Forensic Nurse Certification
Dear Dr. McPhail: I want to become a Certified Forensic Nurse, many courses are offered on-line which one
do you recommend? Carol R.N.
Carol: There is currently no board certification
for Forensic Nurses. Some training are being presented as certification. Many of these classes
actually offer a good learning experiences but provide no more than a certificate.
Currently the FNCB offers
the SANE-A credential, a professional certification for sexual assault nurse examiners-adult/adolescent. SANE-A
is the earned credential which recognizes that the highest standards of forensic nursing for sexual assault nurse examiners
have been achieved. You can become certified by successfully completing the SANE-A examination. Re-certification is
available by examination on continuing education.
Nurses with SANE-A after their name are Board-Certified
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners-Adult/Adolescent. Earning certification demonstrates professional commitment, a key capacity
of leadership. Nurses who take the extra step to become certified in their specialty document their commitment to quality
care. Specialty certification is increasingly becoming an essential nursing credential.
Becoming Board-Certified is a statement that the nurse has
accepted the challenge of preparing for and passing a rigorous examination demonstrating refined knowledge and critical thinking
skills. Recertification ensures that the SANE-A's body of knowledge continues to be on the leading edge of the specialty practice