SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINERS (SANE) are Registered Nurses who have completed specialized education in the medical, psychological, and forensic examination of patients who have experienced sexual abuse or assault. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner provides culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, and patient-specific evaluation and treatment including access to crisis intervention counseling, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, prevention of pregnancy, notification of law enforcement, and outpatient reevaluation. SANE Nurses are also Forensic Nurse Examiners whose experience and training allow them to physically examine and collect evidence from victims of sexual assault. When serving in this role, the SANE Nurse is part of a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) whose mission is to provide a range of medical, forensic, and legal services to rape victims.
To become a SANE Nurse, one must be a Registered Nurse with more than two years of experience in a field of nursing such as Emergency Medicine. The RN must then take a Sexual Assault Examiner Course comprised of classroom and clinical training, and then successfully complete the SANE certification exam. There are two different credentials available under the SANE designation: SANE-A for adult and adolescent examiners and SANE-P for pediatric examiners.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are often called to provide expert testimony in civil and criminal cases where there are allegations of sexual abuse or sexual assault. To secure a hand-selected SANE Nurse expert for your case, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on our Case Strategy Team.
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