May Update

Happy Spring,

We had many false starts, but I think springtime has finally arrived in Vermont. While I have not yet planted my vegetable garden my flower garden is in full bloom. It has been a few months since I last updated you on the Vermont SANE program and a lot has happened in that time. Tracey Wagner has accepted the Vermont Pediatric SANE Clinical Coordinator position and will be working at the Vermont Network in Montpelier one day a week. Many of you may know Tracey as the Assistant Nurse Manager on the pediatric unit at UVMMC. Tracey has over 30 years of clinical and leadership experience in pediatrics and has been a pediatric SANE for many years. She helped develop the pediatric evidence collection kit and helped Joan Carson facilitate the 2016 Pediatric SANE course. Among many of Tracey's accomplishments, she received the Kidsafe Collaborative Outstanding Professional Award in 2017. I am thrilled to welcome her to the Vermont Network to continue her amazing work for pediatric patients!  Our first project will be to expand the pediatric SANE programs across Vermont. If you are interested in establishing a pediatric SANE program in your hospital feel free to contact or 

In other exciting news, we now have 85 certified Adult/Adolescent SANEs in all 15 Vermont Hospitals.  There were 12 nurses that completed the SANE course in April and are ready to care for patients who have experienced a sexual assault.  Please join me in welcoming the following nurses:

  • Ashley Currier and Emily Dale from Copley Hospital

  • Alison Farr from Parton Health Center at Middlebury College

  • Barbara Lord and Jennifer Fitch from Springfield Hospital

  • Jessilyn Dolan from UVM College

  • Tara Gomo from Mt Ascutney Hospital

  • Janet Woodruff, Nicole Killian, Louisa Pratt and Olvia Snyder from UVMMC

  • Alicia Schwarz from The Community Health Center in Burlington

I am excited to have these amazing nurses join the Vermont SANE Program


What is happening in Vermont and beyond-

Pediatric Case review will be this Thursday, May 24th @ 8 am. Case review is held at UVMMC on the 4th Thursday of the month.  Adult case review will be canceled this month because I will be attending an all-day MOAB training at UVMMC - fun fun!!  Save the Date -On June 28th we will have both pediatric (8am-9am) and adult (9:30-10-30) case review at UVMMC and on skype.  More to come....

The Pediatric SANE Course is scheduled for November 7,8 and 14,15th at the Waterbury State Office Complex click here to register. 

Articles and Webinars

As always Forensic Health Online has many pertinent articles and clinical guides click here for the link.

IAFN is offering a few upcoming webinars:

Differential Diagnosis in Pediatric Sexual Assault: Finding the Zebra June 19th from 2 pm -3:30 pm certificate of completion provided.

click here to register

The SART Toolkit: tools and resources to facilitate a coordinated team approach to sexual assault July 12, 2018 - 2 pm  

click here to register


Archived Webinars that may be worthwhile

Post Exposure Prophylaxis to HIV: Keep it Simple click here to access - you will need a basic IAFN membership to register for this webinar.

The connection between Trauma and Addiction click here to view


Resources for your programs

Post-Sexual Exposure (nPEP) HIV Prevention Toolkit Publish date: January 26, 2018 click here to view


I hope you find something here that sparks your interest, and that you can apply to your practice. 

That's all for now,