November Update

Happy winter in November!  I hope you are warm and cozy on this snowy day.  I am writing this while sitting next to a roaring fire at home because the roads were too treacherous to drive from Jericho to Montpelier.  

So much has happened since the last update, we had 14 SANEs representing Vermont at the IAFN conference in Reno.  The conference was a wonderful opportunity to learn the latest evidence-based practices in one of the 100 educational sessions, and mingle with 950 Forensic Nurses from across the world.

The keynote speakers included a survivor of human trafficking that is the CEO of the Trafficking in America Taskforce; a professor who does research on the status of women in the world for, Valerie discussed how the disempowerment of women affects health, prosperity, stability, and security of countries; and my favorite, Early learning and Nurturing Care for Children Displaced by conflict, Shanna discussed the collaboration of Sesame Street Workshop and International Rescue Committee to created early learning programs to the children of Syria.  I am always re-energized and full of new ideas after attending this conference. 

It is never too early to start planning for next years conference, Sept 11-14 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Ask your hospital, CAC or SIU for funding.

The following nurses have recently completed the 40-hour pediatric SANE training. Next steps for these SANEs will be to shadow a practicing pediatric SANE for the next few months and then they will be ready to care for pediatric patients that have been abused or sexually assaulted. Please congratulate them on their hard work and professional growth.

Erika Thomas – Porter Medical Center

Catlin Tilley and Alison Camarda- SVMC

Loretta Charles, Brenda Neff, and Emily LeVan- CVMC

Kathleen Goodell- BMH

Amanda Domingus- RRMC

Gail Fein, Hillary Sylvester, and Courtney Leduc- NMC

Kathleen Keenan, Moriah McCullagh, and Beth Paquin- UVMMC

Barbara Lord Springfield Hospital



The deadline for Vermont SANE Credentialing is December 15th if you are a new SANE or up for renewal here are some of the changes to the credentialing process:

Initial Credentialing:

Adult/Adolescent (those who took the course in 2018) Form A and A-1

Pediatric (those who took the course in 2016) Form B and B-1

Re-credentialing (you were certified/re-certified in 2016), please review the changes and return Form E and your exam Log before December 15.

If you have any questions or are unsure of your status do not hesitate to contact me.

Vermont Adult/Adolescent SANE must perform at least four (4) sexual assault examinations over a two (2) year credentialing period. These exams may be simulated

Vermont Pediatric SANE must perform at least two (2) sexual assault examinations over a two (2) year credentialing period. If the Pediatric SANE does not have the opportunity to perform at least two (2) sexual assault examinations over a period of two (2) years, observation of the nurse performing a simulated sexual assault examination may be substituted to meet this requirement;

Vermont Adult/Adolescent and Pediatric SANE- must perform four (4) sexual assault examinations over a two (2) year credentialing period, two (2) of these exams must be pediatric sexual assault examinations.  These examinations may be simulated.

  1. Maintain a log of the sexual assault examinations performed over the two (2) year re-certification period with the following information: log

  • Date of the examination

  • Age of the patient

  • Location of the examination

Starting on December 1st you will log your cases on the NEW UPS tracking system which can be found on the Vermont SANE Website-  

UPS Kit Tracking instructions

We have new and improved billing forms- Vickie Garza, the sexual assault billing specialist at crime victim services, has been working hard to make the billing forms easier to read and understand (for those 3 am cases). 

Make sure you make copies of the following forms and keep them in your SANE binder, they will also be available on the website -  

Billing forms 

PHI Billing Form


Upcoming Education:

SANE Education at the University of Vermont Simulation Lab on Saturday, January 19th click here to register  click here for the brochure

The purpose of this education is to provide new and updated information on the care of patients who have experienced sexual violence.  The education day will include lectures, case review, and case simulation with live gynecological teaching assistants. 

Adult/Adolescent SANE Training is scheduled for April 3,4 and 10-11, if you know of a nurse in your hospital or clinic that would be interested registration will begin next week.

That's all for now- stay safe and go have some fun in the snow!!