Dakota healthcare professionals seeking forensic nursing education. Being a member of this SANE group will allow you to ask questions, access on-line resources, receive current training offerings, apply for financial assistance, and collaborate with other SANE Learning Collaborative members.
Who do I contact with questions?
*The SD SANE Collaborative supports the cost of trainings for rural SD nurses, including participant travel, hotel, and per diem.
➢ Quarterly Supplemental Trainings which may include:
▪ General overview of pediatric and adult/adolescent kits
▪ Courtroom Training
▪ Multi-disciplinary training
▪ Cultural considerations
▪ Crime Lab information
▪ Intersections of sexual violence (disabilities, domestic violence, Human Trafficking)
➢ Bi-Annual Clinical Skills Lab (IAFN-Approved)
*Note: A prerequisite to this training is a 40+ hour IAFN-approved didactic training. Most South Dakotan medical providers can receive this training for free online at Tribal Forensic Healthcare. Other in-person and online training opportunities are available through IAFN.
▪ Experienced SANE trainers
▪ Live models
▪ Simulation lab
▪ Comprehensive content
o Male and female genital anatomy
o Female pelvic speculum exams (foley and fox swab techniques)
o STI testing and prophylaxis
o Prepare and consent
o State laws
o Forensic photography
o Medical history
o Evidence collection (genital and non-genital)
o Plan of care and discharge
o Case scenarios integrating: culture, trauma-informed care, safety planning, etc.
▪ Identify overlap or gaps in services available
FORENSIC NURSING CURRICULUM – ACADEMIC NURSING PROGRAMS
➢ Enhance existing nursing curriculum to include basic forensic nursing within the BSN and RN-BSN programs. Pilot with USD and expand partnerships to other nursing programs.
➢ Establish the SANE Scholars Program to encourage and support graduate nursing students in pursuing SANE-training and rural practice in SD by supporting educational costs.
STATEWIDE SANE INFRASTRUCTURE
➢ SANE Learning Collaborative
▪ Create and maintain a roster of nurses and other medical providers to support one another and receive information from the SD SANE Program.
▪ Information distribution
o List serve updates: legislation, training opportunities, pertinent topics/ issues that arise.
o Resource Library/Password-protected website for SD SANEs
– Consolidated calendar of events for local, regional, national training opportunities
– Access to prior webinar trainings
– Links to local and national resources
– Updated Kit documentation forms
– Contact information
➢ SANE Steering Committee
▪ Identify sustainable process to track SANE-certified and SANE-trained medical professionals across the state of SD.
▪ Review legislation considerations
▪ Provide annual feedback on training needs
▪ Review kit contents and documentation forms
▪ Make recommendations of above items to the statewide Sexual Assault Task Force
➢ Local, Regional, and National Collaboration
▪ Continually research and collaborate with SANE programs in other states to determine best practices and models that may be suitable to SD.
▪ Identify and collaborate with existing networks of sexual assault response across sectors (law enforcement, judicial system, medical response).
- International Association of Forensic Nurses
- Tribal Forensic Healthcare
- SD Department of Health
- Statewide Sexual Assault Task Force
- SD Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault
- Child’s Voice at Sanford Health
- SD Division of Criminal Investigation
- SD State’s Attorney
- SANE Learning Collaborative
- SANE Task Force
- Avera Health/e-SANE
- Sanford Health
- Monument Health
- Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grant
- The Sexual Assault Forensic-Medical and Advocacy Services for Tribes (FAST) Initiative
- SD State Legislators
- Advocacy organizations
- Hennepin County, MN Train to Retain: SANE Expansion in the Upper Midwest
- Parry Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation
- University of South Dakota – Nursing Department
- Trainers from: Coteau Health Care System Hospital, Brookings Health System, Avera Health, Sanford Health
This project is supported by Grant Number 2018-WR-AX-0014 awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. Its content is solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Justice.