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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

Join our SANE team and offer compassionate medical forensic care to victims of sexual assault. The next SANE training will be held in February 2018. For more information and registration, visit:

February 5-9, 2018 – 8 am – 5 pm (Monday – Friday)

Registration Fee: $250

Send a $100 deposit to PAVSA (Attn: Em Westerlund, 32 E 1st St #200, Duluth, MN 55802) to hold your spot. The remaining $150 will be due upon arrival at the training February 5, 2018.

Fee includes the training, flash drive with reference materials and handouts, lunches, and snacks. All handouts will be available online a week before the training to download and print or bring on a laptop.

Register online

Registration Deadline: January 31, 2018

Contact:  Em Westerlund at (218) 726-1442 or

Location:  Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) – 3rd Floor Training Room
202 East Superior Street, Duluth, Minnesota, 55802

Accommodations:  Sheraton Inn and Suites
301 East Superior Street, Duluth, Minnesota, 55802
$129 per night + tax; when reserving ask for “PAVSA February Training” room block rate
Parking:   Historic Arts and Theater Ramp
125 East Superior Street, Duluth, Minnesota, 55802
Daily rate:  $8


  • To become a SANE you must have a Registered Nursing (RN) license and two years of clinical practice
  • The SANE training provides the minimum course hours necessary to meet the SANE training eligibility requirements to apply to sit for the Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification examinations
  • The SANE Training is designed as a basic course for those new to the specialized area of caring for sexual assault patients in the role of sexual assault nurse examiner
  • The 40 hour Adult/Adolescent Didactic SANE Training is designed to provide the adult/adolescent SANE with the foundational knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to provide holistic, comprehensive care to adult and adolescent sexual assault patient populations
  • Components of the 40 hour didactic training include:
    • Overview of Forensic Nursing and Sexual Violence
    • Victim Responses and Crisis Intervention
    • Collaboration with Community Agencies
    • Medicolegal History Taking
    • Observing and Assessing Physical Examination Findings
    • Medicolegal Specimen Collection
    • Medicolegal Photography
    • Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing and Prophylaxis
    • Pregnancy Testing and Prophylaxis
    • Medicolegal Documentation
    • Discharge and Follow-Up Planning
    • Legal Considerations and Judicial Proceedings

Core Content Providers:

  • Alisha Blazevic RN, SANE-A
    Lead SANE, PAVSA
  • Linda Walther RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
    Regions SANE Program, SARS, MNCASA SANE Consultant
  • Ellen Johnson RN, SANE-A, CEN, CPEN
    SANE Program Supervisor Regions SANE Program

Partial credit will not be awarded. A certificate of completion will be provided upon successful completion of the training. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Emergency Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


If an applicant withdraws registration prior to Friday, February 2nd, 2018 the registration fee, less a $50.00 handling charge, will be refunded.  NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE AFTER THE TRAINING HAS STARTED.

IAFN Clinical Skills Lab:

Have you taken the 40 hour SANE course but still need experience performing medical forensic exams for adult/adolescent sexual assault patients?  If so, this 16 hour IAFN Clinical Skills Lab is for you.

This 16 hour Clinical Skills Lab will provide the nurse hands on Sexual Assault Examination training with live models.  The Skills lab includes training and practice on pelvic speculum insertion, obtaining a medicolegal history, evidence collection and handling, anoscopy, and photography.  The Skills Lab will provide training and practice with developing a plan of care, discharge/safety planning, and risk assessment for STI’s, pregnancy, and HIV with discussions regarding options for prophylaxis of each.  This Clinical Skills Lab is designed to provide clinical practice to nurses who are new SANEs or SANEs who have not had the opportunity to perform many exams.  The Skills Lab will increase the nurse’s skill and confidence with performing medical forensic examination of the adult and adolescent sexual assault patient.

Contacts for Skills Lab Information:
Ellen Johnson
Em Westerlund

Volunteer Advocacy

PAVSA views volunteerism as a reciprocal relationship. As you help us meet our goals, we strive to help you meet yours. Volunteers do so much for PAVSA that it is impossible to measure – thank you to all those involved over time. If you are interested in volunteering with PAVSA and the effort to end sexual violence, check out our Employment Opportunities Page.


PAVSA offers excellent internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Interns can be involved in many of our programs based on their interests and availability. These opportunities include, but are not limited to: crisis line and hospital advocacy, support groups, outreach groups, community education, legal advocacy, youth advocacy, and organizing events and awareness campaigns.

For more information, see our Employment Opportunities Page

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