Beginning in January of 2013, through a competitive grant offered
through the Division of Criminal Justice, UCHealth's Memorial Hospital assumed responsibility for the
Colorado state SANE/SAFE Project. This project was previously
administered through the University of Colorado at Colorado
Our primary purpose is to provide statewide SANE/SAFE education,
clinical training, and technical assistance to all of the
programs in the State of Colorado based on the International
Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) SANE Education Guidelines.
Because not all communities have access or support for SANE/SAFE
programs, the project will also train health facilities and
providers without SANE programs. Additionally, training of
multidisciplinary Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) members
We believe that through the use of web based and live
training we will be able to assist SANE and other medical
professionals in maintaining the skills necessary to care for the
sexually assaulted patient, and run sustainable programs.
The Colorado SANE/SAFE Project offers 64 hours of adult, adolescent and pediatric SANE/SAFE training adhering to the IAFN educational guidelines for best national practices in caring for the sexually assaulted patient. The format for the Comprehensive SAFE training is online and can be accessed from any computer that has high-speed internet access. The entire training is done online without requiring any travel from those that are enrolled in the program.
The Colorado SANE/SAFE Project will be offering 64 hours of adult, adolescent and pediatric SANE/SAFE training adhering to the IAFN educational guidelines for best national practices in caring for the sexually assaulted patient.
Online Comprehensive Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Training available on the following dates in 2016:
2. Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Clinical Skills Lab Training Program
The Colorado SANE/SAFE Project offers the following schedule of live two-day SAFE clinical skills laboratories for nurses having completed the Sexual Assault Nurse/Forensic Examiner didactic training program. Space is very limited for the two-day clinical skills lab, and enrollment is done on a first come, first serve basis. Registration will be accepted through the registration deadline or until the course fills up. If the course you wish to attend is full, you can place your name on a waitlist and if there is a cancellation, you will be contacted in the order your name is listed. If you wish to be added to another course date, you will need to register for that date. Your name will not be automatically moved to the next course date in the event that there is no cancellation for your preferred date. The nurse wishing to complete this training would choose one of the dates listed.
Download: SAFE Clinical Skills Lab Training Program
2016 Clinical Skills Lab Dates:
- February 25-26, 2016
- April 28-29, 2016
- July 18-19. 2016
- October 24-25, 2016
***Due to numerous last minute cancellations, we will be enacting a $100.00 deposit policy in 2016. If notice is not given within 30 days of the course date, you may be charged. Payment information will be collected upon registration.***
The Colorado SANE/SAFE Project is now offering a precepting program with the Memorial Hospital-University of Colorado Health Forensic Nurses Examiners program. Nurses wishing to precept with the forensic nurses must meet the following criteria:
- Have a valid and unencumbered Colorado nursing license/ practicing military healthcare practicing in Colorado
- Have had SANE/SAFE training and can provide a certificate of completion
- Completed Clinical Skills training through the Colorado SANE/SAFE Project
- Signed Letter of Agreement
- Completed registration form
- Affiliated with a program in Colorado
There are a small number of nurses that will be accepted into the precepting program through the Colorado SANE/SAFE Project, so any incomplete paperwork or not having completed the required criteria will automatically cause your application to be rejected.
Anonymous Reporting: Implications for Medical and Law Enforcement Professionals in Colorado.
Download the flyer
- Education on the updates to the Colorado Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Protocol (flyer)
- SAVE Fund (flyer)
- The Lethality of Pediatric Strangulation (flyer)
The Colorado SANE/SAFE Project offers 24/7 technical assistance throughout the state of Colorado by phone and for less emergent needs, by email. Any SANE program or healthcare provider can contact our the Forensic Nurse Examiner’s program at Memorial Hospital: University of Colorado Health by calling (719)-365-8333. To reach the Colorado SANE/SAFE Project trainer by email, you can email your questions to email@example.com
Registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, and physician assistants who serve American Indian/ Alaska Native patients are invited to join the Tribal Forensic Healthcare for a variety of free trainings to learn the elements of conducting comprehensive medical forensic examinations. More details are on the attached flyers or at TribalForensicHealthCare.org
Starting July 1, 2015, Colorado Bureau of Investigation Forensic Services will offer forensic toxicology, alcohol and drug testing services for Denver, Pueblo, Grand Junction and the Northern Region Forensic Laboratories. Information can be found online at CBI’s website or by calling the Laboratory Directors of the following labs:
(970)356-4015 ex. 3638
Division of Criminal Justice, Colorado
International Association of Forensic Nurses
Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance Project (SAFEta)
Forensic Health Online
National Indigenous Women's Resource Center
SANE: A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is a
Registered Nurse who has been trained in the comprehensive care
of the sexually assaulted patient, has the ability to conduct a
medical/forensic examination with or without evidence collection,
and is capable of testifying as an expert witness in a legal
proceeding. The SANE may care for the adult/adolescent
population, the pediatric population, or both.
SAFE: A Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner is a
Registered Nurse or advanced practice provider such as a
physician assistant, physician or Nurse Practitioner who has been
trained in the comprehensive care of the sexually assaulted
patient, has the ability to conduct a medical/forensic
examination with or without evidence collection, and is capable
of testifying as an expert witness in a legal proceeding. The
SANE may care for the adult/adolescent population, the pediatric
population, or both.
The only difference between SANE and SAFE is that SANE only
refers to nursing as the provider, SAFE may be nursing or other
properly trained advanced practice providers.
SANE-A: Is the IAFN nationally recognized
certification credentials when the appropriately trained SANE has
successfully passed the adult/adolescent certification
SANE-P: Is the IAFN nationally recognized
certification credentials when the appropriately trained SANE has
successfully passed the pediatric certification examination.
Certification: Is through the International
Association of Forensic Nursing (IAFN). Information on
certification can be found at http://www.forensicnurses.org/?page=certification. There is no legislatively or otherwise mandated Colorado certification requirements.
Competency: is broadly defined as a person's
ability or capacity to do a job. It applies to many
professionals, and involves physical abilities or skills,
performance of specific tasks, knowledge and understanding of the
topic and the personal characteristics necessary for a job. In
nursing, competency is determined at the local (clinical) level.