Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program
What is a Medical Forensic Examiner?
Sexual assault forensic examiners perform the medical forensic exam, gather information for the medical forensic history, collect and document forensic evidence, and document pertinent physical findings from patients. They offer information, treatment, and referrals for sexually transmitted infections (STIs),and other nonacute medical concerns; assess pregnancy risk and discuss treatment options with the patient, including reproductive health services; and testify in court if needed. They coordinate with advocates to ensure patients are offered crisis intervention, support, and advocacy before, during, and after the exam process and encourage use of other victim services. They may follow up with patients for medical and forensic purposes. Other health care personnel who may be involved include, but are not limited to, emergency medical technicians, staff at hospital emergency departments, gynecologists, surgeons, private physicians, health care interpreters, and/or local, tribal, campus, or military health services personnel.
Medical/Forensic Training for Adult and Adolescent includes the following and this curriculum meets the Educational Standards of the International Association of Forensic Nurses
I. Overview of Forensic Nursing and Sexual Violence
II. Victim Responses and Crisis Intervention
III. Collaborating with Community Agencies
IV. Medicolegal History Taking
V. Observing and Assessing Physical Examination Findings
VI. Medicolegal Specimen Collection
VII. Medicolegal Photography
VIII. Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing and Prophylaxis
IX. Pregnancy Testing and Prophylaxis
X. Medicolegal Documentation
XI. Discharge and Followup Planning
XII. Courtroom Testimony and Legal Considerations
For questions concerning training registration please contact our Program Coordinator Leah Varnadoe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 266-0936. For more information about the program, please visit the website.