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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
Information, Rules & Application
North Carolina nurses completing North Carolina SANE training:
North Carolina registered nurses who wish to become certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) are required to successfully complete a SANE education/training program composed of 40 didactic hours and 40 to 60 clinical hours before being able to practice in North Carolina. A certificate of completion (not certification) is issued by the program and must be retained by the SANE as evidence of meeting education and clinical practice requirements. Education/training must be based on the national recommendations of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).
Voluntary SANE Certification, if desired, can be obtained through IAFN’s Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification which currently offers professional credentials as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A®) or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Pediatric (SANE-P®).
SANE nurses out of practice for two or more years:
SANE nurses who have not practiced for two or more years must complete a new 80 to 100 hour didactic/clinical SANE course. The course and training must be based on the national recommendations of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). Approved North Carolina courses/programs are listed under: Program Listings.
SANE nurses practicing in another state and relocating to NC:
Experienced SANE registered nurses, currently licensed in NC, who have completed SANE training and practiced in another state within the past three years or less must:
- Complete a 16 hour modified SANE didactic curriculum focusing on NC specifics such as the evidence collection kit, NC legislation, and current state forensic practices as an alternative to the full 40 hour didactic course; and,
- Complete an 8 to 10 hour modified SANE clinical curriculum in which their clinical examination competence is validated and they are familiarized with key NC community programs and partners to ensure adequate knowledge of local resources and programs needed to coordinate effective patient discharge plans.
All education/training must be based on the national recommendations of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.