USA CON Sexual Assault Nursing Empowerment and Support (SOUTH SANES) ECHO®

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Attention Healthcare Providers – If your patients benefit from comprehensive and sensitive sexual assault services, from local people they know and trust, then the USA CON SOUTH SANES ECHO® can provide interprofessional telementoring.

No cost to participate | Free continuing education credits available to eligible participants.

Background on Health Issues

Did you know that 1 in 6 women will be a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime?

  • Victims of violence and abuse require care from a health professional who is trained to treat the trauma associated with the wrong that has been done to them—be it sexual assault, intimate partner violence, neglect, or other forms of intentional injury.
  • Forensic nurses are also a critical resource for anti-violence efforts. They collect evidence and give testimony that can be used in a court of law to apprehend or prosecute perpetrators who commit violent and abusive acts (

SOUTH SANES (SOUTH ALABAMA Sexual Assault Nursing Empowerment and Support) offers didactic and clinical education for registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioner (NP)/nurse practitioner students (NPs) who are developing expertise in patient care and healing support after sexual assault, interpersonal, and/or domestic violence.

SOUTH SANES provides curricula opportunities, continuing nursing education, clinical immersion, and clinical support to enhance the professional development of practicing SANES and aims to increase the number of certified and trained SANES along the Gulf Coast region, its adjacent rural communities, and beyond by offering evidence based, patient-centered, and trauma-informed programming.


To bring health care professionals together in a virtual learning environment where collaboration and connection with sexual assault experts will increase the frontline capacity to provide thorough, trauma-informed care to our most vulnerable population

Our ECHO® programming consists of the following:

  • A Zoom session (10 monthly sessions)
  • A short lecture provided by sexual assault experts
  • A case scenario presentation and discussion
  • Questions, discussion, and engagement with other providers and experts
Pie graph representions Case Presentation & Discussion as the largest piece, Didactic & Q & A next, Welcome & Introductions next, and Close last.

Launch Date: January 12th, 2023

Session Dates

Calendar Year 2023

Second Thursday of the Month

This series on sexual assault and forensic nursing will consist of ten (10) sessions. All sessions are 90 minutes, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., Central Time.

Registration will remain open during the series period.

Session Date Topic Presenter(s)
Session 1 January 12th, 2023 Trauma-Informed Care Dr. Candice Selwyn & Ms. Kathryn Loveless
Session 2 February 9th, 2023 Pediatric Conditions Mistaken for Abuse Mrs. Micki Korn
Session 3 March 9th, 2023 Prophylaxis for Sexually Transmitted Infections in Adolescent Sexual Assault Dr. Elizabeth Vandewaa & Dr. Ashley Marass
Special Training Session March 20th Cert Review 3.0 CE by Zoom *ANCC Approved/No Cost) Mrs. Jen Pierce-Weeks, IAFN
Session 4 April 6th, 2023 The Role of AIDS AL South in Sexual Assault Care Ms. Rachael Carter & Mrs. Beth McCord
Session 5 May 11th, 2023 The Role of Title IX in Campus Sexual Assault Dr. Julia Kristman & Dr. Carolyn Dolan
Special Training Session June 1st, 2023 Telehealth Consulting Communication in the Setting of Sexual Assault Mrs. Diane Daiber, IAFN
Session 6 June 8th, 2023 Courtroom Perspectives on Sexual Assault Cases Johana Bucci, ADA & Mrs. Shalotta Sharp
No July Session
Session 7 August 10th, 2023 Using the HERS (Hymen Estrogen Response Scale) © Speck to Evaluate Estrogen Effect in Pediatric Patients Dr. Patricia Speck
Session 8 September 14th, 2023 Consensual Sex Practices Mistaken for Assault or Abuse Mrs. Cassie Mueller & Ms. Ellen Kennedy
Session 9 October 12th, 2023 The Role of Advocacy in Sexual Assault Care Mrs. Laury Rowland & Ms. Kathryn Loveless
Session 10 November 9th, 2023 Non-Fatal Strangulation Ms. Diana Faugno & Dr. Ashleigh Bowman
No December Session

To Join

To join the USA CON SOUTH SANES ECHO® - please complete the Pre-registration Survey Form. Upon completion of this pre-registration, you will automatically receive the Sessions' Registration Survey Form for the ten (10) interactive, ninety (90) Zoom sessions from January 2023 – November 2023. 15.0 CEUs (pending).

Pre-registration Survey Form

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The USA CON SOUTH SANES ECHO® is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling approximately $1.5 million, with zero percentage financed with nongovernmental sources.  The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement of HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.