Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are registered nurses who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of the patient who has experienced sexual assault or abuse.
SANEs play a vital role in our community by providing victim-centered, trauma informed nursing care to victims of sexual assault while also collecting evidence and working with the judicial system to bring perpetrators to justice.
Palm Beach County Victim Services has a team of nine SANEs who are on call 24/7 to provide sexual assault forensic examinations to victims of sexual assault. PBC SANEs have responded to over 240 victims of sexual assault this year.
In celebration of Forensic Nurses Week 2016, PBC SANEs were recognized with a certificate of appreciation, a personalized portfolio and a SANE hand-bag during a lunch and learn event on November 10, 2016. One SANE described the event by saying, “Being appreciated and gaining invaluable education at the same time, all while brainstorming with other local SANEs–couldn’t ask for a better Forensic Nurses Week! Thank you!”