FORENSIC NURSING

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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 www.forensicnurses.org

 

SANE Programs and SANE Training in New Mexico

The New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (www.nmcsap.org) 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 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 info@abqsane.org. 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 info@abqsane.org and we’ll get back to you.

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