A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a professional registered nurse who has received specialized forensic education in order to provide comprehensive care to adult, adolescent and child victims of sexual assault. A SANE demonstrates clinical competence in the collection of forensic evidence from victims of violence and suspects, and has the ability to provide expert testimony in a court of law. SANEs work collaboratively with law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates, and community agencies. Experienced SANEs can be certified as SANE-A (adult/adolescent) or SANE-P (pediatric) following a board examination through the International Association of Forensic Nurses .
UCCS currently offers four forensic nursing courses for continuing nursing education credit: SANE, AFNE, DFSA, and SANE Practice Review.
UCCS also offers a certificate in Forensic Nursing. To learn more, visit the Forensic Nursing Certificate page.
UCCS SANE, AFNE, DFSA, and SANE Practice Review courses are 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: 01/31/2014
Qualifications for nurses to attend the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner education include:
Completion of all components of the Colorado SANE classroom curriculum as well as 90 hours of clinical experience is required.
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Evaluation and Management of the Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric Sexual Assault Patient
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. View 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.
Visit Forensic Nursing in Colorado to learn more about Forensic Nursing in Colorado including existing SANE programs, quarterly newsletters, and the SANE Community Development Manual.
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