Pittsburg State University Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Grant Program

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The Pittsburg State University, School of Nursing, was awarded an Advanced Nursing Education, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) Grant in 2018 and 2021 through the Health Resources and Services Administration* (HRSA). In 2018, HRSA awarded PSU a three-year grant of $831,522 to recruit, train, and retain registered nurses (RNs), and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to complete SANE training, resources, and certification. In July 2021, PSU received $1.5 million for a three-year extension, to recruit, train, and retain RNs and APRNs in rural areas of Kansas for SANE training, resources, and certification. The extension will provide increased numbers of sexual assault programs, improved access to forensic nurses, and multi-disciplinary education for sexual assault response teams (SARTs) across the state of Kansas. To learn more about other schools and SANE programs that were awarded the grant, see the 2021 HRSA ANE SANE Grant Awardees list.

2021-2024 Objectives

  • Establish collaborative partnerships with healthcare stakeholders to provide didactic training and clinical experience for RNs and APRNs, utilizing existing SANE/SART program expertise.
  • Recruit RNs & APRNs for pediatric and/or adolescent/adult forensic training, in underserved areas of KS, goal of 40 trainees/year (120 trainees/3-year grant).
    Organize and coordinate SANE didactic/clinical training in collaboration with Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV), Hays Med, and forensic nurse preceptors in KS.
  • Provide funding to facilitate SANE training, certification, and recertification.
  • Track participants through their didactic and clinical training, SANE certification, and practice adoption.
  • Track and report on SANE retention by screening for compassion fatigue and burnout and offering retention services to decrease attrition.
  • Collaborate with SANE programs in KS, to develop a Tele-SANE model that will provide necessary services for underserved rural healthcare.


The major goal for the 2018 PSU-ANE/SANE grant was to recruit and train eight nurses per year for three years. The grant reached the goal with eight nurses in year one, ten nurses in year two, and ending year three with over ten nurses trained throughout Kansas. Also, the grant sponsored the International Association of Nurses, Kansas Chapter annual conference, allowing it to be accessible to over 130 multi-disciplinary individuals. In August 2021, PSU hosted the first live SANE Adult/Adolescent course in KS, since March 2020 when training went virtual.

The 2018 grant also allocated funds to start or expand sexual assault programs in the three counties in Southeast KS (Crawford, Cherokee, and Bourbon). Grant funds were used for equipment, supplies, policies and procedures. A SANE program was started at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas and the PSU Bryant Student Health Center. PSU is the only university with full sexual assault victim services (advocacy, law enforcement, forensic exam, evidence collection, counseling, medical and physical health) in KS or the MIAA.

Meet the PSU SANE Grant Team

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Amy L. Hite, EdD(c), DNP, EdS, APRN, FNP
PSU Irene Ransom Bradley ​​School of Nursing
Director, Professor, & HRSA Project Director: NPR and SANE Grants

Frank Papish

Frank Papish
Grant Consultant and Law Enforcement Liaison 



Brighid Dawson
SANE Grant Program Coordinator

Certification Exam Details

The International Association of Forensic Exams (IAFN) certification exam is for nurses who have achieved the highest standards of forensic nursing for SANEs. Exams are offered twice a year during April and September at testing centers across the nation. Accepted applicants will be reimbursed for the exam preparation materials and fees, as well as a one-year membership to IAFN.

*The grants and programs are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information: HRSA.gov

  • Eligibility
  • Exam Application Requirements/Considerations
  • Review Materials
  • Reimbursement
  • Funding Application for Certification Exam
  • Two or more years in practice as an RN for SANE-A and three or more years for SANE-P
  • Completion of a minimum 40-hour SANE didactic course by an accredited provider
  • Completion of a SANE clinical preceptorship
  • Accrual of 300 hours of SANE-related practice* within the past three years (at least 200 with the intended exam population)

*= providing patient care, taking on-call shifts (even if not seeing a patient), precepting/teaching, consulting, and engaging in peer review

Please review the items below before applying.

  • Weekly Zoom sessions offered by IAFN KS chapter. Contact IAFN president Jessica Albers to register: clinicalcoordinator@kcsdv.org. For more information, refer to the Kansas Chapter of IAFN website.
  • SANE-A/SANE-P Study Guides:
    • IAFN Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Certification: A Review for the SANE-A and SANE-P Exams by Jacqueline Call Robinson
    • Mometrix Test Preparation SANE-A Exam Secrets Study Guide
  • If interested in obtaining one or both of these review books, please contact Dr. Amy Hite.

Reimbursement for the exam is available from the grant, if you meet the following criteria:

  • Take either the IAFN review course or Kansas chapter review course
  • Obtain a copy of the IAFN SANE-A/SANE-P preview book
  • Your didactic training course certificate will be required
  • For reimbursement of certification exam by PSU ANE/SANE grant, nurses must have proof they have attended a review course and obtained a copy of the SANE -A/-P review manual
  • IAFN Certification SANE Certification Exam Prep Course
    Contact: Sara Jennings | education@forensicnurses.org | 410-626-7805 ext. 118
    • Kansas IAFN Certification Prep Course: Weekly Zoom sessions by certified nurses following the IAFN certification manual
    • IAFN Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Certification: A review for the SANE-A and SANE-P exams, (Author: Jacqueline Callari Robinson)
  • For more information on the review courses or book, contact PSUSANEGrant@pittstate.edu.



PSU and KCSDV have collaborated in providing didactic courses free of registration fees. RNs, APRNs, Advocates, and Law Enforcement can choose between the Adult/Adolescent course (SANE-A) or the new 64-hour Adult, Adolescent, Pediatric Course (SANE-A/-P). There are additional training options for rural organizations, such as the eight-hour evidence collection in the emergency room.


Once the RN or APRN finishes the didactic portion, they will be assisted to find a preceptor to continue the clinical portion. There are Clinical courses offered through KU Med quarterly, and Hays Medical Center offers a yearly clinical course each spring, May 16-17, 2024. 

For a list of didactic and clinical trainings, refer to https://www.kcsdv.org/train/


Calendar of Events

  • July 22-24, 2024: 40-Hour Adult/Adolescent SANE Didactic Course, KU Medical Center, Kansas City, KS  Learn more
  • July 25-26, 2024: SANE Clinical Course, KU Medical Center, Kansas City, KS  Learn more
  • October 23, 2024: IAFN Kansas Chapter Conference on Human Sex Trafficking, Webster Conference Center, Salina, KS  More Information Coming Soon