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Colorado State SANE/SAFE Project

Colorado SANE.SAFE Project  

State of Colorado Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner / Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SANE/SAFE) Project

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 Springs.

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 will occur.

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.

2015 project offerings:

  • Technical assistance via phone or email consultation and postings on our web site
  • A 64-hour SANE/SAFE Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric didactic training, free of charge to properly licensed Colorado providers and properly licensed military personnel practicing in Colorado.
  • Simulation lab trainings in the CADETS simulation lab at Memorial, using highly skilled and experienced Forensic Nurse Examiners as well as live Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTAs).
  • A preceptorship program for Colorado SANE trained RNs affiliated with a SANE program in Colorado.

Colorado SAFE/SANE Project News

It is with great pride that the Colorado SANE/SAFE Project announces the release of the updated Colorado Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Protocol. The protocol was revised over the last two years by healthcare professionals, in concert with other disciplines who are a part of the multidisciplinary response to sexual assault in Colorado.

This updated protocol was modeled after national best practices with patient centered, trauma-informed care in mind.  The purpose is to assist providers with the consistent and complete collection of the sexual assault evidence collection kit, which is one part of a comprehensive medical forensic response to sexual assault patients. 

Releasing this protocol in April has special significance as it coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness month.  It is our sincere hope that this revised protocol will be a well-utilized resource that will maximize the continuity of care for patients who have experienced sexual assault.  

The protocol addresses both consent forms.  In addition, the Colorado SANE/SAFE Project website will be hosting free online trainings.  We plan to have the first training, addressing the new protocol, up in a week or two.  We plan to have an additional training addressing the anonymous reporting option (designed to educate medical professionals as well as law enforcement) up soon after. 

Feel free to download and share this protocol with your community partners.  Find also the updated consent form for law enforcement and medical reports as well as the new anonymous consent form.  Please keep in mind and educate your fellow healthcare providers that only one consent form should be utilized for each kit that is opened.  There is never a situation where both consent forms would be appropriate for one patient.

We hope you find that the updated protocol becomes a resource for you in your practice.  A sincere thank you for all that you do for patients in Colorado.


Upcoming training opportunities

1. Comprehensive Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program

Space is limited, so please register early. If the course you wish to attend is full, your name can be placed on a waitlist and you will be contacted if there are any cancelations. Contact Shay Ramirez at (719) 365-8345 or Shamaree.ramirez@uchealth.org for cancellation.

Download the program flyer

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.

2015 offerings

Online Comprehensive Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Training available on the following dates in 2015:

  • April 5 - June 1
  • June 7 - Aug. 1 
  • Aug. 2 - Sept. 26
  • Sept. 27 - Nov. 21


Register Now

Download: Colorado SANE Registration

Email the completed registration form to Shay at Shamaree.Ramirez@UCHealth.org or fax to Shay at 719-365-6101.

Cost: Free to properly licensed healthcare providers and military personnel practicing in Colorado.

  • $400 for properly licensed out of state RNs
  • $500 for properly licensed out of state physicians

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

2015 Clinical Skills Lab Dates:

  • June 25/26 2015 This class is full.
  • Sept. 24/25 2015
  • Nov. 19/20

The cost for the Clinical Skills Training Lab for all Colorado licensed participants is $300. Payment must be received at time of registration. There will be no refunds unless class is cancelled due to low enrollment.

Space is limited and registration is only accepted for the first 8 registrants.  

Register Now

Download: SANE/SAFE Clinical Skills Registration Form

Email the completed registration form to Shay at Shamaree.Ramirez@UCHealth.org or fax to Shay at 719-365-6101.

3. Colorado SANE/SAFE Project Preceptorship Program

The Colorado SANE/SAFE Project is now offering a precepting program with the Memorial Hospital-University of Colorado Health Forensic Nurses 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
  • 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 (please read this letter carefully before signing as it outlines all of the legal obligations of both Memorial Hospital and the precepting nurse.)
  • 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.

What does the Precepting Program Look Like?

The nurse that will precept through the Forensic Nurse Examiner's Program will be required to commit to three (3) twelve (12) hour shifts (generally 11 p.m. to 11 a.m.) and will be expected to perform exams on all patient populations. These may include and not be limited to: sexual assault (both adult and pediatric), elder abuse, intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect, strangulation and patients presenting with various other types of violence.

In the event that there are not any patients available, your responsibilities may include and not be limited to:

  • Case reviews
  • CDC modules
  • ACE videos
  • Scenarios
  • Equipment review and demonstrations
Register now

Download: SANE/SAFE preceptor registration form

4. SART Series

Coming soon:

Education on the updates to the Colorado Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Protocol 

5. Past SART Series Trainings:

Coming Soon: 

  • SAVE Fund (Download flyer and registration)
  • The Lethality of Pediatric Strangulation (Download flyer and registration)

6. Other Trainings:


Please check back for updates:

 

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

 Resources

Division of Criminal Justice, Colorado 
dcj.state.co.us/ovp/

International Association of Forensic Nurses
 
iafn.org/

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance Project (SAFEta)
 
safeta.org/

Forensic Health Online 
www.forensichealth.com/

National Indigenous Women's Resource Center 
www.niwrc.org/ ​

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Definitions

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 examination.

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://iafn.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=4. 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.

Project Staff

Shay Ramirez
Project Manager
shamaree.ramirez@uchealth.org
719-365-8345

Kim Nash, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
SANE Trainer
kim.nash.co@gmail.com
 
Megan Lechner RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Project Director
Megan.lechner@uchealth.org
719-365-8544 
 


 

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