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SANE Clinical Preceptorship


According to the IAFN Education Guidelines, the clinical preceptorship is designed to complement the classroom educational experience and allow the SANE to apply information and skills obtained during the classroom experience. The required clinical experience is in addition to the 40-hour didactic course. It is recommended that this preceptorship be completed with the guidance of a physician, advanced practice nurse, or a forensically experienced registered nurse.

Additionally, clinical preceptor experiences should be completed in a time frame that ensures competency and maximum retention of knowledge and skills, typically within six months of completion of the didactic training. Required clinical skills shall be performed until competent, and competency is determined by the professional assessing the required clinical skills. 


IAFN recognizes that it can be difficult for some communities to find/offer SANE clinical preceptorships.  As a result we have compiled a list of programs who offer just such a clinical experience for SANEs who have completed didactic training.

The following clinical sites offer SANE preceptorship programs:

  District of Columbia Forensic Nurse Examiners
Sarah Bristol, Nurse Manager 

Type of preceptorship offered: The District of Columbia Forensic Nurse Examiners (DCFNE) in Washington D.C. is located within the heart of the Nation’s Capitol.  They are a community-based program, providing adult and adolescent sexual assault, intimate partner and strangulation exams to over 500 patients per year. The DCFNE Clinical Training Program offers flexible scheduling, experienced Forensic Nurse Preceptors, and instructional methodologies for active, adult learners, guided by IAFN educational recommendations. This experience is perfect for novice FNEs looking to gain experience or seasoned FNEs in need of updating skills. 

Cost to student: 
$200 per day, per person
Must be an RN or higher who has already completed an IAFN Approved, 40 hour didactic adult/adolescent course; must hold a valid nursing license. For a full list of requirements and expectations, please email the contact person listed above.    



HonorHealth Forensic Nurse Examiner Program

Samantha Mendez, Forensic Nurse Educator


Type of preceptorship offered: The HonorHealth Forensic Nurse Examiner Program is a community-based program in Arizona that provides care to adolescent and adult patients throughout Maricopa County. Each year, the forensic nurses provide care to over 2000 patient who have been the victim of sexual assault, sex trafficking, domestic violence, strangulation, elder abuse, physical abuse, and other forms of interpersonal violence.


Cost to the student: $150 per 12-hour preceptorship, $250 per 24-hour preceptorship


Requirements: Must be an RN or higher who has completed an IAFN approved, 40-hour adult/adolescent course. Must hold a license from a compact state.  Must provide proof of immunizations and other nursing documents. For a full list of requirements, please email the contact person listed above. 


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University of Colorado Health, Memorial Hospital
Megan Lechner, Forensic Nurse Examiner Program Manager


 Type of preceptorship offered:  The FNE Program at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO is located within a very busy Emergency Department where the in-house forensic nursing team sees more than 1500 patients per year who have experienced sexual assault (children and adults), intimate partner violence, elder and child maltreatment, strangulation and human trafficking.

Cost to student: $150 per day
Requirements: Must be an RN or higher who has already completed the 40 hour didactic Adult/Adolescent Course. Must hold a license from a compact state.  For a full set of requirements and expectations, please email the contact person listed above.



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