Minnesota residency program gives rural sexual assault nurse examiners real-life experience
Ellen Johnson, Regions Hospital SANE program educator, said that the residency program focuses on nurse examiners with little or no experience.
The new residency program developed by Regions Hospital’s SANE program and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing focuses on supporting nurse examiners who serve rural and Indigenous communities around the country. The residents shadow working nurse examiners as they treat patients who are seeking medical care after a sexual assault.
The SANE residency is the first of its kind in Minnesota, and one of only a few in the United States. It is coordinated through a three-year grant administered by the University of Minnesota called Strengthening Forensic Nursing. Grant funding helps to pay for participants’ transportation and lodging.
Ellen Johnson, Regions Hospital SANE program educator, said that the residency program focuses on nurse examiners with little or no experience. “Perhaps they work in an area where they are not going to see many patients every year, and it would benefit them to come to us and participate in care,” Johnson said.
Johnson said that she and her colleagues see any patient who comes to Regions in St. Paul, St. John’s in Maplewood, Woodwinds in Woodbury and Lakeview in Stillwater and would like an exam for sexual assault. “We will come and see any patient who reports being sexually assaulted within 10 days of their sexual assault. We respond and partner with advocacy organizations to support the patient.” …
October 16-20, 2023 SANE A Training Course Registration
Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Course
October 16-20, 2023 St Paul, MN
SANE A Training Course information
Hamline University – St Paul Campus
Refundable registration fee: $250
The SANE-A Course includes a flash drive with reference materials and course handouts.
All handouts will be available online at least one week before the course to
download and print or bring on a laptop. Lunch is on your own, we will have
coffee, tea, and snacks available. There are many restaurants and fast food places nearby.
Email email@example.com for information about grant funding available for mileage, hotel, and registration fee.
Core Content providers:
Linda Walther RN SANE A Regions SANE Program, MNCASA SANE Consultant
Ellen Johnson RN, SANE-A, CEN, SANE Program Supervisor Regions SANE program
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the International Association of Forensic Nurse, an accredited approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
2023 Clinical Skills Labs
Clinical Skills Lab
New sessions have been added:
Course Dates: Saturday and Sunday 0800-1700
May 20-21, 2023
June 3-4, 2023
September 16-17, 2023
November 4-5, 2023
Link for 2023 Clinical Skills Labs Registration Form
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 a medical forensic examination of adult and adolescent sexual assault patients.
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.
Regions Hospital EMS
680 Hale Ave North, Suite 230
Oakdale, MN 55128
Victims of Sexual Assault: Your Rights and Resources
The notice provided to sexual assault victims by hospitals has been updated.
The English version of the notice is available in PDF and Word formats on the Professional Resources page of the OJP website. Spanish, Somali, and Hmong versions areavailable too.
The notice to sexual assault victims was created in 2014 and updated in 2018 following a change in the law. Legislation that passed in 2020 has changed the kit testing landscape significantly, requiring another update of the notice. In particular, the new law requires the following:
- All unrestricted kits will be tested.
- All restricted kits will be sent to the BCA.
- The BCA must develop a statewide tracking system of sexual assault examination kits.
- The BCA must develop …
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