SANE/SART News Fall 2013

The Kansas SANE/SART Newsletter shares news about upcoming trainings, information, and updates regarding forensic nursing, SARTs, networking possibilities, and a program highlight. Our goal is to support and enhance the great programs that already exist and help create new programs. Each newsletter will highlight a SANE or SART program, so please let us know about your program. You can send your information, ideas, and suggestions for future newsletters to Laurie Harrison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 785-232-9784.

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In This Issue

40-Hour SANE/SART Adult Adolescent Course
Program Highlight
Revised National Protocol released
Updated Education Guidelines released
NIJ Toolkit for Practitioners
KS SANE List Serve
IAFN Kansas Chapter
Upcoming Trainings & Events

40-Hour SANE/SART Adult-Adolescent Course

KCSDV held its Fall 40-Hour Adult-Adolescent SANE/SART Course from September 30-October 4, 2013 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Twenty-one participants attended the course, including 16 nurses, one physician, and four advocates. Participants came from Garden City, Hutchinson, Kansas City, Lawrence, Manhattan, Pittsburg, Salina, Topeka, and Wichita. Attendees included representatives from hospital SANE programs, state government agencies, the military, and community-based advocacy programs.

This week KCSDV is hosting the Rural 40-Hour SANE/SART Course in Hays. The course covers the same content as KCSDV’s 40-Hour Adult-Adolescent SANE/SART training. The event is co-sponsored by the following community-based advocacy programs: The Crisis Center of Dodge City; Family Crisis Services in Garden City; Family Crisis Center in Great Bend; Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services in Hays; and Liberal Area Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Services.


Program Highlight

University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas
Sarah Evans-Simpson, RN, SANE Coordinator

The University of Kansas Hospital SANE program in Kansas City, Kansas started in 2009 after three nurses saw the need to help patients in their community who presented to the emergency department after being sexually assaulted. They started collaborating with Via Christi Hospital in Wichita and attended their SANE course. After the three nurses developed relationships with the District Attorney in Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas police department, and with a small budget and a few grants for equipment purchases, the SANE program began.

Currently the emergency department-based SANE program serves about 50 patients a month and just this year was able to hire its first SANE program coordinator, Sarah Evans-Simpson, RN. Evans-Simpson has worked in the emergency department at University of Kansas Hospital for five years and has been performing SANE exams since 2009. She says that the program benefits from substantial administrative support provided by the hospital. Additionally, two nurses attended KCSDV’s 40-hour Adult-Adolescent SANE/SART course in October and five additional nurses are interested in getting trained. There is one certified nurse on staff currently, and Evans-Simpson expects that to increase in the future.

The program participates in both Sexual Assault Response Teams located in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri and attends their monthly and bi-monthly meetings.


Revised National Protocol released

Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Justice released the second edition of the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations for Adults/Adolescents, nine years after its initial release. The protocol is a voluntary best practices guide to conducting sexual assault medical forensic examinations. The protocol has been updated to reflect current technology and practice, as well as to include additional information reflecting changes from the Violence Against Women Act of 2005.

The revision also includes important improvements regarding victim-centered care and expanded information on topics such as drug and alcohol facilitated sexual assault, pregnancy, confidentiality, and alternative reporting procedures.

SAFEta is the national technical assistance provider for implementing the protocol. You can send SAFEta questions via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 1-877-819-SART or visit its website to download the protocol and supporting documents.


Updated Education Guidelines released

The International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) released an updated set of SANE education guidelines in October, which is an expanded version of its guidelines released in 2008. The guidelines are provided to help the sexual assault nurse examiner meet the medicolegal needs of those who have been affected by sexual violence, including individual patients, families, communities, and systems.

A free, downloadable PDF version of the guidelines can be found on the IAFN website. The 40-Hour SANE/SART courses KCSDV organizes follow these guidelines.


Evaluating the Work of SANE Programs in the Criminal Justice System: A toolkit for practitioners

Earlier this year the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) released a toolkit staff members can use to evaluate how their SANE program affects the prosecution of sexual assault cases in their community. A group of researchers at Michigan State University received funding from the National Institute of Justice (the research, development, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice) to develop the toolkit.

The user-friendly toolkit walks practitioners through a six-step evaluative process. It also offers ideas for using the findings to improve practice and enhance a program’s positive impact on the reporting, investigation, and prosecution of sexual assault cases.

If you don’t have time to read through the entire toolkit, check out this NIJ feature article about it.


Kansas SANE List Serve

The Kansas SANE list serve is a forum for SANEs in Kansas to share information, resources, best practices, generate ideas and network on issues related to forensic nursing, sexual violence, Sexual Assault Nurse/Forensic Examiners and their programs. It also seeks to promote a collaborative learning environment within the state.

The list is moderated, meaning that when you send a message to the list it will first be reviewed by a moderator before being forwarded to the list. Laurie Harrison at KCSDV is the moderator for the Kansas SANE list serve and she does her best to ensure that content is appropriate, unnecessary emails are avoided, and the list guidelines are being followed. While moderators try to keep up with posts and forward them to the list as quickly as possible, please be patient if there is a delay.

To join the Kansas SANE list serve, contact Laurie Harrison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


IAFN Kansas Chapter

The IAFN Sunflower Chapter has been renamed the IAFN Kansas Chapter. The IAFN Kansas Chapter meets quarterly in various locations across Kansas. Members can receive continuing education credits for presentations provided at chapter meetings. Other member benefits include discounted registration fees to local chapter events and national IAFN memberships, opportunities for leadership roles within forensic nursing, networking opportunities with other SANEs in Kansas, and many more.

Visit the IAFN Kansas Chapter's Facebook page for more information.


Upcoming Trainings & Events

UMKC SANE Training



March 8, 2014 - 8:00am-5:00pm
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing



Information about future trainings will be posted at Please check periodically for details and registration information, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 785-232-9784.



Kansas Coalition Against
Sexual And Domestic Violence

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Sexual Assault Resource Service

International Association of Forensic Nurses

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