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 Comprehensive Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certification Requirements

  • Attendance of all six days of didactic/clinical program.
  • Completion of four hours observation of criminal courtroom trial proceedings.
  • Completion of three sexual assault medical/forensic examinations with evidence collection under the preceptorship of a certified SANE or MD in the adolescent/adult population.
  • After two years of practice, passing the International Association of Forensic Nurse SANE-A Certification Examination.
  • Adhering to the currency of practice recommendations of the NH SANE Program.
  • Completion of a minimum of five sexual assault evidence collection kits on adolescent/adult sexual assault survivors every two years.

State of New Hampshire SANE Pediatric Certification Requirements

  • Completion of all above expectations.
  • Completion of pediatric preceptorship of 25 well-child exams.
  • Completion of a minimum of ten acute sexual assault evaluations on child sexual assault survivors every two years.
  • Completion of a minimum of eight continuing education hours pertaining to sexual assault every two years if caring for adolescent/adult survivors.
  • Completion of a minimum of sixteen hours continuing education pertaining to child sexual assault, eight of which must be case review, every two years if caring for child survivors.


The SANE Program provides comprehensive 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 form:

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

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