Sexual Assault Victims: Role of the Nurse

The purpose of this course is to educate nurses on best practices in caring for sexual assault victims. This course is designed for nurse clinicians and nurses caring for sexual assault victims to enhance their knowledge of procedures and approaches with regards to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner or SANE that can minimize trauma, promote healing, and enhance the likelihood that perpetrators can be brought to justice.

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Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the scope of the problem related to sexual assault and its reporting in the United States.
  2. State the role or roles of nurses caring for sexual assault victims.
  3. Summarize the role and education of a sexual assault nurse examiner.
  4. Name the components that sexual assault evidence collection kits must contain at a minimum.
  5. Discuss the risks for pregnancy, HIV contraction, and STD prevention as well as prevention when possible following sexual assault.
  6. Recall ways the nurse can create a therapeutic milieu for a sexual assault survivor.


Chapter 1: Introduction/Scope of the Problem and Nurse’s Role

  • What is SANE
  • Sexual Assault Victims Seeking Care
  • Role of the Nurse

Chapter 2: Evidence Collection Best Practices

  • Consideration of Evidence Collected
  • Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kits
  • Evidence Collection

Chapter 3: Pregnancy, HIV and STD Prevention

  • Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention
  • Pregnancy Prevention
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention

Chapter 4: Therapeutic Communication with the Sexual Assault Victim

  • Providing for Pressing Issues
  • Addressing Comfort Needs

Chapter 5: Case Scenarios – Sexual Assault Victims: Role of the Nurse

  • Case Scenario #1
  • Case Scenario #2

Chapter 6: Conclusion and References

Price: $12.00

Contact Hour: 1

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HTRSD is a provider of continuing education training focused on human trafficking and other social disparities for health care providers, as well as courses that address nurses' health and well-being and under-served topics in advanced critical care.

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