- Comprehensive Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program
- Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Clinical Skills Lab Training Program
- Medical Response to Sexual Assault Patients: Best Practice Training for Medical Professionals
- Colorado SANE/SAFE Project Preceptorship Program
- New SART Series Trainings
- Past SART Series Trainings
- Technical Assistance
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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.
Our primary purpose is to provide statewide SANE/SAFE education, clinical training, and technical assistance to all 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.
By using both web-based and live training we will be able to assist SANE and other medical professionals in maintaining the skills necessary to care for sexually assaulted patients and to maintain sustainable programs.
2018 Project Offerings:
- Technical assistance via phone or email consultation and postings on our website.
- A 64-hour SANE/SAFE Adult, Adolescent, and Pediatric Didactic Training, which can be free of charge for Colorado providers and military personnel practicing in Colorado. Please note that any notice of public censure or discipline against an individual license will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Simulation lab training in the CADETS simulation lab at Memorial Hospital, using highly-skilled and experienced Forensic Nurse Examiners, as well as live Gynecological Teaching Associates (GTAs).
- Medical Response to Sexual Assault Patients: Best Practice Training for Medical Professionals.
- Two quarterly one-hour SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) series trainings available to anyone who may provide services to those affected by sexual assault.
- A preceptorship program for Colorado SANE trained RNs affiliated with a SANE program in Colorado.
- Colorado Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Protocol (2016) Based on feedback from CBI, the Colorado State Evidence Collection Protocol has changed in the following ways: when using swabs for collection purposes, we will now be using two swabs instead of four. The increased sensitivity of current testing methods show that using two swabs provides a more concentrated sample for which to test. We will no longer be collecting head hair and pubic hair standards.
- Colorado Suspect Evidence Collection Protocol (2016)
- Consent Form
- Spanish Consent Form
- Anonymous Consent Form
- Spanish Anonymous Consent Form
- Kit Incident Form
- Starting Wednesday, August 9, 2017, House Bill 1322 regarding mandatory reporting for intimate partner violence went into effect. Please download the following documents to review the law and synopsis: House Bill 1322 and Synopsis. This law only pertains to those over the age of 18 and under the age of 69.
An algorithm was developed for Colorado which allows medical providers to understand their reporting options in the state of Colorado. Adult patients have the three following options:
- Full law enforcement report
- Medical report
- Anonymous report
The algorithm is available for download: Reporting Algorithm
Additionally, a short (30-minute) training video outlining each of the reporting options is available to help alleviate any confusion regarding reporting options in Colorado: Reporting Options video
Upcoming training opportunities
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.
Online Comprehensive Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Training available on the following dates in 2017:
- January 11 – March 7 (register by February 7)
- March 14 – May 9 (register by April 9)
- May 16 – July 4 (register by June 4)
- July 11 – August 29 (register by July 29)
- September 5 – October 31 (register by September 30)
- November 7 – December 31 (register by November 30)
Cost: Free of charge for Colorado providers and military personnel practicing in Colorado. Please note that any notice of public censure or discipline against an individual license will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
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. Registrations 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 that 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.
- January 18, 19
- April 12, 13
- June 14, 15
- August 20, 21
- October 25, 26
- December 6, 7
The Colorado SANE/SAFE Project is offering a Medical Response to Sexual Assault Patients training for medical providers in areas where SANE programs do not exist to cover evidence collection and special considerations for non-SAFE trained practitioners when caring for the sexually assaulted patient.
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 health care in Colorado. Please note that any notice of public censure or discipline against an individual license will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Affiliated with a program in Colorado
- Have had SANE/SAFE training and can provide a certificate of completion
- MMRx2 vaccine or titer
- Negative TB test in last 365 days
- Varicella vaccine or titer
- HepB Series, titer or waiver
- Flu vaccine (during flu season)
- Copy of valid driver’s license
- Copy of current BLS or ACLS certification
- All of these items must stay current during your time at Memorial Hospital. It is your responsibility to ensure that if any of the above expires during your time with us, you must update them immediately or you will not be able to continue with us.
- Completed Clinical Skills training through the Colorado SANE/SAFE Project
- Updated resume or CV
- Signed Letter of Agreement
- Completed registration form
Only a small number of nurses 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.
***If you are an out-of-state SANE who is interested in precepting, please contact Megan Lechner (email@example.com) for information about the out-of-state preceptorship program.***
5. New SART Series Trainings
Twice quarterly, a new SART Series training becomes available through the Colorado SANE/SAFE Project. These training sessions are broad-reaching to meet the needs of those who respond to sexual assault in Colorado. The target audience includes healthcare providers, law enforcement, first responders, advocates, prosecutors, and defenders. Each SART Series training is about an hour in length and is pre-recorded and available upon registration.
CBI and Evidence Collection for the Sexual Assault
6. Past SART Series Trainings
Continuing Education Units Available:
- SAVE (Sexual Assault Victim Emergency) Fund – Flyer
- The Lethality of Pediatric Strangulation – Flyer
- Anonymous Reporting: Implications for Medical and Law Enforcement Professionals in Colorado –
- Documenting Injury for Victims of Violence – Flyer
- Care of the Transgender Patient – Flyer
- Consenting the Mentally Ill Patient – Flyer
- The Psychology Behind Why Victims Return to Their Abusers – Flyer
- Assessing Lethality: Understanding the Danger Assessment Tool in IPV – Flyer
- Sex Offenders: Knowledge can assist SANEs in providing support to victims and assist in assessing and promoting safety – Flyer
- Providing Expert Testimony – Flyer
Continuing Education Units Not Available or Pending:
- House Bill 15-1220 for College Campus Health Clinic Employees – Flyer
- Medical Forensic Exams for Sexual Assault Victims, Understanding the Benefits and Limitations – Flyer
- Strangulation for First Responders – Flyer
- Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault: An Educated Response – Flyer
7. Technical Assistance
The Colorado SANE/SAFE Project offers 24/7 technical assistance throughout the state of Colorado by phone and for less urgent needs, by email. Any SANE program or healthcare provider can contact the Forensic Nurse Examiner’s Program at Memorial Hospital-UCHealth by calling (719)-365-8333. To reach the Colorado SANE/SAFE Project trainer by email, please email your questions and inquiries to Andi Greco at firstname.lastname@example.org or Elizabeth Rupprecht at email@example.com or call 719-365-8371.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
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
Tribal Forensic Healthcare
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 SAFE 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 by clicking here. There is no legislation 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, the performance of specific tasks, the knowledge and understanding of the topic, and the personal characteristics necessary for a job. In nursing, competency is determined at the local (clinical) level.
Megan Lechner RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
After-hours technical assistance: 719-365-8333
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