I'm hoping I can at least receive a few responses from Forensic Nurses...
I'm a new RN and have been working on a Cardiac unit for the past year. I'm ready to leave my unit and pursue what I've always had an interest in which is Forensic Nursing. I was first introduced to Forensic Nursing 10 years ago as a Rape Crisis Advocate on my college campus. I've always been intrigued by the SANE's role and have plans to obtain the SANE-A certification, possibly a Master's in Forensic Nursing, and will definitely go back to school to become a NP.
Unfortunately, I have to wait one more year before I can take the SANE-A certification exam since it's a requirement to be a nurse for 2 years prior to certification.
I am lucky enough to have an informational interview scheduled with the ED Nurse Manager on Tues Mar 8. I'm so excited to have the opportunity to be able to ask all of the questions I have about being a SANE in the ED...the only problem is that I have a great fear, knowing my strengths and my weaknesses, that the ED is not the place for me.
The HR rep informed me that the ED at the hospital I currently work for is shying away from hiring new grads because of how other new grads have struggled in the ED over the last several years.
I've never really had the desire to work in the ED due to the overwhelming amount of stress that comes with working in such a hectic environment. However, I've always had an interest in Forensic Nursing and also have a B.A. in Psychology and feel that this specialty will be a great fit for me.
Where else can I gain some experience? I work for a large teaching hospital in a fairly large city but there are no stand-alone SART clinics...the only one that exists in my state is more than an hour away.
Where else, besides the ED, can I gain some experience as a SANE?