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Advanced Topics SANE Conference September 14, 2018

All Day Advanced Topics SANE Conference
September 14, 2018
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

$50 for MN IAFN members
$60 for non-members

Mercy Hospital- Unity Campus  (Friday Conference)
550 Osborne Road
Fridley, MN 55432

Topics include:

  • In-depth look at HIV and hepatitis B&C
  • Deep dive into the medications we offer our sexually assaulted patients, including antibiotics, HIV PEP, and emergency contraception
  • STI testing and treatment in the elderly, adolescent, and vulnerable adult populations
  • Difficult speculum exams
  • Case studies
  • 8 Contact Hours (We will apply for ANCC contact hours)

Our regular Education Event will be held on September 13, 1800-2030 with an interesting case study and networking event for the 1st
30 minutes (with food!). Hopefully this will further entice those traveling from outside the Twin Cities.   2 ANCC Contact Hours

Mercy Hospital-Unity Campus Education Building (Thursday Education Event)
620 Osborne Road
Fridley, MN 55432

***Total of 10 Contact Hours will be available for if you attend the conference and the education event the night before!

More info coming soon!

Make a selection
Early Bird ends July 31, 2018

May 10, 2018 MN IAFN Education Event

The medical forensic exam is over – what is next for your patient?

Dr. Cindy Crandall is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma.
She will discuss treatment options for survivors of sexual violence, like EMDR and CBT.
She also will share what she has learned from survivors about their experiences with
SANEs and law enforcement. There will be time for discussion and questions.

May 10, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm

Regions Hospital
Parking Vouchers available

2 CEUs
Free for members
$1o non-members


Education Event will be recorded and available by request at

Dr. Cindy Crandall is a Clinical Psychologist in Saint Louis Park.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Drake University
and her Doctorate of Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.
She has worked in community mental health clinics, a federal prison, Park Nicollet,
and Hennepin County Medical Center.  She has been in private practice now for
13 years specializing in the treatment of trauma.

CEUs available

Did you miss the January Education Event?
You can view Abby’s presentation about her journey from victim to survivor and
her work on the new sexual assault legislation.

The presentation is available by clicking on January 11, 2018 Education (2nd tab on the menu bar)
Email for the password and CEU certificate.

March 8, 2018 MN IAFN Education Event

March 8, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Case Review – SANEs from several programs will present their cases.
This event will be an opportunity to learn and share with other SANEs

Regions Hospital
640 Jackson St, St Paul, MN 55101
Room C 2000


Free Parking vouchers available

Snacks and beverages provided

Meet the 2018 MN IAFN Board

MN IAFN Board of Directors 2018
Amy Schmitz 
Amy Schmitz RN, BSN, PHN
Amy has worked for the Allina Forensic Nursing Program for 6 years and HCMC SARS program, 4 years.  She currently holds a permanent position with the Allina Forensic Program as the Lead Nurse for the program. Most of her background is worked in Emergency Nursing for 9 years, ICU for 1 year at Allina Health.  Amy’s goals for 2018 is to grow her skills within the Forensic Nursing Field and make every effort to form a relationship with Forensic Nurses in the State of Minnesota to work together to make the care we provide our patients the best it can be!
President Elect
Alisha Blazevic
Alisha Blazevic, RN, SANE-A
Alisha believes every person presenting for care after a sexual assault deserves the expertise and compassion of seeing a SANE. She has practiced SANE nursing for over ten years and is currently the Lead SANE for PAVSA, the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault in Duluth. Alisha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and has worked as a Registered Nurse for 16 years. She is excited to continue the growth of SANE knowledge and practice not only in the Duluth region but throughout Minnesota.
Immediate Past President
Ellen Johnson 
Ellen Johnson RN is a certified SANE-A, CEN, CPEN nurse.  She has been with the Regions Hospital SANE Program since it began in 2002, and it’s Supervisor since 2005.  She has been an ER nurse since 1976, and has worked at Regions for 30 years.  Ellen is very interested in providing education for SANEs as well as our community partners and the public.
Barb Kern-Pieh
I have an alphabet soup following my name on my professional signature!  I received my B.S. degree in Family Life and Health, followed by RN, Then MSN as a CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife).   I practiced in Women’s health and Midwifery for many years.  During that time I have been honored to be a teacher to many of the SANE’s in training – on the art and science of speculum use. In 2004 I began to provide direct care as a SANE.  In  2010 I became the Clinical Care Supervisor of the Sexual Assault Program at HCMC.  In 2015 I retired so that I could expand my clinical practice into Advanced Forensic Nursing with the Allina Program, and I work with the Child Advocacy Center -“CornerHouse”.   CornerHouse is the Multidisciplinary agency providing services to children, adolescents,  and developmentally disabled adults, who may have been victims or witness to violence.  I also continue to be a provider at a local adolescent clinic and Minnesota now credentials us as “Advanced Practice Registered Nurse” – APRN. I was the first Treasurer for MNIAFN, and am pleased to join the leadership team again as Secretary-Treasurer.  Welcome to the alphabet! Barbara Kern-Pieh
Education Director
Linda Walther
 Linda has been a SANE at the Hennepin SARS program since 2007 and in 2015 started working with the Regions SANE program as well.  She is both SANE-A and SANE-P certified.  Linda currently has a grant funded position with MNCASA as the Lead SANE consultant for the Medical Forensic Exam Access Project, where she has additional opportunities to reach out to nurses and hospitals throughout the state and improve their care of sexual assault victims.

2018 Education Event and Annual Meeting

January 11, 2018

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Annual Business Meeting
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Abby will talk about her journey from victim to survivor.
Abby will also talk about her work on sexual assault legislation.


Regions Hospital
640 Jackson St, St Paul, MN 55101
Room C 2000

Free Parking vouchers available

Dinner and beverages provided

1.5 CEUs

Free to MN IAFN Members and advocates
$10 for non-members – pay now with our secure PayPal
account or pay by check at the event. If you don’t have a
PayPal account you can pay by credit card.

Clinical Skills Labs in 2018

Course Dates: Saturday and Sunday 0730-1630

February 17 and 18, 2018
April 28 and 29, 2018
September 29 and 30, 2018

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 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, obtaining a medicolegal history, 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.

This offering has been approved for 16.0 nursing continuing education contact hours. The International Association of Forensic Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Course Location
Regions Hospital  Simulation Center, 7th Floor, Central Building
640 Jackson St  St Paul, MN 55101

Program Contact
Ellen Johnson, RN, SANE-A, CEN SANE Program Supervisor

Regions Hospital
Mail Stop 11901A
640 Jackson St

Registration form

Clinical Skills Training Scholarships

Limited scholarships for this training may be available through the Office for Victims of Crime. Grant applicants must document their work with victims for at least a year.  This can be work with victims in your regular roles or as a volunteer.  Most of the new SANEs who participate in a skills lab do not have a year as a SANE so you must document other work with victims and the benefit that victims will receive by the nurse attending the skills lab.  Awards will be made based on need, to applicants whose organizations have insufficient funds to support their participation.

Please visit the OVC TTAC Website to apply:   Scholarship applications must be received 60 days before the event.

Prerequisite:  The nurse must have attended a 40-hour SANE course prior to attending the Clinical Skills Lab.  This could either be a SANE-A course or SANE-P course, although the skills lab focuses on the adult and adolescent patient.  You must be a licensed RN.

MN IAFN Member in the news

Journal of Forensic Nursing® Author Feature

Dr. Carolyn Porta is primary author of the article titled *Sexual Violence Among College Students: An Examination of Individual and Institutional Level Factors Associated With Perpetration *published in the July/September 2017 issue of the Journal of Forensic Nursing. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for JFN

November MN IAFN Education Event

November 9, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 pm

Unity Education Building
620 Osborne Rd NE
Fridley, MN 55432


6:30-7:00 pm Dinner, Social Hour and 2017 Board Election Information

  • Dinner and wine will be provided
  • Introduce candidates for open Board positions
  • Voting begins November 15, 2017

7:00-8:30 Education

  • Laurel Edinburgh and the new Regional Navigator will give us an update on sexual exploitation, the role of the regional navigator,  resources, and SAFE Harbor. There will be plenty of time to ask questions.
  • 1.5 CEUs will be provided

Update on Emergency Contraception and STIs

Did you miss the MN IAFN Chapter Education Event – Update on Emergency Contraception and STIs? 

No problem! You can now view the 2 hour presentation by Kelsey Lessard DNP, APRN, CNP and receive 2 ANNC approved Contact Hours*

The Webinar is free for MN IAFN Members – email to request the password to access the webinar, the handouts and Contact Hours certificate.

Not a member?  You can pay $10.00 with PayPal link.
When you are finished paying click Return To Merchant
watch the webinar and then email to obtain the Contact Hour Certificate.


*ANCC contact hours are great for SANE certification renewal – from the IAFN Certification Renewal Handbook –  Six contact hours for SANE certification renewal must be provided by an accredited/approved continuing nursing education provider.