Wisconsin Department of Justice

This 64-hour blended learning seminar prepares the Registered Nurse with the minimum education necessary to practice as a forensic nurse examiner (FNE) in the state of Wisconsin and treat all populations:  Adult, Adolescent and Pediatrics. Registered Nurses who treat victims of violent crime, such as sexual violence or assault, must receive additional and specific didactic preparation to adequately care for this population. This ensures that all patients who are reporting sexual violence or assault receive competent and trauma-informed care, taking into consideration cultural, racial, ethnic, gender identity, sexual and socioeconomic diversity. 


Attendees will be taught specific clinical and evidence-based standards of forensic nursing practice, as established by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) and Forensic Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice. Concepts such as sexual violence, trauma, and crisis intervention will be covered in depth, as well as skills such as evidence collection, forensic photography, and courtroom testimony will be introduced. Population specific considerations, such as caring for LGBTQIA+, the disabled, and communities of color will be presented. In addition, Wisconsin statutes pertinent to forensic nursing practice will be woven throughout the seminar.


As part of the Seminar, attendees must complete 22 hours of self-paced learning modules and complete a post-test on those modules, prior to attending the remaining 42 hours of in-person lecture.  Access to the learning modules is available upon registration and payment for the course.


The WI DOJ is proud to offer this course which has been approved by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, an accredited approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Sessions are taught by experienced members of the multidisciplinary team from law enforcement, advocacy, child abuse/ maltreatment and others, providing a unique opportunity to network.


IAFN Approval number AU120322.Combined_WI;  Contact Hours:  64

To learn more about certification, please visit the International Association of Forensic Nurses  


Requirements for successful completion:

Attendance for the entire activity and completion and submission of an evaluation form.

The planners, presenters and reviewers of this activity have declared no conflict of interest.


Please call Susan Kanack, BSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, State SANE Coordinator at 608-264-6214 or email kanacksm@doj.state.wi.us at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Office of Crime Victim Services, for more information about contact hours.