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SANE Assault Nurse Examiner

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #103
Thursday, August 1, 2019
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:                  August 16, 2019 at 8:59 pm PST

Department:     Children of the River Child Advocacy Center                                                           

Reports To:  Program Manager                                      

Salary:           $42/hour            Hours:      On Call (up tp 72 hrs a month)

Position Summary:

This is an on-call Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) position at the Puyallup Tribe Children of the River Child Advocacy Center (CRCAC).  Duties and on-call requirement will be coordinated with Mary Bridget Children’s Hospital / Children’s Advocacy Center of Washington. Minimum availability of 72 hours per month is required.  Must be able to arrive at the CRCAC or Mary Bridge Hospital within 40 minutes of receiving page.  Hours required may expand to cover increase in projected caseloads.  This Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner provides forensic evidence collection for screened acute sexual assault cases without physician present, per Child Sexual and Physical Abuse investigation protocols for Pierce County, Washington; Puyallup Tribe of Indians Codes, and other relevant protocols, including the (2016) National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Forensic Medical Examinations - Pediatric.  Under the direction of the CRCAC Manager, the SANE Examiner is responsible for providing timely, non-judgmental, compassionate, and culturally specific care to sexual assault victims, including adolescent and pediatric cases. The SANE exam may include a medical-forensic exam, prophylaxis for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, photographic documentation, referrals for appropriate medical and psychological follow-up, and support and participation in legal proceedings. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Must ensure strict confidentiality of agency and client information.

  2. Gather assault history from patient and/or caretaker

  3. Assess psychological trauma and crisis intervention needs

  4. Provide forensic exam, including genital/anal region

  5. Provide court testimony on medical forensic sexual assault evidence collection

  6. Refer for follow up medical care and community services and complete reports

  7. Seek guidance from community, including elders, for cultural pathways to healing.

  8. Demonstrate understanding and application of issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, crisis intervention, case management, and the social services professions.

  9. Remain current on SANE practices, protocols and requirements, and maintain proficiency in current trends, research, and developments in the field of trauma and sexual abuse.

  10. Work collaboratively and respectfully with CRCAC staff, and Puyallup Tribal Social and Justice Services staff, including Children’s Services, Community Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, Law Enforcement, and Prosecutor’s Offices through an MDT process.

  11. Demonstrate and apply understanding of child abuse issues in the context of “Indian Country”, particularly urban and rural Native American / Alaska Native contexts in and near Pierce, North Thurston, and South King Counties.

  12. Other duties as assigned.

                                      Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not supervise staff.


Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

1)      Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the State of Washington.

2)      Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN)

3)      AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

4)      Successful completion of Sexual Assault Examiner Training CORE and Advanced training through a Washington State approved provider, e.g., Harborview Medical Center, in accordance with  (additional training will be provided)

5)      Two or more years of significantly related experience in a nursing setting that provides SANE services, including experience in pediatric and adolescent health emergency care.

Language Skills

Employee must demonstrate the ability to interact tactfully and positively with Tribal members, all levels of staff and management. Ability to engage children of all ages and parents regarding sensitive subject matter.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of people.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as percentages, ratios, and proportions and apply them to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to develop logical and creative solutions to problems and be counted on to make sound decisions. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Additional Licenses or Certificates

Must pass a criminal background check; must not have any felony convictions.

Must have a valid Washington state driver’s license and proof of insurance.


Must be willing to attend training (Tribal, state or federal) and follow grant requirements including didactic SANE training and extensive orientation



Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Requires the ability to operate a personal computer, multi-line telephone, calculator, facsimile and photocopier.

  2. Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.

  3. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.

  4. The employee occasionally is required to stand and walk.

  5. The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

  6. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

  7. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. The noise level is low to moderate.

  2. The physical exertion is low to moderate.

  3. Work may be performed outside of typical business hours.

  4. Requires occasional travel using employee’s own transportation.


    The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law

Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • 3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA