U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Advanced Nursing Education – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program
The Advanced Nursing Education-Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (ANE-SANE) program aims to increase the number of Registered Nurses (RNs), Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and Forensic Nurses trained and certified as sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) in communities on a local, regional and/or state level. Ideal applicants will have an infrastructure to recruit eligible nurses, coordinate didactic and clinical training with identified partners, monitor and track clinical practice hours and certification completion, and have demonstrated strategies to retain SANEs in practice. The goal is to train providers to conduct sexual assault forensic examinations which provide better physical and mental health care for survivors, better evidence collection, and lead to higher prosecution rates.
ANE-SANE participants include:
- Currently practicing Registered Nurses
- Students in Advanced Nursing Education Programs including Forensic Nursing Programs
- Currently practicing Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Forensic Nurses
Applicants must form collaborative linkages (partnerships) to support training, participant recruitment, training access, practice experience opportunities, and practice retention efforts throughout the period of performance. Applicant organizations, like schools of nursing or other entities, that do not have a clinical practice component, should consider collaborating with multiple academic, clinical, and community-based practice sites to ensure they have linkages (partnerships) with practice sites.
Successful applicants will:
- Identify appropriate RN, APRN, and Forensic Nurses within their recruitment area to receive SANE training
- Provide funding and coordination for the participants to attend established didactic and clinical training to become SANEs, including enhancement of clinical skills sites as applicable
- Identify and establish practice partners for clinical training completion with multidisciplinary teams or preceptors that respond to cases of sexual assault
- Provide support and coordination to ensure that the participants are completing required clinical practice hours for SANE certification
- Provide funding support for the participants to take SANE certification/recertification examinations
- Identify a full time coordinator to liaise with partners, oversee, monitor, manage and coordinate the project
- Track the participants from recruitment, training, completion of certification requirements, to successful completion of SANE certification examination
- Provide support and resources to enhance practice and increase retention of SANEs, including promotion of engagement in a community of practice, technical assistance, counseling support, continuing education, etc.
- Establish use of innovative training modalities including telehealth and tele-education
- Identify and implement a plan to sustain the program after the project period ends
Amount: A total of $8,000,000 is available to make up to 16 awards that range up to $500,000 each. The period of performance is three years.
Eligibility: Accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers, nurse-managed health clinics, academic health centers, state or local health departments, rural health clinics, public or non-profit hospitals, other emergency health care service providers, federally qualified health centers, clinics receiving funding under Title X and other relevant public or private non-profit health care providers. Federally recognized Indian tribal government and Native American organizations as well as community-based and faith-based nonprofit organizations (under IRS 501(c)(3)) may apply if they are otherwise eligible.
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