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Pediatric/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training


Prepubertal and adolescent patients presenting to emergency departments for concerns of sexual abuse/assault are common. Care for this patient population requires specialized training for medical and nursing providers. The Pediatric/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training provides a strong foundation for nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians and physician assistants to acquire the needed knowledge and skills in providing this specialized care to a vulnerable patient population.

The training requires full attendance of a 40 hour didactic program which covers content needed to build the foundation for addressing the needs of abused/assaulted prepubertal and adolescent patients in the medical setting. There is also a required clinical component (40 hours) following the didactic program which engages the participant in numerous activities which serve to build the clinical competency of the nurse. Nurses who have completed the clinical component for the Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training will not have to complete any duplicate clinical requirements for the Pediatric/Adolescent clinical component. Acquiring the clinical training sites will be the responsibility of the participants. Both didactic and clinical components must be completed in order to successfully complete the Pediatric/Adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program.

The participant will be able to complete these exams through participation with a child medical examiner and in other settings which provide medical care to the minor population. It is strongly suggested that the participant evaluate available resources to determine how difficult it will be to successfully complete the required examinations. Other clinical requirements will include time spent with the county Department of Social Services, law enforcement, the district attorney’s office and observation of a court proceeding.


Lead Coordinator

Deborah Flowers, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, SANE-A, SANE-P
Program Coordinator/Nurse Consultant
NC Child Medical Evaluation Program
Clinical Assistant Professor
UNC School of Medicine-Department of Pediatrics
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor - UNC-CH School of Nursing


Accreditation Statement

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 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education (CNE) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

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