Forensic Nurse Examiner

The Forensic Nurse Examiner is specially trained to provide a medical/forensic examination to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The sexual assault exam serves two purposes for victims of interpersonal violence. The first, and primary, purpose for the exam is to meet the medical needs of the patient and assist the individual to transform from victim to survivor. The secondary purpose of the medical/forensic examination is to assist the justice system by properly collecting, handling, and preserving evidence from the crime scene: which, in the case of sexual assault and domestic violence, is often the patients’ bodies. In addition, SANEs are trained to respond to subpoenas, provide testimonies if the case is heard in the justice system, and serve in legal trials.

Individuals interested in becoming a forensic nurse examiner for the Albuquerque SANE Collaborative will need to meet certain minimum qualifications. Once an individual has been determined to meet the minimum qualifications, an interview will be set up with the applicant. Once selected for consideration for employment with Albuquerque SANE, intensive specialized training is required before practicing as a SANE. Those requirements and criteria will be described below.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current New Mexico Registered Nurse
  • BLS Certified
  • Individual or employment-based malpractice insurance (1,000,000/3,000,000)
  • 2-3 years minimum RN experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Obstetric
  • Public Health
  • Emergency
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Other nursing experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Ability to respond to pages within 5 minutes and ability to be on-site within 60 minutes of page


  • Completion of the NM Statewide SANE didactic training (6 full days)
  • Commitment to work for a minimum of one full year for Albuquerque SANE
  • Commitment to work a minimum of three 12-hour shifts per month, one of which must be a night shift.
  • Availability to work 1 to 2 holidays per calendar year.
  • Successful completion of National SANE-A certification within two years of practice
  • Completion of Trauma Nurse Course within one year of employment.


Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are considered part-time employees of the Albuquerque SANE Collaborative. SANEs are compensated for each case they work and receive on-call pay: they are not paid hourly.

A complete job description, information on compensation, and other information, can be obtained by contacting our main number at (505) 883-8720.