Quote from Lachrymologist
As of right now I am working towards my LPN. I should be graduating in December. After I get my LPN I intend to get my ADN and I'm very interested in forensic nursing.
I just read a post not too long ago that stated that in order to be a SANE you must have a BSN or an MSN. I thought that you just had to be an RN period for pretty much all areas of forensic nursing. So now I'm wondering, as an ADN, what areas of forensic nursing will be open to me? Thanks in advance!
One other thought comes to mind when I read your post. Once you get your RN, and assuming you are still interested in forensic nursing (SANE and otherwise) and you are doing your interviews at hospitals, find out what they know of forensic nursing and how supportive they would be of you pursuing this field. Regardless of what area you choose, the training will cost money and some hospitals/agencies would be willing to pay for education, testing, and are supportive in general - others are not and would not.
If you do SANE training, keep all your original signatures and sign-offs, and who your instructors are. I just passed my Board Certification as a SANE-A and I had to track down my instructors who validated me so they could sign my application to take the exam (which cost more than $200 to take). The certification exam is about as difficult as nursing boards; 4 hrs was allotted for taking it (it took me 3 hrs) and I had 176 questions to answer. Most of them were scenario based and required more than a surface understanding of sexual assault and involved critical thinking.
There are other areas of forensic nursing, and it would be helpful to you to be able to relocate to another area of the country, if necessary. The economic situation is also taking its toll on this area of nursing: although I work in an ED where I am a SANE nurse and I do use forensic nursing, I had been hired as a per diem forensic nurse in another hospital. Last week I got a formal lay-off notice, as did the others who were forensic nurses there, due to a fiscal deficit.
So, go into this field with eyes wide open, research it all you can, and network as much as you can. Best of luck to you.