Sexual assault nurse examiners – comment

We have a SANE program at our hospital. The course is very extensive, 40 hours didactic, followed by clinical hours, including riding with the police department. The didactic component addresses the physical and emotional assessment, legal ramifications, counseling, and protocol. We have practioners and nurses on the team. Each team member is committed to 12 hours on call each week. There is a special room at the hospital dedicated to rape victims. The nurse undergoing this training must be committed to the program. Not only is she viewed as the first caregiver; she also is a voice for the client in the courtroom.

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