A Forensic Nurse Examiner is a registered nurse who, following education and clinical experiences, may offer additional avenues of forensic services to include holistic care for victims of violence, such as abused children, neglected elders, individuals who have been trafficked, and victims of intimate partner violence.
UCCS currently offers four forensic nursing courses for continuing education credit: SANE, AFNE, DFSA, and SANE Practice Review.
The Advanced Forensic Nurse Examiner (AFNE) course is provided over three days and expands on the education and experience of practicing SANEs. The course covers additional healthcare issues that involve a forensic exam, including intimate partner/domestic violence, strangulation, child maltreatment, elder abuse, and human trafficking. AFNE is typically offered once a year at UCCS. To learn more about our other continuing education offerings, visit the Forensic Nurse Education page.
The AFNE course is approved for continuing nursing education credits. Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at University of Colorado Colorado Springs is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Provider#: BEC-0114, Exp. Date: 02/28/2017
Qualifications for nurses to attend the Advanced Forensic Nurse Examiner course include at least one year of practice as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
Fall Session 2014
Advanced Forensic Nurse Examiner (AFNE) Education Course
Dates: November 10, 11, 12
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For those traveling to Colorado Springs to attend a SANE or AFNE course, UCCS has agreements with several local hotels for reduced pricing for students: Hotel Accommodation Information
Valerie Sievers MSN, RN, CNS, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist
For more than 15 years,Ms. Sievers worked as the statewide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Project Director and in 2004 moved the position, funding, and education to Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. As a Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist, Val provides advanced education to healthcare professionals regarding an evidence based approach and appropriate collection of forensic evidence from adult, adolescents, and children affected by abuse and violence. Val has more than 30 years of experience as a registered nurse with extensive practice in the arena of emergency and trauma services as well as critical care nursing. She is currently certified in emergency nursing as well as both adult and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner. Val's professional affiliations include:
In 1995, Val and emergency nurse colleagues developed the first SANE program in Colorado at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. Since 1995, SANE programs have been developed in more than 15 Colorado communities. Val continues to provide forensic healthcare to adolescents and children at Safe Passage, the Children's Advocacy Center of the Pike's Peak Region.
For course information, contact Val Sievers at 719.255.3585.
Megan Lechner, MSN, RN, CNS, SANE-A, SANE-P
Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist
Ms. Lechner is currently practicing as a Forensic Nurse Examiner with both Memorial Health System, in Colorado Springs, and Safe Passage, the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Pike’s Peak Region. As a Forensic Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ms. Lechner provides advanced education to healthcare professionals regarding the care for and collection of forensic evidence from adult, adolescent and child survivors of sexual and physical abuse.
Ms. Lechner has more than 12 years of experience as a registered nurse with extensive experience in intensive care and forensic nursing, as well as experience with clinical research and education. She is certified as an adult-adolescent and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner. Ms. Lechner’s professional affiliations include the International Association of Forensic Nurses and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
To learn more about Forensic Nursing in Colorado including existing SANE and Forensic Nursing programs, quarterly newsletters, and the SANE Community Development Manual, visit the Forensic Nursing in Colorado page.
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