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SANE Program and Grant

Duquesne School of Nursing Receives HRSA Grant for ANE-SANE Program 

The purpose of this grant is to provide advanced nurse education to increase the number of Registered Nurses (RNs), Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and Forensic Nurses (FNs) who are trained and certified as sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) in communities on a local, regional and/or state level, focusing on increasing service to rural and medically underserved areas (MUAs). As a recipient of this grant, Duquesne University School of Nursing is able to offer scholarship opportunities to nurses interested in pursuing IAFN SANE certification.

About the ANE-SANE Grant Program

There are 4 phases to prepare for the SANE certification exam, in accordance with IAFN guidelines, that this grant-funded program will provide. Acceptance into this grant-funded program requires a commitment to stay in communication with program staff regarding updates on status of both current credentials and SANE-related practice hours, as well as changes to contact information through completion of the IAFN SANE certification exam. Active participation in all phases of the program is also required.

1. Online Didactic SANE Adult/Adolescent Training Course

2. Clinical Preceptor Course administered by Expert SANE nurses (will satisfy 16 of 300 required SANE-related practice hours)

3. Mentorship Program
Upon completion of the clinical preceptor course, students are entered into a mentorship program in which they have access to expert SANE peer review and supervision during the remainder of 300 SANE-related clinical hours they serve at their practicing institute or hospital via secure videoconferencing.

4. Review Course
In the final online SANE Certification Review Course, students return to the "online classroom" via Blackboard for final certification preparation in this 15-hour, 3 week session. This course  covers the following:

  • Review of key content from didactic course
  • Clinical case studies for content and synthesis of all educational activities
  • Exam taking strategies
  • Ways to prevent exam anxiety

This course ends with students applying for certification through IAFN. Fees associated with IAFN SANE certification exam registration will be paid for by grant.


Meghan Wisinski
Project Manager

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,469,650 with no financing by nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.