MN IAFN Chapter Education Event – HIV Prophylaxis and Access to HIV Medications

Combined Education and 2017 Elections Event

One of the biggest challenges for SANEs can be HIV nPEP and figuring
out how to get the medications for their patients.
Chuck Howland, Pharmacist will be giving a presentation on
HIV Prophylaxis and Access to HIV Medications
at our November 10, 2016 Education Event.

Please consider becoming a MN IAFN Chapter Board member
We will be electing a Secretary/Treasurer and President Elect for 2017
The candidates will be presented at this meeting

If you are interested or have questions please email 

November 10, 2016
6:30-8:30 pm


Unity Education Building
620 Osborne Rd NE
Fridley, MN 55432

6:30-7:30 pm Dinner, Social Hour and 2017 Election Information

  • Dinner and wine will be provided
  • Introduce candidates for open Board positions
  • Voting begins November 15, 2016

7:30-8:30 Education

  • HIV Prophylaxis and Access to HIV Medications  
  • Chuck Howland Lead Pharmacist Walgreen’s Pharmacy – Uptown
  • 1 CEU

One Day Trauma -Informed Practices Conference


Registration and more information 

2 Education Opportunities on Sexual Exploitation


Human Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation

The MN ACEP has a new 7 module series on sexual exploitation
2 modules presented by Pam DeWitt-Meza RN, SANE A, SANE P
“Immediate Resources After Identification”
“Tips, Pitfalls and Landmines”
2 modules presented by Amy Stoesz MD – Regions SANE Program Medical Director
“The Patient Encounter” and “Legal Tips”


 “Red Light Green Light”

Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.
St. Anthony Park Library
St Paul, MN

As nations around the globe attempt to fight sex trafficking,
many consider legalizing prostitution.
Two filmmakers travel across ten countries to explore the issue,
attempting to answer the question:
“How can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in
the first place?” Though governments are getting better at
prosecuting traffickers and providing aftercare to victims,
it is time we begin to ask the question of what lies at the root.



IAFN Clinical Skills Lab Training


Have you taken the 40 hour SANE course but still need experience performing medical forensic exams for adult/adolescent sexual assault patients?  If so, this 16 hour IAFN Clinical Skills Lab November 5 and 6, 2016 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, anoscopy, 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.  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 adult and adolescent 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 information

Clinical Skills Lab Flyer

Clinical Skills Lab location
Regions Hospital Simulation Center, 7th Floor
640 Jackson St
St Paul, MN 55101

Cost $500

16 CEU’s

Skills Lab Dates/times: Saturday and Sunday- November 5 and 6, 0800-1700.

Limited scholarships for this training may be available through the Office for Victims of Crime for SANEs who work directly with crime victims.  Awards will be made based on need, to applicants whose organizations have insufficient funds to support their participation.  Please visit the OVC TTAC Web site to print out the application.   (Mail it, or email it, or fax it by October 1, but do not apply online because the official deadline is 60 days prior to the course.  OVC has made a special exception for us for this skills lab.) When filling out the application emphasize your experience working with crime victims.  This experience can be in your regular positions or volunteer work.

If scholarships are awarded participants could be reimbursed for expenses up to $1000.  SANEs should not wait for a response to their scholarship application to register and pay for the course since it will likely be filled by then

Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault – September 8, 2016

Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault – Don’t miss this opportunity to learn
about current drugs that are being used to facilitate sexual assault
and patterns of symptoms that can indicate intoxication with specific substances.

September 8, 2016
6:30-8:30 pm
Regions Hospital
640 Jackson St
St Paul, MN 55101
Room  C 2000

2 CEUs     RSVP
Free for MN IAFN Chapter members
$10 for non-members
No charge for advocates

Parking vouchers available 

Dr. Michael Kinnan did his Residency at Regions Hospital and Fellowship in Medical Toxicology at Regions Hospital and HCMC. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kinnan is currently working in the Buffalo ED and is a Physician Toxicology Consultant for the Minnesota Regional Poison Control Center.

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Upcoming SANE-A Trainings!

Upcoming SANE-A Trainings!
Two different opportunities to get your 40-hour SANE-A Training

Saint Paul, MN
September 19-23, 2016
Registration requires a $200 refundable placeholder fee
and a $100 food fee for breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided
throughout the week.
Registrants who complete the entire training will be refunded
their $200 placeholder fee.
Registration closes August 5th.
Space is limited to 25 nurses with priority given to nurses
practicing in southern MN and the Twin Cities Metro area.

For the Saint Paul training, register here!
Email Linda Walther with any questions.
St Paul training info

Duluth, MN
October 13-14 & 19-21, 2016
Training cost is $350, which includes the cost of lunch and snacks.
An additional day of clinical skills training is included in the cost.

Contact Em Westerlund, SANE Program Coordinator at PAVSA,
with questions and for financial assistance provided by MNCASA.
So, register early! For the Duluth training, register here!  Duluth Flyer
218-726-1442 x24

Join us for one of these important training opportunities!
40 CEUs are available for both trainings
Content Coordinators:
Linda Walther, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P & Ellen Johnson, RN, SANE-A, CEN, CPEN

SANE Training Flyer – please share with anyone interested in attending a SANE training!

IAFN Conference Scholarships available

first time

For the first time ever – the Minnesota IAFN Chapter will award three $500 scholarships to forensic nurses from Minnesota to attend the annual
International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice 

September 29 – October 2, 2016 In Denver Colorado

Who May Apply? All Forensic Nurses in Minnesota.
One scholarship will be awarded to a forensic nurse going to the annual conference for the first time. Minnesota IAFN Chapter members will be given priority for two of the scholarships.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by July 11, 2016

The three scholarship awardees will be notified by July 18, 2016 (in time for the early registration fee)

The scholarships will be given  to the awardees after a copy of the conference registration fee is submitted to

If you are interested in applying please fill out the application form 

Questions? email 

May 10, 2016 Education Opportunity

Dr Joan Kreider OB/GYN will be the guest speaker at the Regions SANE staff meeting on

Tuesday May 10 1730-1930.

Her presentation focuses on normal and abnormal vulvar anatomy.  She will also show slides with physical findings of infectious processes.

This will be a great opportunity.

Please email Ellen Johnson if you would like to attend this  meeting

There will be 2 CEU’s available

Room- C2000 which is very close to the parking office.

Parking Vouchers will be available

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May 12, 2016 MN IAFN Chapter Education


Evaluating a Research Article

May 12, 2016
Regions Hospital Conference Room C 2000
6:30 – 8:30 PM

2 CEUs   Free to MN IAFN members and $10 for non-members

Have you ever read a research article and wondered if it was valid and could be used to inform your practice? Come and learn from an expert researcher, Dr. Carolyn Porta.


  1. Identify two reasons for critiquing a scientific article to inform practice.
  2. Distinguish criteria for critiquing articles based on study design (quantitative, qualitative, mixed method, intervention, review).
  3. Describe strategies to efficiently use research to inform evidence-based SANE practice.



After registering for this educational opportunity you will receive three articles and two critique guidelines to read ahead of the event. Read the critique guidelines and then the articles. Take notes considering the articles strengths and weaknesses. Carolyn will take us through the information in our time together. Continue Reading »

Amazing Education and Skills Lab Opportunity

Wisconsin Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses

13th Annual Helen Kelly Forensic Conference

May 18th & 19th, 2016

Landmark Resort, Egg Harbor, WI


8-4:30 pm with Continental Breakfast from 7-8 am.

Cost – one of two days for $50 or both days for $85

To register, please direct the nurses to and then click on Educational Opportunities.

Day 1

Judith Munaker, JD  Help Keep Victims Safe—Understanding the Crime, Trauma & Best Practices in working with victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Elder Abuse & Child Maltreatment.

Va Yang & Pangkau Vang– Hmong American Women’s Association (HAWA) Gender Based Violence in the Hmong Communities


Instructed by:  Aurora Health Care Forensic Nursing Leaders

Skills Stations  Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault, Anoscopy, Mock SANE Exam, Toluidine Blue Dye, Evidence Collection

Detailed agenda 

The conference is open to all disciplinary members of forensic care.