Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE): Who We Are and What We Do?

This course was recorded from a live webinar that took place on December 9, 2020.

The need for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) in the hospital and/or clinic setting is paramount in treating men and women who have experienced trauma, intimate partner violence, neglect or other forms of intentional injury or abuse. SANEs work in a variety of fields, including sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, elder mistreatment, death investigation, corrections, and in the aftermath of mass disasters. Many hospitals mandate that there is a designated person(s) who has had specific training in the area of abuse and neglect to be able to provide this highly specialized care to the most vulnerable population. 

A SANE is a Registered Nurse (RN) or Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) that has received specific education and training that focuses on obtaining a history from a patient, completing a head-to-toe medical examination (including a thorough external genital examination), looking specifically for trauma and injuries, properly documenting those injuries through both written and photo documentation, collecting evidence per chain of custody, and testifying in court to the examination findings. This course provides an overview into the exciting role of forensic nursing and specifically the role of the SANE and touches on the steps it takes to become a SANE.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the learner will able to:
  • Explain the importance of the SANE in today’s healthcare environment.
  • Discuss the didactic and clinical requirements needed to become a SANE.
  • Describe the components of the medical forensic sexual assault examination and evidence collection kit.
  • Discuss the SANEs role in the judicial process.

About the Presenter
Allyson Cordoni, APN, CNP, SANE-A, SANE-P

Allyson Cordoni, APN, CNP, SANE-A, SANE-P, is a nurse practitioner who has over 20 years of experience providing care to adults and children who have experienced sexual/physical violence. She has served as a Forensic Nurse Consultant, specializing in issues related to sexual assault of adults and children, child abuse and neglect, strangulation, and domestic violence. Ms. Cordoni has developed policies and procedures, educational trainings, was a member of the US Military MEDCOM task force responsible for writing/implementing sexual assault policies for the US Army and authored the Shaken Baby bill for the state of Hawaii. She has presented at numerous international, national, and local conferences, authored several peer reviewed articles, participated in numerous multidisciplinary team (MDT) boards, and conducted trainings in the area of sexual assault, domestic violence, and strangulation research.

Content Reviewer
Michelle Doran, RN, MS, NPD-BC

Michelle Doran, RN, MS, NPD-BC, has twenty-five years of nursing experience in clinical and administrative leadership roles in various healthcare settings. She has spent the past decade focused on professional development and advancing nursing practice and is certified in Nursing Professional Development through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Course ID: 47459