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Colorado SANE SAFE Project

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.

 

During 2014, the project will offer:

  • Technical assistance via phone or email consultation and postings on our web site
  • A 64-hour SANE/SAFE Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric live-via-WebEx didactic training, free of charge to properly licensed Colorado providers and properly licensed military personnel practicing health care in Colorado

  • 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)



Upcoming Training Opportunities

 

1. Comprehensive Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program – SAFE (Live-via-WebEx Training)

 

» Download: Program Flyer (.pdf/72K)

 

The Colorado SANE/SAFE Project will be offering 64 hours of live-via-WebEx adult, adolescent and pediatric SANE training utilizing the IAFN educational guidelines for best national practices in caring for the sexually assaulted patient. **Please see below to learn more about WebEx and the way that the format will work for this training.

 

2014 Live-via-WebEx training offerings:

  • March 31st -April 3rd /April 7th-10th 2014 (Register by March 14th, 2014)
  • April 28-29, May 5-6, May 12-13, May 19-20 (Register by April 14th, 2014)
  • June 2-3, June 9-10, June 16-17, June 23-24 (Register by May 19th, 2014)
  • Sept 8-9, Sept 15-16, Sept 22-23, Sept 29-30 (Register by Aug 25th, 2014)
  • Oct 27-28, Nov 3-4, Nov 10-11, Nov 17-18 (Register by Oct 14th, 2014)

Please note that the last date of each training will meet live and in-person in Colorado Springs and the hours for all class dates are from 8:00am-5:30pm.

 

Register Now

 

» Download: Live Via WebEx Registration Form (.doc/48K)

 

Email the completed registration form below to Shay at Shamaree.Ramirez@UCHealth.org or fax to Shay at (719) 365-6101.

 

Cost: Free to properly licensed healthcare providers and military personnel practicing healthcare in Colorado

$400.00 for properly licensed out of state RNs
$500 for properly licensed out of state Physicians

 

**How does Live-via-WebEx SANE training work?

 

The training must be accessed during the posted times of the course.  This is how we show your attendance and presence each day.  You can access the course two ways:

  1. By logging onto to your computer and using a headset with built in microphone; or
  2. By logging onto your computer and calling in using your phone.

You can log in from home or from work, but if you choose to do the class from work, be sure your work computer supports the use of WebEx. Do this by establishing the connection and checking with your IT department long before you start the course. If you choose to use your cell phone be sure you have your charger and that your cell plan has no maximum number of minutes allowed. We recommend using a land line.

 

You will receive log in and call in information the week before the course begins so you have time to check your system.

 

The instructors will be live with you during the course, and you will be able to pose questions via a chat box built into the system.

 

The last day of training is actually conducted LIVE and in person at the location listed in your registration confirmation. We prefer students be present because some of the work is hands-on. If you are from out of state, or if you have an emergency preventing you from attending live, you may WebEx in.

 

You will only receive your CE credits if you are in attendance every day for the entire class.


 

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.


2014 Clinical Skills Lab Dates:

  • February 28th, 2014 7:30am - 5:30pm (Register by Feb 8, 2014) 
  • April 18th, 2014 7:30am-5:30pm (Register by March 31, 2014)
  • May 23rd, 2014 7:30am-5:30pm (Register by May 5, 2014) 
  • June 27th, 2014 7:30am-5:30pm (Register by June 4, 2014)
  • October 2nd, 2014 7:30am- 5:30pm (Register by Sept 18, 2014)
  • November 20th, 2014 7:30-am-5:30pm (Register by Nov 6, 2014)

» 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. Payment must be received at time of registration.  There will be no refunds unless class does not make due to low enrollment.


Register Now


» Download: SANE/SAFE Clinical Skills Registration Form (.docx/23K)

 

Email the completed registration form below to Shay at Shamaree.Ramirez@UCHealth.org or fax to Shay at (719) 365-6101.


3. SART Series

January 13 - March 31, 2014: The Lethality of Pediatric Strangulation Online Course.


» Download: The Lethality of Pediatric Strangulation Flyer (.pdf/425K)

 


 

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Definitions


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.




Project Staff


Shay Ramirez

Administrative Assistant

shamaree.ramirez@uchealth.org

(719) 365-8345


Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P

Project Manager

jennifer.weeks@uchealth.org

 

Kim Nash, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P

SANE Trainer

kim.nash.co@gmail.com



Resources

Division of Criminal Justice, Colorado

dcj.state.co.us/ovp/


International Association of Forensic Nurses

iafn.org/


Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance Project (SAFEta)

safeta.org/


Forensic Health Online

www.forensichealth.com/


National Indigenous Women's Resource Center

www.niwrc.org/