Job Posting for DPH: Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

Title: Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

Organization: Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Department of Public Health (DPH) in collaboration with the Bristol County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in Fall River is seeking a caring and compassionate nursing professional for the role of Pediatric SANE. Fostered by a “do no harm” philosophy of care, our ideal applicant will provide comprehensive nursing care which may include but not be limited to completion of a forensic examination with forensic evidence collection, and screening, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI) as needed.

The ideal candidate will provide care that is developmentally appropriate to children and their families, and will serve as part of the CAC’s multidisciplinary team in response to concerns of child sexual abuse. Additional responsibilities include providing psycho-social support, teaching, health promotion, anticipatory guidance and linkages to the child’s primary care provider.


  • Provide overall direct patient care and consultation to pediatric patients (ages infant to 17) and their families when there are disclosures of sexual abuse
  • Utilize photo-documentation equipment and the MA Pediatric Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit (MA PEDI Kit); Manage all patient records/images created in the course of care in accordance with established policies and procedures
  • Collaborate with attending physician, social worker, and other members of the multidisciplinary team sharing information regarding forensic findings/interviews, case reviews and health needs
  • Assist in the development of a plan of care for the patient which meets their medicolegal, medical, emotional and social needs
  • Administer appropriate health analyses for children who have been sexually abused including pregnancy screening and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing; prescribe appropriate medications for treatment
  • Maintain “chain of custody” for forensic evidence until custody is transferred to law enforcement
  • Complete comprehensive documentation of child sexual abuse examinations using the Pediatric SANE Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and other appropriate documents
  • Provide subject matter expertise and testimony in court proceedings as a fact witness, when needed, regarding the care rendered in the role of a Massachusetts Pediatric SANE Nurse
  • Conduct case management to ensure appropriate referral of a patient’s care to community resources including physicians/clinicians, mental health providers, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and other support services
  • Facilitate training/outreach to local hospitals, providers, school nurses, DCF and other community partners regarding trauma-informed, evidence-based practices in the care of children who are sexually abused
  • Participate in professional development opportunities and projects including data collection, research and telenursing activities as needed



  • Graduate Degree as a Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pediatric/Adolescent Health Nursing, Family Health Nursing or graduate degree in Forensic Nursing
  • At least five (5) years of experience as Registered Nurse with practice in Pediatric Health Nursing, Adolescent Health Nursing, School Health Nursing, Family Health Nursing or Community Health Nursing. In lieu of this requirement, incumbents must have three (3) years of experience as a Registered Nurse and two (2) or more years of experience in a health or victim service related field of practice

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Commitment to evidence based practice and excellent clinical skills;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard nursing policies, procedures, methods, techniques, safety practices and medical terminology/abbreviations;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of child and adolescent growth and development;
  • Ability to establish effective relationships with individuals, families, providers, physicians, team members and the community;
  • Capability to provide culturally competent care and to work with patients of all abilities and collaboration with diverse professionals
  • Skilled in public speaking and facilitation of training, education and outreach to professionals and community partners;
  • Thoroughness, independence and excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to resolve problems/conflicts in a diplomatic and tactful manner;
  • Capacity to maintain accurate records and exercise discretion in handling confidential information;
  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

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