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Spanish Speaking Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner


Forensic Nursing


The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) provides compassionate, medical care to patients who experience interpersonal violence. Nursing care may include injury documentation, evidence collection, prophylaxis for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, referrals for appropriate medical and psychological follow-up, strangulation assessment, and professional testimony to support legal proceedings. For a full job description, please click here.


Employment Requirements

  • Possess excellent physical assessment skills, critical thinking, professional judgment, and empathy.

  • Completion of the New Mexico Statewide SANE classroom training or equivalent.

  • Successful completion of clinical components as defined in the Orientation and Precept Policy “So You Want to Become an Albuquerque SANE.”

  • Commitment to work a minimum of three 12-hour on-call shifts per month, one of which must be night, with submission of six available shifts, two of which must be nights.

  • Availability to take call 1 to 2 holidays per calendar year.

  • When on-call, the expectation is to respond to pages within 5 minutes and be on-site within 60 minutes of the call.

  • Attendance at monthly staff meetings.

Ability to pass a criminal background check


  • Current New Mexico Registered Nurse Licensure

  • 3 years minimum RN experience preferred

  • Current BLS-certified

  • Individual malpractice insurance (1,000,000/3,000,000)


Job Openings and Responsibilities

  • Triage patient to determine the appropriate level of needed care; conduct Medical Screening Exam.

  • Answer the Spanish patient line on an as-needed basis.

  • Coordinate and advocate compassionate victim-centered care among the diverse agencies that co-respond to patients who have experienced violence.

  • Perform and document the medical-forensic exam and interview, accurately and completely.

  • Perform a complete physical examination to include:

  • Head-to-toe assessment for trauma

  • Detailed genital examination.

  • Documentation of injuries, both descriptive and photographic

  • Collection of forensic specimens and maintenance of Chain of Custody in accordance with current standards

  • Maintain patient and medical record confidentiality.

  • Maintain no conflict of interest.

  • Administer prophylactic medications to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

  • Coordinate referrals for appropriate medical, psychological, and legal follow-up as needed.

  • Support and assist with Crime Victim Reparation Commission compensation claims.

  • Coordinate with attorneys during legal proceedings, as needed.

  • Participate in quality assurance activities, such as monthly meetings, at least one chart review per month, and an annual evaluation.

  • Maintain a safe clinical environment: equipment in proper working condition, stocking supplies, reporting problems in a timely manner, and ensuring safety for self, patients, advocates, and co-workers.

  • Compliant with mandatory reporting statutes for child sexual abuse and elder abuse.

  • Obtain and maintain clinical, procedural, and equipment competencies.

  • Participate in case reviews; conduct a minimum of one chart review per month.

  • Attend monthly staff meetings, the third Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30.

  • Adhere to the personnel policies and procedures.

  • Exercise fiscal responsibility of the SANE unit and resources.


If you are interested, send your resume to and we’ll get back to you.



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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner


Forensic Nursing


A forensic nurse is a Registered or Advanced Practice Nurse who has advanced education and training in the specialized care of patients who are experiencing violence. Forensic nurses work in a variety of fields, including sexual assault (as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners or SANEs), domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, elder mistreatment, death investigation, etc. For more information about careers, educational opportunities, and the certification process for forensic nursing, visit the website for the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) at


SANE Programs and SANE Training in New Mexico

The New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs ( supports eleven SANE Programs in New Mexico. Many of the NM SANE programs also serve victims of domestic violence and/or child sexual abuse. The Coalition also provides the 40-hour New Mexico SANE training twice a year, usually in the Spring and Fall. This training meets the national standards outlined by the US Department of Justice in their National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations (Google it – it’s a great resource for someone interested in becoming a SANE!)


Job Openings at Albuquerque SANE

If you are interested in becoming a SANE in the future, and if you can balance the requirements of the initial training and a part-time job in addition to your other work, home and life commitments, you are invited to send an email expressing your interest to Please attach your most current resume.


Individuals interested in working for Albuquerque SANE need to meet minimum qualifications:

  • A current RN licensure to practice in New Mexico

  • BLS certification

  • At least 3 years nursing experience

  • You are required to have individual malpractice insurance (1,000,000/3,000,000)

  • Be able to pass a criminal background check


We ask our nurses to work a minimum of three 12-hour on-call shifts per month one of which must be night shift; at least one holiday per calendar year; an ability to respond to pages within 5 minutes and ability to be on-site within 60 minutes of the first page.


Based on our staffing needs, we interview new candidates twice a year – usually a month or two before the Coalition’s SANE Training. The initial training and precept process (equipment competency, speculum skills, shadowing and being shadowed) can take 3 to 5 months before a new nurse can practice independently and receive pay.  Not for the faint hearted but if you are interested, send your resume to and we’ll get back to you.



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Who We Are


Albuquerque SANE Collaborative serves patients who have experienced sexual and domestic violence by providing prompt, compassionate, culturally sensitive, and comprehensive medical treatment and forensic documentation by nurse experts within a coordinated community response. We are a local non-profit that aids victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking throughout central New Mexico.


Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of community members who volunteer their time for a period of three years to assist in overseeing and governing ABQ SANE’s operations. The Board is responsible for ensuring that the organization lives up to its mission statement, meets its goals, and operates in an ethical manner. Our Board Members include community activists, health practitioners, law enforcement, attorneys, and more. We are committed to having a Board that is diverse and represents the people we serve.  BIPOC and LGBTQ+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.​


Board Expectations

Albuquerque SANE treats a diverse population of individuals impacted by interpersonal violence and seeks like-minded board members who understand the sensitive nature of our work and want to actively participate as a member.  Board members can expect to make the following time commitments:

·         Two hour Board meetings every other month

·         A Term lasting 3 years

If you are unable to meet these requirements and still want to be involved in our work, please consider a monetary donation or a contribution of supplies such as new clothing, nonperishable foods, etc. Click here to view our Amazon Wish List

If you want to be involved in our Board, please send an email expressing your interest to & our current Board President, Clea Gutterson at

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