Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE)

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a Registered Nurse who has been specially trained to provide comprehensive, uninterrupted care to sexual assault survivors, including conducting the forensic collection of evidence. The goal of the SANE Program is to minimize the physical and psychological trauma to the victim and to maximize the probability of collecting and preserving the physical evidence of an assault for potential use in the legal system.

Mission of the SANE Program

  • To avoid further trauma to all sexual assault survivors in the health care environment.
  • To provide a compassionate and sensitive approach to sexual assault victims.
  • To provide timely medical/forensic examination with more complete evidence collection.
  • To provide referral for follow-up care and counseling.
  • To provide testimony as needed.

State of New Hampshire Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certification Requirements

  • Attendance at the 40 hour didactic training program. 
  • Attendance at the 8 hour clinical skills lab program. 
  • Completion is determined, according to the IAFN SANE Education Guidelines, by the evaluating clinician and the facility utilizing the SANE or by the NH SANE Coordinator. 
  • Adhering to the State of New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Rules and Regulations for Currency of Practice.

State of New Hampshire SANE Pediatric Certification Requirements

  • Attendance at the 40 hour didactic training program. 
  • Attendance at the 8 hour clinical skills lab program. 
  • Completion is determined, according to the IAFN SANE Education Guidelines, by the evaluating clinician and the facility utilizing the SANE or by the NH SANE Coordinator. 
  • Adhering to the State of New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Rules and Regulations for Currency of Practice. 
  • Completion of the Adult/Adolescent SANE training is not required to attend the Pediatric SANE training. 

The SANE Program provides training for nurses throughout the year. Click here for the training schedule. For more information on The SANE Program please email Christina Presenti or call 603-224-8893, ext. 306

Resources for SANE Nurses

Click on the link to download the following forms:

This form should be returned to the attention of:
NHCADSV
SANE Program
PO Box 353
Concord, NH 03302
They can also be faxed to (603) 228-6096

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