March Update

As much as I enjoy the snow and winter activities, I love this sunshine!! I hope you are outside having fun while it lasts.

Joan’s retirement celebration was a success, the party was well attended by SANEs, community members, and the Vermont Network team. The tributes were humorous and heartfelt.  I am in awe of the amazing work that Joan accomplished in her short tenure as the Vermont SANE Clinical Coordinator.

Please consider donating to the Joan Carson Scholarship Fund for SANE education-Vermont Network PO Box 405. Montpelier, Vermont 05601

I have been busy working on the 2018 SANE/Forensic course. Thank you, to everyone who has already agreed to present.  I could not do this without the support of all the different community members. 

After feedback from last years course, I have consolidated the training from 5 consecutive days to 4 days over two weeks, and 8 hours of independent study.  Many nurses stated that it was difficult for their hospital to cover their shifts for an entire week.  We will see how this works. I am always open to suggestions.

There is still time to sign-up if you are interested or know a nurse in your organization the would like to become a Forensic Nurse.

Adult Adolescent Course Registration form-

The Vermont SANE program is offering a pediatric course in November.  I know there are many hospitals across Vermont that are struggling with lack of pediatric SANEs coverage.  It is considered best practice to care for patient’s that have experienced sexual or physical violence in their own community. It is frustrating to have to send a patient and their family to a hospital that is sometimes hours away from their home or worse, in a different state. Please consider taking the course or encouraging another nurse in your organization to become a pediatric forensic nurse/SANE. 

Pediatric Course Registration Form-

Vermont Training

The Strangulation Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention- will be offering a 1-day training on April 13 in Brattleboro

The Women's Freedom Center and the Windom County States Attorney office will be sponsoring a FREE training on Strangulation. Gael Steak, from the Strangulation Institute, will be presenting at a 1-day training on Friday, April 13 from 9:00-5:00 pm, at the Winston Prouty Center in Brattleboro. If you are interested in attending the training, email The Women's Freedom Center at putting TISP in the subject line.  The Vermont Network may be able to provide a stipend to SANE/Forensic nurses that are interested in attending this training.  1_Day_Agenda_with_Exercises.pdf

One of the challenges that many SANE/Forensic Programs have is financial support from their hospital, for professional development.  Nurses are expected to attend training and educational events on their own time and pay with their own money. If you would like to help please donate to the Joan Carson Scholarship Fund for SANE Education or sponsor a SANE to attend a training. Thank you


The National Criminal Justice Training Center has many interesting webinars in March

Sexual Violence in Cyberspace -From Abuse Images to Revenge Porn

Part 1 | Thursday, March 15, 2018, | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET click here to register

Part 2 | Thursday, March 29, 2018, | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET click here to register

Child Sex Trafficking and Gangs

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET click here to register

Sextortion Webinar Series

Part 2: What Is It and How Can We Respond?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET click here to register

Need to catch up on Part 1? 

Subscribe to our Criminal Justice Online Learning Catalog and you

can watch it when it is convenient for you. click here to register

More Webinars are available on demand -

Strangulation Institute has two new webinars on Pediatric Strangulation.

Pediatric Strangulation, Part 1

Presented by: Gael Strack, JD; Bill Smock, MD; Cathy Baldwin Johnson, MD; Diana Faugno, RN; Val Sievers, RN; Katie Snyder, MD -This webinar will highlight the unique challenges faced by medical providers and investigators when working... Read More

Pediatric Strangulation, Part 2

Presented by: Gael Strack, JD; Bill Smock, MD; Cathy Baldwin Johnson, MD; Diana Faugno, MSN, RN; Val Sievers, MSN, RN; and Jennifer Green, RN, BSN, BA This webinar will continue where we left off with... Read More

Update on Emergency Contraception Webinar Series

Safeta Webinar Series

Post-exposure prophylaxis to HIV medication- Make it simple


Leadership and training workshop in Washington D.C.

This is an opportunity for you to develop your voice and implement knowledge gained from day-one learning's to educate legislators on forensic nursing issues, seek support for specific bills or legislative initiatives, and show appreciation for past support. Click here for more information

Forensic Health Online

Articles of interest from Forensic Health Online-  I would encourage you to sign up for Jennifer Markowitz’s website Forensic Health Online newsletter.  She sends out weekly information on a range of topics- sexual violence, pediatrics, HT, documentation and a monthly review of current articles of interest.  She does the work for us!!

In Other News

This is a timely and interesting article for those of us who are caring for patients in the hallway!

Emerg Med J. 2018 Feb 3. pii: emermed-2017-207119. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2017-207119.

[Epub ahead of print] Do Emergency Physicians change their behavior in the hallway or when a companion is present? A cross-sectional survey. Stoklosa H, Scannell M, Ma Z, Rosner B, Hughes A, Bohan JS.

Action Alert from the Vermont Network

The Moment is Now: Your Voice Needed on Firearms

Last week was a game-changer for dialogue about firearm safety in Vermont. Driven by outrage and grief after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida - youth and advocates gathered in the Vermont Statehouse to demand change.  The Governor and legislative leaders have committed to taking action and bills related to firearms are moving quickly. We need your help to ensure that the voices of domestic violence survivors are heard this week. 

In a memo released last week, Governor Scott asked the legislature to pass H.422, the Network's bill that would allow law enforcement to immediately remove firearms at the scene of a domestic assault. The bill is currently in Senate Judiciary and has not yet passed out of committee. Another firearms-related bill, S. 221 has passed out of committee and will be on the Senate floor early this week. This bill allows for a court to remove firearms if it is found that someone poses a potential risk.
While S.221 is helpful in preventing certain forms of gun violence, H.422 focuses solely upon the prevention of domestic violence homicides at the most dangerous time for victims and their children. S.221 does not include the issues addressed in H.422.

  • Call the Governor at 802-828-3333 and thank him for his support of domestic violence victims and H. 422. Ask him to urge the Senate to pass H.422, in addition to S.221. S.221 does not include the specific needs of domestic violence victims and their children.

  • Call your Senators at 802-828-2228 and tell them to pass H.422, in addition to S.221. S.221 does not include the specific needs of domestic violence victims and their children. To find your Senator click here

Now is the moment for change. Please take a moment to call the Governor and your Senators today. 


That is all for now- please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions!