Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program

Combination SANE Program for Rural Areas of Eastern North Carolina

Funded by: Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

In rural Eastern North Carolina, as in much of the U.S., survivors of sexual assault often do not have access to the care they need. Lack of training opportunities and support for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE®) nurses is at the center of this issue. To become certified, SANE® nurses must pass a national exam after completing extensive coursework and clinical hours.

They are trained to provide comprehensive patient care — from collecting thorough patient histories and providing physical exams, to recognizing medical emergencies, to offering options for treatment, safety planning and emotional support — all while maintaining evidence for forensic collection and securing the chain of custody. A serious shortage of certified SANE® nurses in underserved areas leaves patients waiting for care, or not getting the appropriate care they need at all.

With her project, “Combination SANE Program for Rural Areas of Eastern North Carolina,” Betty Nance-Floyd has partnered with hospitals and health care clinics throughout Eastern N.C., including Vidant Health, a multi-facility system serving more than 1.4 million people in 29 counties, to expand opportunities for nurses in N.C. to receive SANE training and national examination preparation.