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St. Croix Valley SART to host Clinical Skills Lab 6 Hour Course

July 1, 2017

Nursing Medical/Forensic Training for SANE Clinical Skills Lab includes the following curriculum. This curriculum meets the Educational Standards of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

The clinical preceptorship is designed to complement the classroom educational experience and allow the SANE to apply information and skills obtained during the classroom experience. The required clinical experience is in addition to the 40-hour didactic course. The following clinical education content identifies the framework for the SANE who cares for the adult/adolescent sexual assault patient population.  As with the didactic portion of training, the clinical competencies are grounded in the nursing process of assessment, diagnosis, outcomes/planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Key Target Didactic Competencies:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of the established plan of care regarding confidentiality and modify or adapt as able based on changes in data collected throughout the nursing process
  2. Demonstrate the necessary knowledge to explain medical screening procedures and options to adult and adolescent patient populations
  3. Explain the rationale for history taking and demonstrate effective history-taking skills
  4. Prepare the adolescent and adult for the anogenital examination
  5. Differentiate normal anogenital anatomy from normal variants and abnormal findings
  6. Demonstrate the following visualization techniques:
    1. Labial separation
    2. Labial traction
    3. Hymenal assessment (urinary catheter, fox swab/”comfort tip” applicators, etc.)
    4. Speculum assessment of the vagina and cervix
  7. Demonstrate proper collection of evidence (dependent on local practice), including:
    1. Anal swabs and smear
    2. Vaginal swabs and smear
    3. Cervical swabs and smear
  8. Demonstrate the ability to modify evidence collection techniques based on the patient’s age, developmental/cognitive level, and tolerance
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of consent, storage, confidentiality, and the appropriate release and use of photographs taken during the medical-forensic examination
  10. Demonstrate the ability to obtain overall, orientation, close-up, and close-up with scale medicolegal photographs that provide a true and accurate reflection of the subject matter
  11. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of the established plan of care and modify or adapt care based on changes in data collected throughout the nursing process
  12. Implement critical thinking processes based on relevant assessment data when prioritizing the implementation of crisis intervention strategies in adult and adolescent patients following sexual violence

Presenters Include:

Melissa Vesperman, RN, BSN, SANE-A

Courtney Bouthilet, RN, BSN, SANE-A

Jodi Bazille, RN

Lori Thompson, MSN, APN, CPNP, AFN-BC


Jane Vander Meer, RN, APNP

Julie Baisa, RN, BSN, SANE-A


St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team is the organization  providing nursing contact hours in a joint provider agreement with Wisconsin Department of Justice of joint provider organization.

This continuing education activity has been submitted for Wisconsin Nurses Association approval,  an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


For more information on educational activities or to register for this event, please email Courtney Bouthilet, Forensic Nurse Educator at courtney@stcroixvalleysart.org