State of Colorado Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner / Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SANE/SAFE) Project
Beginning in January of 2013, through a competitive grant offered through the Division of Criminal Justice, Memorial Hospital, University of Colorado Health assumed responsibility of the Colorado state SANE/SAFE Project. This project was previously administered through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Our primary purpose is to provide statewide SANE/SAFE education, clinical training, and technical assistance to all of the programs in the State of Colorado based on the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) SANE Education Guidelines. Because not all communities have access or support for SANE/SAFE programs, the project will also train health facilities and providers without SANE programs. Additionally, training of multidisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) members will occur. We believe that through the use of web based and live training we will be able to assist SANE and other medical professionals in maintaining the skills necessary to care for the sexually assaulted patient, and run sustainable programs.
We are immediately offering:
- Technical assistance via phone or email consultation, monthly newsletter and postings on our web site
By mid-2013, the project will offer:
A 64-hour SANE/SAFE Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric web based didactic training, free of charge to properly licensed Colorado providers
Simulation lab trainings in the CADETS simulation lab at Memorial using highly skilled and experienced Forensic Nurse Examiners as well as live Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTA’s)
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Upcoming Training Opportunities
1. Online Comprehensive SANE/SAFE Training Program
The Colorado SANE/SAFE Project will be offering the following schedule of online Sexual Assault Nurse/Forensic Examiner didactic training programs:
Fall 2013 (November 1 - December 15), must register by October 21
Winter 2014 (January 1 - February 11)
Springs 2014 (April 1 - May 12)
» Download: SANE/SAFE Course Flyer (.pdf/100K)
» Download: SANE/SAFE Registration Form (.docx/28K)
You can send your registration forms via email to email@example.com or fax them to (719) 365-6101.
2. Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Clinical Skills Lab Training Program
The Colorado SANE/SAFE Project will be offering the following schedule of live SAFE clinical skills laboratories for nurses completing or having completed the Sexual Assault Nurse/Forensic Examiner didactic training program. The nurse wishing to complete this training would choose one of the dates listed.
January 31st, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
February 28th, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
» Download: SAFE Clinical Skills Lab Training Program (.pdf/208K)
The cost for the Clinical Skills Training Lab for all Colorado licensed participants is $100.00. The cost for all out-of-state participants is $100.00. Payment must be received prior to course start-date. Please make checks payable to: Memorial Hospital-University of Colorado Health.
» Download: SANE/SAFE Clinical Skills Registration Form (.docx/23K)
3. SART Series
» Download: Updates to the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exams (.pdf/436K)
» Download: Recent Colorado SANE/SAFE Project Newsletter (.pdf/466K)
SANE: A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is a Registered Nurse who has been trained in the comprehensive care of the sexually assaulted patient, has the ability to conduct a medical/forensic examination with or without evidence collection, and is capable of testifying as an expert witness in a legal proceeding. The SANE may care for the adult/adolescent population, the pediatric population, or both.
SAFE: A Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner is a Registered Nurse or advanced practice provider such as a physician assistant, physician or Nurse Practitioner who has been trained in the comprehensive care of the sexually assaulted patient, has the ability to conduct a medical/forensic examination with or without evidence collection, and is capable of testifying as an expert witness in a legal proceeding. The SANE may care for the adult/adolescent population, the pediatric population, or both.
The only difference between SANE and SAFE is that SANE only refers to nursing as the provider, SAFE may be nursing or other properly trained advanced practice providers.
SANE-A: Is the IAFN nationally recognized certification credentials when the appropriately trained SANE has successfully passed the adult/adolescent certification examination.
SANE-P: Is the IAFN nationally recognized certification credentials when the appropriately trained SANE has successfully passed the pediatric certification examination.
Certification: Is through the International Association of Forensic Nursing (IAFN). Information on certification can be found at http://iafn.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=4. There is no legislatively or otherwise mandated Colorado certification requirements.
Competency: is broadly defined as a person's ability or capacity to do a job. It applies to many professionals, and involves physical abilities or skills, performance of specific tasks, knowledge and understanding of the topic and the personal characteristics necessary for a job. In nursing, competency is determined at the local (clinical) level.
Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Jenifer Markowitz, ND, RN, WHNP-BC
Division of Criminal Justice, Colorado
International Association of Forensic Nurses
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance Project (SAFEta)
Forensic Health Online
National Indigenous Women's Resource Center