SANE: Advocate, forensic technician, nurse?

Academic Article


  • The real issue is that the SANE, by the definition of the term, is indeed a nurse. Traditionally, nurses have provided complete and holistic care to patients, whoever they are, including victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes. Many of us became RNs because helping patients by providing information and support was very important to us. As RNs, we see bio-psycho-social nursing care as an essential part of our role. As RNs, we must make every effort to meet all the nursing care needs of our patients. As long as we continue to call ourselves SANEs, registered nursing is an obligation and an important part of the role. SANEs are nurses, not "just forensic technicians." As members of the SART, we must also recognize that every team member plays an important role in assisting the rape victim through the medical-legal system. We do not need to exclude the advocate to remain nurses. However, we need to recognize that confusion in the courtroom and with the SART advocate has surfaced because we attempted to use a term that has become associated with the service someone else provides. One solution is for SANEs to drop the terms "advocate" and "advocacy" from their description of nursing activities and use other terms to describe our role functions to avoid unnecessary confusion. We can find other ways to insist on maintaining the SANE functions without adding to the role conflict confusion with the RCC advocate and making it easier for the defense attorney to cast the dispersion of bias on the testimony of the SANE on the witness stand.
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    Author List

  • Ledray LE; Faugno D; Speck P
  • Start Page

  • 91
  • End Page

  • 93
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 1