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SANE-A Program- Online Course

For those unable to attend on-site SANE courses due to time constraints or scheduling conflicts, a grant funded online course is now available.  

The course provides learners with the necessary knowledge and resources to develop a clinical knowledge base when caring for patients of sexual violence. 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.

For more information on the online course including a course syllabus, visit the Sigma Theta Tau Marketplace.

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2019 HELP SARA Grant Yearly Review

 In 2019, we made great strides toward improving the quality of services and care for victims of sexual assault throughout our region. Thanks to funding from the HELP SARA grant, we were able to secure telehealth equipment for local clinics and hospitals and train local/regional nurses to become certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. For more information, click the link below.  

2019 HELP SARA Grant


ETSU College of Nursing professor becomes Northeast TN’s only certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

mccooksanestoryJOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — In the entire eight-county region of Northeast Tennessee, only one nurse is certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A).

According to a release from East Tennessee State University, Dr. Judy McCook is a professor in ETSU’s College of Nursing, and she recently earned her SANE-A certification.

McCook will use her new certification to provide exams and care on campus for patients, while also providing SANE education and training for those wanting to follow in her footsteps.

With the help of a grant the college of nursing received last year, the college will obtain an innovative educational model for SANE teaching purposes. The university hopes to certify at least 21 SANE nurses in three years through the grant.

A conference entitled How Forensic Care Helps Survivors of Human Violence” will be hosted by ETSU on August 8 and 9 at the Carnegie Hotel to further SANE training. It will feature internationally renowned forensic nursing expert Dr. Patrick Speck, who will speak on human trafficking and trauma-informed care.

In an effort to help more victims, the College of Nursing at ETSU will be using a $1.4 million grant to train more nurses over the course of three years. “We have a grant that we are working in the eight counties of Northeast Tennessee and one of the criteria for the grant is that we train sexual assault nurse examiners: both adolescent adults as well as pediatrics,” Dr. McCook said.

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