Articles from January 2015

Conference at the BCA April 24, 2015

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“Shining the Light on Evidence: Reality and Myth” at the St Paul BCA on April 24, 2015.

Speakers from the BCA and Law Enforcement will speak to the many ways evidence impacts Sexual Assault Cases.  Paul Schnell, Maplewood Chief of Police, will provide the Keynote focusing on the importance of collaboration “Better Case Outcomes: As simple (and difficult) as stronger connections”.


Info will be available soon regarding registration.  This conference will be of interest to SANEs, Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Advocates, and others who serve victims of sexual assault.  $50 ($40 for MN IAFN Members), includes lunch and break refreshments

February 26, 2015 MN IAFN Education


Improving our Response to Adolescent and Teen Victims
of Sexual Assault and Sexual Exploitation

Laurel Edinburgh, MSN, CNP
Midwest Children’s Resource Center   St Paul, MN

2 CEU’s, $10 member, $15 non-members, Free for Advocates
February 26, 2015
6:30-8:30 PM
Regions Hospital Lindell Room

Please RSVP


We encounter youth who have experienced sexual assault and/or who may be at risk for sexual exploitation. Learn how to identify these youth and the services available for them.

Words matter. Laurel will discuss ways to promote resiliency in youth during our interactions and to build on their strengths. She will discuss the benefits of trauma informed approaches and the importance of follow up that leads to lifetime health benefits. Come and learn from a leader in the field and to join in the discussion. 

Regions Hospital (640 Jackson St, St Paul, MN 55101), Lindell Room, located in the Emergency Medicine Offices on the 2nd Floor, around the corner from the Overlook Cafe.  Follow signs posted.

Forensic Conference

Conference is in Kansas City, MO
Sponsored by St Luke’s Health System
For more information, call Saint Luke’s Concierge at 816-932-5100

2015 Presentations Include:


SANE IAFN Clinical Skills Lab


IAFN Clinical Skills Lab Training

Have you taken the 40 hour SANE* course (SANE A or SANE P) but still need experience performing medical forensic exams for adult/adolescent sexual assault patients?  If so, this 16 hour IAFN Clinical Skills Lab February 20 and 21 is for you.

This 16 hour Clinical Skills Lab will provide the nurse hands on Sexual Assault Examination training with live models.  The Skills lab includes training and practice on pelvic speculum insertion, interviewing, evidence collection and handling, and photography.  The Skills Lab will provide training and practice with developing a plan of care, discharge/safety planning, and risk assessment for STI’s, pregnancy, and HIV with discussions regarding options for prophylaxis of each.  Anoscopy will also be demonstrated.

This Clinical Skills Lab is designed to provide clinical practice to nurses who are new SANEs or SANEs who have not had the opportunity to perform many exams.  The Skills Lab will increase the nurse’s skill and confidence with performing medical forensic examination of the sexual assault patient.

For more info contact Ellen Johnson, Supervisor of the Regions Hospital SANE program.  Ellen can be contacted through email or by phone,, 651-254-1611.  Registration info is attached.

Clinical Skills Lab Flyer  Clinical Skills Lab Registration

Clinical Skills Lab location

Regions Hospital

640 Jackson St

St Paul, MN 55101

Cost $450

16 CEU’s

*Any nurse who has attended a SANE course (either SANE-A or SANE-P) may attend the skills lab.  However, the Skills Lab focuses on the adult and adolescent patient.  Most of the concepts in the Skills Lab will also be pertinent to pediatric patients (evidence collection, handling, photography, and more).  The skills stations would have material relevant to the adolescent patient, but may not be relevant to the pediatric patient.

SANE A Training

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Course
 January 12-16, 2015 

Unity Hospital
Unity Education Building
620 Osborne Rd NE
Fridley, MN 55432
763 236-4172 (Karine Zakroczymski’s office)

SANE Course Co-Coordinators/Program Planners
Ellen Johnson, RN, SANE-A, CEN, CPEN Regions Hospital, SANE Program Supervisor
Karine Zakroczymski, RN, BSN, SANE-A Unity Hospital SANE Program Manager

This 40 hour, 5 day course is designed to give the nurse basic knowledge
of the role of the SANE nurse.
SANE Training Brochure