Sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) provide vital services to survivors of sexual assault. However, nurses need highly specialized training in order to deliver the complex combination of medical and forensic services that is the foundation of SANE practice. The Florida Council Against Sexual Violence currently offers a free, 40-hour face-to-face training for those seeking to work as SANEs in Florida. FCASV offers this in-demand training at various locations throughout Florida in order to increase access, but is currently able to offer the training only about three times each year to about 20 nurses at a time.
The time investment and associated travel expenses for a full week of face-to-face training are difficult for many healthcare facilities (and nurses themselves) to absorb. This was iimiting the number of SANEs that could be trained and had the potential to limit access to the vital services they provide to patients. FCASV needed a way to train more nurses as SANEs, but did not want to replace the face-to-face training with a completely online training because of the importance of discussion, demonstration, and hands-on practice in developing skilled SANE practitioners.
CIMES is working with FCASV to develop a blended training comprised of 16 hours of asynchronous, web-based training and 24 hours of face-to-face training. The goal of the new format is to increase access to SANE training and help ensure that every sexual assault survivor in Florida has access to a medical forensic exam performed by a SANE-trained provider.
Florida Council Against Sexual Violence