Job Description

The Need

The Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA), a division of CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness, is currently seeking qualified contractual candidates for Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners [SAFEs].       

Role of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFEs) is a medical professional who has completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of the patient who has experienced sexual assault or abuse.

Generally, there are five goals of an examination by a SAFE. These include (a) documentation and care of injuries, (b) collection of medical-legal evidence, (c) evaluation of risk and prophylactic treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), (d) evaluation of risk and emergency pregnancy interception, and (e) crisis intervention.

Qualification Requirements

To become a SAFE, you must be a RN, NP, DNP, or MD, preferably with two years or more experience in areas of practice that require advanced physical assessment skills, such as emergency, critical care and maternal child health. In addition, a 41 hour didactic training for adults or 43 hour didactic training for Pediatric/Adolescent as well as a preceptorship consisting of observation of three exams and observed performance of three exams.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs comprehensive sexual assault examination utilizing Colposcope, camera, etc. as appropriate.
  2. Documents assessment inclusive of blunt and sharp injuries accordingly.
  3. Develops Plan of Care reflective of current body of knowledge relating to sexual assault.
  4. Administers medications/drugs as appropriate to exam findings.
  5. Completes sexual assault evidence collection, provides discharge and follow-up care instructions and maintains chain of custody per ethical and/or legal statutes.
  6. Participates in ongoing legal process and court appearances as required by state statutes.
  7. Maintains confidentiality of the activities of the SACASA program unless required to by operation of law.

Skills / Requirements

Position Requirements


1.       AZ Licensed RN,NP, DNP or MD


  1. A minimum of 1 year relevant work experience
  2. Preferred two years clinical experience in any of the following areas:  
    1. Emergency, Intensive Care, Pediatric, Maternal Child, Psychiatric and/or Forensic Nursing.
  3. Preferred Domestic Violence training.


1.       CPR & First Aid Required

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