SANE Fellowship Program

Increasing access to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Oregon

The Oregon Center for Nursing is proud to participate in a multi-state HRSA-funded grant to increase the number of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) professionals practicing in Oregon.  SANEs are forensic nurses who specialize in assisting victims of sexual assault. SANEs are part of a larger coordinated response to sexual assault and often work closely with law enforcement officers, forensic lab staff, child protective services, prosecutors, sexual assault advocates, and crisis programs.

SANEs perform an invaluable role in providing care and advocacy for victims of sexual assault. Like so many specialties, we know SANEs are not distributed evenly throughout Oregon and some communities do not have access to SANEs when needed, causing additional trauma for victims as they must travel, if they are able, great distance to receive services.

Currently, 31 Oregon registered nurses from across the state are enrolled in the SANE Fellowship Program. Continuation of the program is pending federal grant funding in 2024.

What is required of SANE Fellowship Participants?

SANE Fellows :

  • complete a SANE-A didactic training program (approximately 43 hours),
  • complete a clinical skills simulation training (approximately 16 hours),
  • participate in resilience, retention and cultural bias trainings (approximately 7 hours),
  • are open to seeking state or national SANE certification, and
  • agree to maintain communication with grant staff throughout the year.

Participants in the SANE Fellowship Program are eligible to receive:

  • paid IAFN membership,
  • subsidized initial SANE trainings,
  • travel stipends to attend SANE clinical skills simulation training,
  • $600 cash stipend (upon completion of resilience, retention and cultural bias trainings)

Participants interested in seeking national SANE certification are eligible for additional benefits, including:

  • Subsidized certification test fees (up to $500)
  • $1500 cash stipend (upon certification)

SANE Resources

Visit the organizations below to access information and resources for sexual assault nurse examiners.

Applications Closed

Thank you for your interest in the SANE Fellowship Program! We are no longer accepting applications for the 2023 cohort. For questions, please contact Callie Gisler at

Grant Contacts

Oregon Project Contact:
Callie Gisler, BA, CNA
Oregon Center for Nursing
(503) 897-7363

HRSA Grant Lead:
Tiffany Chohfi MSN, RN
Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence

Grant Partners