SANE forensic nursing program

Interested in becoming a forensic nurse and helping victims of rape or sexual assault?

Suffolk County’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program helps victims of rape or sexual assault of all ages by providing a comprehensive medical exam and forensic evidence collection in specially designated private rooms within our partner hospitals. SANE centers provide a coordinated, victim-centered approach to sexual assault treatment and response.

The SANE program is collaboration between VIBS (Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk), the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the Suffolk County Police Department, and our three partner hospitals: Good Samaritan Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center, and Stony Brook University Medical Center.

The process of becoming a SANE begins with an interview with representatives from each of our program partners. Upon acceptance, trainees receive extensive training through a 40-hour online course approved by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, three mandatory on-site clinical training days, and an extensive preceptorship program in which trainees shadow experienced forensic nurses

Who is eligible?

Any current RN, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, or Medical Doctor, with one year of post-graduation clinical experience, can become a forensic examiner.

“Entrance into forensic nursing will change your life…you will never be the same. The positive impact that you have on individuals who have been assaulted merges with the good that you do for society as a whole. It is not a job, it is a passion.”  – Nurse Judy Specht, SANE


Next interviews to be held:

  • 9AM – 2PM on Wednesday, May 31st
  • 9AM-1PM on Wednesday, June 14th
  • 9AM-2PM on Friday, June 16th

Our next training will be held in April. Participants will complete a 40-hour online course prior to attending three on-site clinical training days. Onsite training times are 8 AM – 5PM on:

  • Friday, July 14, 2017
  • Friday, July 21, 2017
  • Saturday, July 22, 2017
  • For more information, contact Nick Bove: 631-360-3730, ext. 102 or nbove@vibs.org