Become a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

Washington State needs more trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. This is even more true in rural areas where access to this specialized type of patient care can support victims’ recovery from the traumatic experience of sexual assault in often under-resourced rural communities. If you are a Washington RN who has thought about SANE training, WCN is offering a practicum fellowship opportunity for training this fall.

“According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in three women and one in four men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact during their lifetimes. The effects of experiencing an assault can be both physical and psychological, necessitating specialized care that embodies the concept of cura personalis, or care for the entire person. This holistic attention to the entire individual is the expertise of clinicians like nurses.

SANE education programs are designed to train nurses to address survivors’ specific needs. After completion of this training, SANEs become uniquely qualified to treat this vulnerable patient group. This means that they can provide trauma-informed care to minimize the harm of invasive exams that may trigger a patient. In doing so, they can also equip their patients with forensic evidence that can be used if they decide to report their assault.” Georgetown University School of Nursing

The application period for the 2024 cohort closed on August 7, 2023. To receive a notification when we open the 2025 application period next summer, email WCN Program and Support Associate Frank Kohel at

  • Interested nurses apply through the SANE Fellows application form (link):
  • The WCN will contact applicants for a brief interview and determine acceptance into the program.
  • Participants are required to attend:
    • SANE Fellowship Orientation on Aug 28, 2023, from 5 to 6 pm (Mountain Standard Time)
    • Bias & Mental Health in SANE Training on Sep 11, 2023, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm (Mountain Standard Time)
  • Fellows will sign a contract with the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence and acknowledge roles and responsibilities for funding received.
  • Once accepted into the program, Fellows are to sign up for an International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) membership (this will be reimbursed and provided with an IAFN didactic discount): Students are reimbursed for didactic training upon presentation of a certificate of completion. For IAFN Didactic training, they have a choice between 41-hour Adult or 43-hour Pediatric. IAFN Does not offer a 64-hour course. Students can do both IAFN courses for a total of 84 hours. They will be reimbursed $800 for this.
  • Fellows will get money for the Clinical Skills lab upfront (located in Idaho—see below), to help with travel, however, if they don’t attend, they will owe that money back to the Colorado Center ($2500).
  • There is an additional Web-based interactive Training in Bias and Resiliency by the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence. They receive $100 per class they attend. Up to $600. We anticipate access to this training will be in January 2024.
  • Clinical Skills Lab located in Idaho: (students should check availability for skills lab options. Didactic must be completed beforehand)

IDAHO Skills Lab:

September 15 & 16

October 20 & 21

November 3 & 4

November 17 & 18

Note: The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence will provide a student with a $2500 stipend before completion to help with travel. The student can use this money for whatever they need. If the student does not complete the CSL training for any reason, the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence will require reimbursement of the $2500 stipend by the student.

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