HAYS, KS – Shaley Knickerbocker, BSN, RN recently earned board Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certifications. Knickerboacker earned the credential of SANE-A (Adult/Adolescent), and SANE-P (Pediatric). She is a part of the Sexual Assault Forensic Nursing program at HaysMed.
Credentialing is issued through the Commission for Forensic Nursing Certification. The earned credentials of SANE-A® and SANE-P® designate that the recipient has achieved the highest standards of forensic nursing for sexual assault nurse examiners. Nurse examiners become certified by meeting the eligibility requirements, which include 300 practice hours in the specialty, and achieving a passing score on the certification examination.
A forensic nurse is a nurse who provides specialized care for patients who are victims and/or perpetrators of trauma (both intentional and unintentional). Forensic Nurses are NURSES first and foremost. However, the specialized role of forensic nurses goes far beyond medical care; forensic nurses also have a specialized knowledge of the legal system and skills in injury identification, evaluation, and documentation. After attending to a patient’s immediate medical needs, a forensic nurse often collects evidence, provides medical testimony in court, and consults with legal authorities. Forensic Nurses at HaysMed conduct medical-legal examinations for victims and perpetrators of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence victims. Knickerbocker joins Jessica Albers and Trisha Haskell as having attained SANE-A and SANE-P certifications at HaysMed.
Within the state of Kansas there are currently 24 SANE-A and 12 SANE-P certified nurses. HaysMed’s Forensic Nursing program was established in 2010 and was the first forensic SANE program in western Kansas. If you are interested in joining the Forensic Nursing Program, please contact Cammie Townley firstname.lastname@example.org