Community Q&A: A Day in the Life of a SANE Nurse

May 9, 2022 @ 10:30AM — 11:30AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

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Community Q&A: A Day in the Life of a SANE Nurse

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Nurse looks like? Join us for this community based Q&A event to learn just that, as well as other information pertaining to specialized nursing and human trafficking from two subject matter experts, Sandy Parker and Heather Tripp. We want to hear from you! Please come with questions, or feel free to email your questions prior to the event to Alexa Bianchi from the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking at

Subject Matter Experts:

Sandy Parker

Sandy Parker grew up in the North Hill area of Akron, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Carmel College of Nursing and spent much of her nursing career in North Carolina. While in Fayetteville, North Carolina Sandy branched off into a law enforcement career and worked as a patrol officer and court bailiff. In 2009, Sandy returned to her Ohio roots and received a masters degree in forensic nursing from Cleveland State University. She served as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Coordinator at Wooster Community Hospital from 2012-2019 and also worked as a probate court investigator for guardianship cases in Wayne County. Ms. Parker served as Director of Hope & Healing Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties from 2019-2021. She is currently a full-time nursing faculty member at Fortis College in Cuyahoga Falls. She has been actively involved in the fight for legislation on strangulation and suffocation in Ohio, testifying at legislative hearings for the past seven years. Sandy currently resides in Doylestown with her husband and goldendoodle and enjoys visiting her family and friends in North Carolina.

Heather Tripp

Heather Tripp is the Assistant Nurse Manager of the Forensic Nursing Program at Cleveland Clinic’s Main Campus. Prior to becoming a nurse, Heather worked with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center for nine years as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and holds a B.A.Sc. in Psychology from Cleveland State University. Heather began her nursing career in 2016, starting out on a Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit specializing in heart and lung transplants while completing her Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) training and working PRN for Fairview’s SANE program. Currently, she facilitates a 2-Day SANE-A clinical skills training workshop and is both SANE-A and SANE-P certified. She received her BSN from Ohio University and completed the Master of Education for Health Professions Education (MEHPE) a collaborative program between Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Clinic in 2020.

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