This course provides learners with the necessary knowledge and resources to develop a clinical knowledge base when caring for patients of sexual violence. The goal of this course is to provide affordable, comprehensive basic SAFE Adult/Adolescent education using pedagogical science to thread nursing philosophies, theory, concepts, practice frameworks, scope and standards of practice through forensic nursing educational opportunities. The course contains 14 modules which follow the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) Educational Guidelines for didactic course work in Adolescent/Adult SANE and features subject matter experts from around the United States. In accordance with IAFN guidelines, participants have 12 weeks to complete the program.
This course satisfies the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) requirement for 40 hours of didactic coursework as one component of completing the SANE-A certification. The course provides a solid foundation for medical professionals to begin practicing as a SAFE or SANE, under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. Learners will be able to gather and utilize available research and best practices surrounding the medical forensic examination for patients affected by sexual assault.
What’s in it for me?
This course satisfies the international Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) requirement for 40 hours of didactic coursework as one component of completing the SANE-A certification. The course provides a solid foundation for medical professionals to begin practicing as a SAFE or SANE, under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. Learners will be able to gather and utilize available research and best practices surrounding the medical forensic examination for patients affected by sexual assault.
Module 1: Overview of Forensic Nursing and Sexual Violence (5.4 CNE*)
Module 2: Victim Responses and Crisis Intervention (1.7 CNE*)
- Responses and Neurophysiology of Trauma
Module 3: Collaborating with Community Agencies (3.1 CNE*)
Module 4: Medical Forensic Examination: History Taking (2.3 CNE*)
Module 5: Observing and Assessing Physical Examination Findings (7.0 CNE*)
Module 6: Medical Forensic Evaluation Specimen Collection (3.8 CNE*)
- Sexual Assault examination of the patient (victim and suspect)
Module 7: Vulnerable Populations (5.1 CNE*)
- Sexual Assault of Older Persons
- Communicating with Patients with Disabilities Experiencing Sexual Assault
- Male Sexual Assault
- Patients Unable to Consent-Incapacitation
- Sexual Assault of LGBTQ Patients
Module 8: Medical Forensic Evaluation Photography (1.6 CNE*)
Module 9: Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing & Prophylaxis (0.8 CNE*)
Module 10: Pregnancy Testing and Prophylaxis (0.5 CNE*)
Module 11: Medical Forensic Evaluation Documentation (1.2 CNE*)
Module 12: Discharge and Follow-up Planning (0.5 CNE*)
Module 13: Legal Considerations and Judicial Proceedings (2.7 CNE*)
Module 14: A Complete Medical Forensic Exam (1.7 CNE*)
Authors and Contributors
Barbra Bachmeier, JD, MSN, APRN, NP-C, DF-AFN, FAEN
Ms. Bachmeier is a nurse practitioner and forensic nurse examiner at IU Health-Methodist Hospital and a solo attorney at Guardian Ad Litem and Guardianship Practice in Indianapolis, IN. She completed her clinical ethics fellowship in 2013 at Charles W. Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics-IU Health. Her nursing career began in 1982 as a licensed practical nurse at Trinity Medical Center in Minot, ND. From there, she has worked as a staff nurse, nurse practitioner, and forensic nurse examiner with several positions being held in the emergency medicine department. In 2015, she received the National ENA Nursing Practice and Professionalism Award from the National Emergency Nurses Association. She also is retired from the US Military with 29 years of service.
Diana K. Faugno, MSN, RN, CPN, SANE-A, SANE-P, FAAFS, DF-IAFN, DF-AFN
Ms. Faugno is a leader in forensic nursing of sexual assault across the lifespan. As leader, she has served on a variety of boards, currently serving as the President of the Academy of Nursing and Treasurer and Founding Director of End Violence Against Women International. She is a prolific author, co-authoring the landmark Color Atlas of Sexual Assault (1997), and guiding the forensic nursing practices in assessment of children and adults alike with the latest being Child Sexual Abuse Assessment (STM, 2019). She lectures widely to interprofessional and multidisciplinary teams nationally and internationally on a variety of topics relating to sexual assault, injury assessment, and strangulation. As such, her multiple awards for vision (Virginia Lynch Award) and achievement span decades and include Fellow status from the American Academy of Forensic Science, Fellow from the Academy of Forensic Nursing, and Distinguished Fellow from the International Association of Forensic Nursing.
Patricia M. Speck, DNSc, ARNP, APN, FNP-BC, DF-IAFN, FAAFS, FAFN, FAAN
Dr. Speck is a Professor and Coordinator of the Advanced Forensic Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Nursing. She is internationally recognized as a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and expert in advanced forensic nursing care of patients experiencing an intersection with the legal system. She consults globally with governments, universities, institutions, and Non-Governmental Organizations to evaluate and implement infrastructure change in response to victims of violence. As a forensic nursing practice expert and active researcher, she develops policy, evaluates programs and builds nursing workforce capacity through publication, education, and violence prevention initiatives. She held a number of offices in organizations, noteworthy was President of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (2003-2004), Chair, American Public Health Association%rsquo;s Family Violence Prevention Forum/Caucus (2011-2013). She is the recipient of over 25 awards, including: Fellow American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2008), Distinguished Fellow, International Association of Forensic Nurses (2001) and Academy of Forensic Nursing (2018), and Fellow, American Academy of Nurses (2002). She is the recipient of over 25 awards and received the Lifetime Professional Impact Award from End Violence Against Women International in 2017.