Apply For Certification

Medical professionals in Oregon who have completed a 40-hour didactic adult/adolescent Sexual Assault Examiner/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training, including that provided by the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, are eligible to become Oregon SAE/SANE certified upon completion of a clinical and non-clinical preceptorship. Please note: there is no state certification for pediatric SAE/SANEs at this time.

NOTE: THERE IS A $100 FEE PAYABLE TO THE OREGON SANE CERTIFICATION COMMISSION FOR CERTIFICATION.

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Certification Application Process:

General Requirements for Initial Certification:

The Oregon Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)/Sexual Assault Examiner (SAE) Certification Commission (SCC) has established certification requirements to ensure that licensed health care providers in Oregon have the necessary training and qualifications to provide medical forensic care that meets the highest standards using a victim-centered approach. The following is a list of general requirements for initial certification.

  • Hold a current unrestricted RN, NP, PA, MD, or DO license in Oregon.
  • Have two years of nursing or clinical experience.
  • Maintain an average of 16 hours per month of relevant active clinical patient care practice.
  • Complete a 40-hour didactic adult/adolescent SANE/SAE training that meets the National Training Standards for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations set by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).
  • Complete all non-clinical certification requirements, including meeting with law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office, an advocacy organization, and the crime lab, as well as doing court observation.
  • Complete ten pelvic speculum exams and be able to demonstrate competency.
  • Observe one sexual assault medical forensic exam by an experienced SANE/SAE.
  • Complete three sexual assault medical forensic exams with increasing independence, de-identified and submitted on the Oregon SA Medical Forensic Exam Form 2016.
  • Complete one critique and self-reflection for each sexual assault medical forensic exam demonstrating self-awareness and improving skills.

Please consult the SANE/SAE Certification Instructions and SANE/SAE Certification Application for more information on the requirements for certification.

The Commission meets quarterly (March, June, September, and December) to review applications. To be considered, applications must be submitted in full two weeks prior to the meeting. Within one week of the meeting, you will receive feedback from the Commission in an e-mail from the Oregon SANE/SAE Coordinator. The Coordinator acts as a liaison to the Commission only and does not vote.

Meeting dates are below and are also sent out through the SANE dis-list. If you would like to be added to the SANE dis-list, please e-mail SANE@oregonsatf.org.

 

2017 Commission meeting dates:

March 7

June 6

September 5

December 5

Note: There is a $100 fee payable to the Oregon SANE Certification Commission for certification.

Common application errors

  • Sending in exams on facility-specific forms. The Oregon SA Medical Forensic Exam Form 2016 is the only form the Commission will review. This is to ensure all applicants are evaluated equally. The exam form also follows current best practice.
  • Leaving blanks. Exam forms should be filled out in their entirety. If a patient declined or was unable to answer a question, make a note to this effect. The Commission cannot fully evaluate an applicant if they cannot tell if a question was addressed… nor can a SANE/SAE testify to blank areas on a chart if the case goes to court!
  • Not sending in or not completing Page 15, HIV Risk Assessment/Treatment/Follow Up and Referrals. These are important areas for the Commission to assess in determining your competency to practice. Medication names and dosages should be included. If medications were indicated but not given, a note should indicate why (patient declined, up-to-date on vaccines, etc).
  • Sending in additional paperwork or additional charts. The Commission will only review the first three exams you send in and they will only review the Oregon SA Medical Forensic Exam Form 2016. Extra exams will be shredded. Other medical records, MARs, and/or photographs will be shredded.

Applying for Out-of-State Certification

SANE/SAEs who have been practicing in a state other than Oregon are welcome to apply for state certification.

Application Process:

General Requirements for Out-of-State Certification:

The Oregon Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)/Sexual Assault Examiner (SAE) Certification Commission has established certification requirements to ensure that licensed health care providers in Oregon have the necessary training and qualifications to provide medical forensic care that meets the highest standards using a victim-centered approach.

  • Hold a current unrestricted RN, NP, PA, MD, or DO license in Oregon.
  • Have two years of nursing or clinical experience.
  • Maintain an average of 16 hours per month of relevant active clinical patient care practice.
  • Complete a 40-hour didactic adult/adolescent SANE/SAE training that meets the National Training Standards for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations set by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).
  • Complete all non-clinical certification requirements, including meeting with law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office, an advocacy organization, and the crime lab, as well as doing court observation.
  • Complete at least 15 speculum exams within the past three years and every three years thereafter.
  • Submit three past sexual assault medical forensic exams that have been transferred onto the Oregon SA Medical Forensic Exam Form 2016 or complete three sexual assault medical forensic exams in Oregon with access to a preceptor.
  • Complete one critique and self-reflection on transitioning SANE/SAE practice to Oregon.
  • If you have practiced as a SANE/SAE for 3+ years, complete at least 25 contact hours of relevant clinical or non-clinical continuing education (CE) within the past three years and every three years thereafter.
  • You are encouraged to include information about all related continuing education you have participated in. However, please note that there are maximums that can be applied to the requirements in each category. Please make sure that you have enough across categories to meet the full requirements.

Please consult the Out-of-State SANE/ SAE Certification Instructions and Out-of-State SANE/SAE Certification Application for more information on the requirements for certification for SANE/SAEs with experience outside of Oregon.

The Commission meets quarterly (March, June, September, December) to review applications. To be considered, applications must be submitted in full two weeks prior to the meeting. Within one week of the meeting, you will receive feedback from the Commission in an e-mail from the Oregon SANE/SAE Coordinator. The Coordinator acts as a liaison to the Commission only and does not vote.

If you have questions on certification, please contact the Oregon SANE/SAE Program Coordinator at SANE@oregonsatf.org or 503-990-6541.