SANE training - page 3

Hello everyone, Just wanted to say that I came back from a SANE training in Atlanta and it was wonderful. I'm now on my way to becoming a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner(SANE). If this is something... Read More

  1. by   sirI
    Quote from jemommy
    How long does it take to become a forensic nurse or a SANE?
    Hello, jemommy,

    Most academic programs are approximately 60 hours with a 45 hour cinical internship.

    To sit for national certification, one must have:

    1 - unrestricted RN license
    2 - at least 2 to 5 years RN experience (depending on the certification entity)
    3 - have completed at least 40 hours of SANE didactic instruction (again, depending upon the program and certification entity)
    4 - have pre-determined supervised clinical practice post education

    Of course, a Masters degree will be longer; approx. 30 months part time. Most certificate programs can be completed in approx. 12 months full time.

    There are also DNP programs with a Forensic Nursing track.
  2. by   RNCRICE
    hi, i am just starting a forensic nursing certificate progam. i believe i will be able to be a sane also at completion, but not sure if it takes more training. anyone know? rncrice
  3. by   pvorn
    The nurses in my program self-schedule so we work as a team to cover 24/7. Each will balance their SANE responsibilities with the demands of their 'regular' job, family, etc.
  4. by   aundrea543
    never mind... I found what I needed
    Last edit by aundrea543 on Oct 22, '07 : Reason: found my answer
  5. by   redladybird
    Where did you get your training in Atlanta?

    Quote from syranurse
    Hello everyone,

    Just wanted to say that I came back from a SANE training in Atlanta and it was wonderful. I'm now on my way to becoming a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner(SANE). If this is something that you want to do, go for it!
  6. by   biker momma
    Can you tell me/us more about the training? The ED I work in is asking for volunteers to go through the training; think I'd be interested but want to hear more from others. I have taken an eight hour SART training but felt like I need more than that. Am afraid I will miss something doing the nursing part of the exam - the MD's still do the pelvic part. Once we get some SANE trained RN's then we will do the whole exam unless there are physical injuries that need MD attention.
  7. by   sirI
    Quote from biker momma
    Can you tell me/us more about the training? The ED I work in is asking for volunteers to go through the training; think I'd be interested but want to hear more from others. I have taken an eight hour SART training but felt like I need more than that. Am afraid I will miss something doing the nursing part of the exam - the MD's still do the pelvic part. Once we get some SANE trained RN's then we will do the whole exam unless there are physical injuries that need MD attention.

    Hello, biker momma

    Check out this thread about SANE:

    The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - SANE
  8. by   aundrea543
    SANE is a long term goal for me and I know is far into the future right now ... but just wanted to get some opinions from people who do/have done it. My boyfriend feels that I wouldn't be a good candidate for such training as I have been a victim of Sexual Assult and in his opinion I would possibly take it to heart. I feel the opposite... I feel I'd understand what my patient is going through more so than someone who had never been assulted could. I just wanted to pick some brains who have experience with this. Any feedback is appreciated
  9. by   Satori77
    Quote from jace7m3
    SANE is a long term goal for me and I know is far into the future right now ... but just wanted to get some opinions from people who do/have done it. My boyfriend feels that I wouldn't be a good candidate for such training as I have been a victim of Sexual Assult and in his opinion I would possibly take it to heart. I feel the opposite... I feel I'd understand what my patient is going through more so than someone who had never been assulted could. I just wanted to pick some brains who have experience with this. Any feedback is appreciated
    Jace, I want you to know that I understand where you are coming from. I am doing my pre-req's for nursing and hope to get into forensic nursing. I go back and forth about SANE certification. I, too, was a victim of sexual assault almost 12 years ago, but it still affects me to this day. Some times I think it would be too traumatic for me, other times I feel as though my history would make me a perfect SANE nurse, and I am called to this profession. When I went to the hospital after my attack, it was a horrible experience. But there was one nurse there, who held my hand and told me that she had been assaulted as well, and undertood how I felt. You can't imagine the relief that swept over me, and I felt completely at ease with her. To be able to do that with someone else, would make what I went through almost worth it. If I could comfort someone in their time of need, then maybe there was a reason for what happened to me. That is how I see it.
  10. by   sirI
    I think that being victims of sexual assault gives the individual a perspective that no one else could possibly know when seeking the role of SANE nurse.

    If you do not project self onto your victim, you should be able to have special insight that will serve you well in the role. Just be certain of your true reasons to seek the career track.

    Good luck with all of your decisions as forensic nurse.
  11. by   aundrea543
    Quote from Satori77
    Jace, I want you to know that I understand where you are coming from. I am doing my pre-req's for nursing and hope to get into forensic nursing. I go back and forth about SANE certification. I, too, was a victim of sexual assault almost 12 years ago, but it still affects me to this day. Some times I think it would be too traumatic for me, other times I feel as though my history would make me a perfect SANE nurse, and I am called to this profession. When I went to the hospital after my attack, it was a horrible experience. But there was one nurse there, who held my hand and told me that she had been assaulted as well, and undertood how I felt. You can't imagine the relief that swept over me, and I felt completely at ease with her. To be able to do that with someone else, would make what I went through almost worth it. If I could comfort someone in their time of need, then maybe there was a reason for what happened to me. That is how I see it.
    Thank you. I know my boyfriend's heart is in the right place when he voices his concerns, but he's coming from a different place all together. I, like you, feel that it calls to me. That I just might be able to use this negative experience to help others. I know that I have a lot of time to think about it, and I'm sure I will encounter many things in this journey that could change my direction, but the second I saw it on this website... "Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner".... It leapt out at me. I used to want to persue a career in criminal justice, but felt a stronger pull toward nursing. When I found out that Forensic Nursing and SANE were options... It all just felt right. I'm not an "everything happens for a reason" type of person (wish I were sometimes as they tend to be positive and uplifting ), but I certainly strive for "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade".

    I agree with what you said about feeling at ease with someone who knows vs. someone who says they understand. It's just different and not to say it's better. I wish no one knew. But there is a strange sense of comfort with someone who really gets it. I know one of the most difficult things is to tell someone about what happened, yet in order to get proper treatment it is crucial. If I can make that bitter experience even just a little easier for someone, I can't think of a good reason not to.
  12. by   sirI
    I know one of the most difficult things is to tell someone about what happened, yet in order to get proper treatment it is crucial. If I can make that bitter experience even just a little easier for someone, I can't think of a good reason not to.
    Excellent insight.

    Good luck. I think you will go far in this career, jace7m3!!
  13. by   +new+
    Hi everyone,

    As an advocate, I think that SANEs are absolutely critical to the victim centered apporach to sexual assault treatment. The specialized knowledge not only of the forensic exam, but the special patience and care that they take can make all the difference to victims. So, kudos to all of you who take the time and energy to get trained and stay committted. It certainly isin't for everyone but those who do do it are amazing to me!
    Last edit by sirI on Sep 10, '08 : Reason: TOS

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