Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A) Exam Review

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adult/Adolescent certification indicates a higher level of training and specialization for those nurses who work with adult and adolescent patients who have been involved in a sexual assault. These nurses are frequently employed by hospital emergency rooms and specialty practices that treat this special patient population.

In order to take the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adult/Adolescent certification exam, the applicant must be a licensed Registered Nurse who has worked a minimum of 2 years as an RN. An accredited Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) education course that includes either 40 continuing education hours in the classroom or three semester hours should have been completed. In addition, documentation is required that the RN has undergone supervision in clinical practice and it has been determined that he or she is competent in sexual assault practice.

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adult/Adolescent certification exam is offered twice a year, both in the Fall, at various testing sites across the United States. The fee to take the exam is $225 for International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) members and $350 for non-members.

The exam consists of 150-200 questions and the RN is allotted 4 hours in which to complete the exam. The majority of the exam tests the RN’s knowledge on evaluating and managing the sexual assault patient. The exam also contains questions pertaining to the judicial process and gathering potential evidence. There are questions regarding professional practice and ethical issues as well.

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – Adult/Adolescent certification is valid for 3 years. At the end of that time period, the licensed RN must have worked in the field of sexual assault nursing over the past 3 years. In addition, at least 45 continuing education hours should have been completed with at least 30 of those hours in the area of sexual assault nursing.

If the continuing education hours are not completed, the RN can retake the exam in order to maintain certification. The fee for recertification is $175 for IAFN members and $300 for non-members who recertify by maintaining continuing education hours. For those RNs who wish to retake the exam for recertification, the fee is $225 for IAFN members and $350 for non-members.

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