Gathering physical evidence of sexual assault or abuse in the ER takes specialized training.
A bill introduced recently in Olympia would authorize the WSU College of Nursing to offer that training to nurses in rural and under-served areas in Eastern Washington.
Forensic nurse examiners need to know how to collect and preserve evidence for possible future legal action while treating the victim sensitively. The training program is called SANE, for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, and it typically involves 40 hours of class instruction plus hands-on clinical skills training.
“It’s been harder to get SANE training in Eastern Washington than it has in Western Washington, even … » More …