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Narrowly missed window for SAFE certification (vent)


Specializes in Med-surg/tele. Has 7 years experience.

Ahhhhhh, I am so disheartened right now and feeling rather sorry for myself, so here's a vent.

Last year, I took a class to become certified as a Forensic Nurse Examiner. Loved it, found it super interesting, was excited to finish my clinical requirements. The hospital I'm at has an excellent program and a lot of people took the class and applied for positions here afterward, as they help you complete the clinical portion to actually get certified. I was starting a new full-time job at the time and decided to start one new thing at a time. I've been eyeballing this program for years and there have ALWAYS been open positions, plus it is an area of high burnout, so there is usually a flow of nurses in and out of the specialty.

Well, I shouldn't have waited to apply. Today is the FIRST open position they have posted since I took the class last April. In exactly one week, my year to complete clinicals is up, and I would have to retake (and pay for) the entire class again to have another chance.

I'm especially bummed because I was so close to having everything done. I was able to do so much in finding my own clinical experiences, and on the good graces of the preceptors for that program, who called me in if they had a case I could help with. I have one case and one trial left to go, but at this point, there is no way I can do those and submit the paperwork by the deadline. :(

Big sigh. I've got plenty of stuff to do, finishing my BSN, applying to grad school, exciting happenings in my personal life, so I won't be moping for long. And I can always retake the class in a few years once things settle down; I still would really love to do this someday! I'm just upset that I spent so much money and unpaid time to get SO CLOSE to being certified, only to miss it by the skin of my teeth.

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

What a bummer. :( I was what we called a SAMFE (sexual assault medical forensic examiner) as a collateral duty in the Army. Just prior to commissioning and being whisked off to my duty station, I had been actively searching for courses on my own to work toward this. Imagine my joy when I got to my first duty station and was told that they had a SANE class coming up and that they would love to have me! I did that for a few years, taking a break when I deployed — thank goodness we didn't have any incidents on my tiny compound, I am not sure how chain of custody would have worked! I probably would have had to take a rotary wing/fixed wing combo to a larger base where there was actually some type of law enforcement to sign for it!

I got pretty burned out on it, partly because I was put on continuous call (24s in a row) many times because the civilian nurses didn't want to take call but couldn't be "voluntold" like I was. I still wanted to take call, but I don't sleep well when I am on call and many days of call in a row took a toll. :( When I came home from deployment, I declined further participation (which really meant that I asked to not be part of the program any longer; truthfully they could have told me to suck it up and deal, but they are quite sensitive to our needs after experiencing the horrors of war trauma).

So I am once again considering forensics at this point. I keep coming back to it! I have GI Bill remaining, and I have time to think about it as I wait to become a first time mom this summer. I have put school on the back burner in favor of family, but it's still in my brain. I keep looking in my folder of links to forensic programs. :D