How can I become SANE?

  1. Hey, y'all, I have been out of the allnurses loop for awhile, actually out of nursing at all for a very brief time, for a fabulous reason- I have the most gorgeous little baby girl! As much as I want to stay home with her forever, at some point I need to get back to work unless I plan to breastfeed her indefinitely and educate her in the barn alongside the horses. This may not be in her best interest.

    I have always had a keen interest in SANE. I'm planning to be off for another couple of months, so I thought I'd pick y'all's brains to see how and where I can get into a SANE program. ER nursing has shown me several tantalizing glimpses of this, and I think this might be the time to pursue it.

    Any information at all on the programs, job prospects, any other aspects I do not know enough to ask about, please come forth with your comments, experience, and opinions!

    Thanks a million,
    Christen, Brand-new mom of Gracie, The Cutest Baby In The World!
    Last edit by TennNurse on Apr 20, '09 : Reason: Anal-retentive grammar correction
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  3. by   Penguin67
    Each state and local area has slightly different rules and regs. Let me tell you how I did it in Georgia.

    I contacted a Rape Crisis Center in my town. They screened me and put me in touch with a state wide program out of Atlanta, Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA). I attended a class that was one week long, and very intense. Covered topics such as understanding the victim, communication, details of the exam, etc...

    Following completion of the class, I had a 40 hour preceptorship to complete before I was certified by GNESA as a SANE. The 40 hours could be scheduled at my liberty, and included: hours with an NP pr MD learning to do pelvic examinations, hours with a pediatrician learning pediatric exam techniques (I clepped this, as I am a certified pediatric nurse), doing an 8 hour ride-along with local police (to help us to understand law enforcement's role, as we would be working together), time with the local DA who prosecutes the cases, time with victim assistance services at the courthouse, time spent observing court room trials (as we will be called as the expert to testify if our case goes to court), time spent with rape crisis center to learn what services they offer to the victim, and time spent with the state bureau of investigation to see how DNA is processed. Also, I had to do 3 supervised (precepted) exams, so I had to take call with a SANE preceptor until I fulfilled that requirement.

    The basic requirement is to have two or more years of experience before being admitted to a SANE training program. Many local DA's offices fund the training, and some rape crisis centers do as well.

    There are degrees offered in forensic nursing at the master's level, but you don't have to have one of those to work as a SANE.

    Look at the website for the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).

    Hope this informaiton helps!
  4. by   BrnEyedGirl
    There is a "forensic nursing" tab under the nursing specialty tab that has more info. If I were more computer savvy I'd post it,.....
    I am a SANE nurse in Missouri. My ER paid for a group of us to take the course and the exam. This isn't a full time position for us. We all work as full time staff RN's and we take turns being on call for SANE exams. There is a huge need for this type of specialty. It took us a long time,.years, to convince administration of the need and we still don't have all the kinks worked out yet,.but we've increased our reimbursement for these exams from approx $150 to around $1200 just by having someone who is specially trained and has the knowledge of what needs to be done and what forms to fill out. Money is always a big motivator and it's working for us. Best of luck to you and I'd be happy to answer any questions you have.
  5. by   Sparrowhawk
    I'm assuming you have to have your RN to even consider this?
  6. by   mustlovepoodles
    I'm in awe of anyone who can do this.
  7. by   BrnEyedGirl
    Quote from Sparrowhawk
    I'm assuming you have to have your RN to even consider this?

    Yes, RN with 2yrs experience. The job includes a full RN assessment.
  8. by   sirI
    Thread moved to Forensic Nursing forum.

    Check out these threads:

    How Do I Become a Forensic Nurse/Role of the Forensic Nurse

    The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - SANE

    Good luck with your decisions to become a SANE.
  9. by   TennNurse
    Penguin and Cardiac, thanks! I will get started looking into these. Turns out Memphis has a really good rape crisis center. Not sure exactly what this says about our fair city.....
  10. by   sugarsweet21612
    is there any way a SANE can be an NP? what type of masters would you get?
  11. by   sirI
    Quote from sugarsweet21612
    is there any way a SANE can be an NP? what type of masters would you get?
    Yes, some programs have Masters in Forensic Nursing.

    Boston College has a Clinical Nurse Specialist track: