- July 16, 2022
- Posted by: Teresa Gallegos
Evidence Collection in the Emergency Department: Medical-Forensic Care of the Sexual Assault Patient
Audience: Hospital, Emergency Department, Health Department and Clinic Personnel, Physicians, Licensed Physician Assistants, Registered Professional Nurses, EMS Personnel, and KCSDV Member Program Advocates & staff only
KCSDV continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and will make adjustments, as necessary. Registrants will be notified of any changes. We will follow CDC KDHE and training location/county guidelines at this training to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
KCSDV is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering has been approved for contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN re-licensure.
KS State Board of Nursing Provider Number: LT0291-0914.
K.S.A. 65-448 requires physicians who are on call or on duty at medical care facilitates in Kansas to perform sexual assault evidence collection. Licensed Physician Assistants and Registered Professionals Nurses may also perform these exams, but they must be specially trained in performing sexual assault evidence collection.
This course provides specialized training on performing sexual assault evidence collection, as well as working with the sexual assault patient. This course provides an overview of the trauma-informed, victim-centered framework for working with sexual assault patients, medical screening and preparing for the sexual assault exam and evidence collection, the medical forensic exam process, strategies to identify special circumstances, mandatory reporting requirements, and review of chain of custody and evidence transfer.
Trauma-Informed, Victim Centered Framework
- Recognize how to provide a trauma-informed and victim-centered response
- Understand the effects of sexual assault trauma
- Apply the principles of trauma-informed care to medical practice
- Understand the effects of vicarious trauma and the importance of self-care
Law Requirements, Medical Screening & Preparing for the Sexual Assault Exam
- Recognize sexual violence as a healthcare issue
- Explore Kansas law applicable to sexual assault exams and evidence collection
- Review Triage, Medical Screening and providing choices to the patient
- Discuss sexual assault evidence collection time frames
- Prepare to perform evidence collection in the ED
The Medical Forensic Exam Process
- Review the process for head to toe and detailed genital examinations for males and females
- Describe how to use the Kansas Bureau of Investigation sexual assault evidence collection kit
- Discuss STI and pregnancy prophylaxis vs. testing
Special Circumstances, Discharge Planning and Post-Exam Issues
- Identify special circumstances such as non-law enforcement reported exams, drug or alcohol evidence collection, suspect examinations and pediatric examinations
- Recognize the importance of discharge and safety planning
- Review chain of custody and evidence transfer
- Discuss preparing for and delivery of court testimony
- Describe resources for starting a SANE program
Date and Time:
Friday, August 26, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (On your own)
Materials, light snacks, and coffee will be provided.
The Front Door Community Center
1615 Tenth St.
Great Bend, KS 67530
Masks are optional at this training.
In an effort to limit exposure by reducing face-to-face contact and preventing the spread of COVID-19 among people in community settings, this training will have a socially distanced seat layout and have masks available.
All approved registrants will receive the participant agenda with the course curriculum.
Registration Fee: There is no cost for this training
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Register soon, space is limited!
If you need assistance registering, contact Teresa Gallegos, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are committed to creating environments where we see our own and each other’s full humanity and everyone has the ability to thrive and fulfill their full potential in learning environments. Every effort will be made to ensure equitable access at this event.
For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please select your needs on the online registration form or contact email@example.com. Requests should be made at least 14 business days prior to the event.
Jessica Albers, MFS, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Board Certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
Statewide SANE Clinical Consultant
Jen Parson, MA
Training and Education Manager
Statewide SANE/SART Projects Coordinator
Training and Education Manager
View a short video on sexual assault exams in Kansas:
Pittsburg State University
Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing
The Advanced Nurse Education-Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) aims to provide better physical and mental health care treatments for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The grant funds will be used for recruiting, training, and certifying nurses for forensic exams and multi-disciplinary members of sexual assault victims for better evidence collection and potentially higher prosecution rates. The three-year HRSA ANE-SANE Grant was awarded to the Pittsburg State University, Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing in October 2018 to train and support nurses and organizations in rural areas of Kansas.
Disclaimer: The grants and programs are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information: HRSA.gov
Total Training Hours: 6
7 CNEs Pending approval – A certificate of completion for 7 hours of Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits will be awarded to each participant upon the completion of this training.
- August 26, 2022
8:30 am - 4:30 pm