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A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is a qualified registered nurse that performs forensic examinations

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A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is a qualified registered nurse that performs forensicexaminations on victims of sexual assault and molestation. Sane nurses are required to completespecialized training to provide compassionate, non-judgmental, care in a timely manner. Duringan examination SANE nurses are responsible for obtaining, preserving and storing evidence thatcould be later used for legal purposes (2020). In order to become a SANE there are educationalrequirements that extend past the nurse licensure. Registered Nurses are required to have been inpractice for at least 2 years and completeonline didactic courses. Next, they may sign up for apreceptorship in which they develop key clinical skills under a certified SANE professional(2020). Another option to become a SANE is by completing a master’s degree or PhD in forensicnursing.I am currently not a nurse, but I would consider being a SANE nurse after graduation andgaining clinical experience. Being a SANE requires a set of unique skills that allow them to carefor a vulnerable group of patients. It requires the nurse to have compassion and make the patientfeel that they’re in a "safe space". I want to a nurse that cares and advocates for my patientswhen they are unable to do so for themselves, as well as be a patient confidant.The challenging part of being a SANE nurse is having to put your own feelings aside while stillmaintaining compassion for patients. There is also the risk of secondary trauma or psychologicalconsequences as a result of their exposure to victims' traumatic experiences. (Sexual AssaultNurse Examiner2021). However, there are coping mechanisms for SANE that can be helpful.

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