A bill that would direct the WSU College of Nursing to provide sexual assault nurse examiner training was voted out of the Senate last night with a unanimous 47-0 vote. House Bill 1622, sponsored by Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, cleared the House in late January with a unanimous 97-0 vote.

If signed by the governor and funded in the operating budget agreement now being negotiated, the College of Nursing would establish a training program to prepare nurses to become certified as sexual assault nurse examiners. The training would include online didactic instruction and on-site training providing enough simulation experience to qualify participants for SANE certification. This would enhance training availabilities in Eastern Washington with simulation programing located in Spokane in the first year and expanding to Yakima in the second year of implementation.

Last night’s floor debate can be viewed below.