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Implementing SANE Programs in Rural Communities: The West Virginia Regional Mobile SANE Project
Publication Date:  June 2008
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Making the SANE and Advocacy Components Operational
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Making the SANE and Advocacy Components Operational

Screening

FRIS developed applications for SANE and volunteer advocate candidates.

SANE candidates were asked to provide information about their professional background and to answer questions about their qualifications (list was adapted for use in this replication guide):

  • Name and contact information.
  • R.N. education, including graduate hours.
  • R.N. license (state, number, expiration).
  • Is your license current and unencumbered?
  • Certifications (name, date taken, expiration).
  • Have you had disciplinary action taken against your nursing licenses or been the subject of an investigation? If yes, provide details.
  • Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor?
  • R.N. employment history.16
  • Current and previous employer.
  • Availability for on-call SANE duties.
  • What interests you about this position?
  • What skills and qualifications do you bring?
  • Provide a resume, two references, and copies of certifications.

Each hospital recommended its own nurses for the project. Additional references were required from SANE candidates who were not employed by a participating hospital. All SANE applicants were interviewed by the nurse manager at the host hospital.

Advocate candidates were asked to provide the following information (adapted for use in this replication guide):

  • Date, name, and contact information.
  • Birth date and Social Security number.
  • How did you hear about our program?
  • Current employer or school.
  • Employment and educational background.
  • Reasons for wanting to volunteer.
  • What can you offer as an advocate?
  • Describe your history with sexual or domestic violence, if any.
  • Working with issues of sexual assault can be stressful. Describe any support available to you.
  • Do you speak a language besides English? If yes, provide details.
  • Are you able to commit to attending team and inservice meetings regularly?
  • Are you able to commit to this position for a minimum of 1 year?
  • What do you hope to gain from this experience?
  • How far do you live from the closest hospital?
  • Provide two references in addition to your current employer.

In addition to filling out applications, SANE and advocate candidates were asked to sign contracts indicating that they understood the responsibilities of the position. The SANE agreement further noted that if SANEs did not fulfill their 1-year commitment, they would be asked to reimburse the project for training expenses.17 (View volunteer advocate contract.)