Forensic Nurses Week Announcement


As Forensic Nurses Week comes to an end, Avalon Centre wants to further acknowledge the important contributions that forensic nurses provide through the Avalon Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program by making an important announcement about the Avalon SANE Coordinator Role.


Susan Wilson is a registered nurse who has been an on-call SANE with the Avalon SANE Program for almost 17 years and has coordinated the program for over 10 years. Much of Susan’s almost 30 years of nursing has been focused on trauma nursing including critical care, death investigation, and sexual assault. Susan also developed the Forensic Nursing course at Saint Francis Xavier University and also teaches the course. We wish to announce that Susan has recently been seconded by the Nova Scotia Health Authority to coordinate the Nova Scotia Provincial SANE Program. This role will include assisting with the implementation of new SANE Programs in the Eastern (Cape Breton) and Western (South Shore, Annapolis Valley, and Digby/Yarmouth/Shelburne) zones.


As Susan steps into the Provincial SANE Coordinator Role, we welcome Chantelle Murphy as the new Coordinator of the Avalon SANE Program. Along with being an on-call SANE with the Avalon program, Chantelle brings to the role over 19 years of experience as a registered nurse, including 7 years as a nurse and Team Lead in the Birth Unit at the IWK. Congratulations to both Susan and Chantelle in their new roles. We are pleased for the opportunity to continue to work with and learn from Susan in her capacity as the Provincial SANE Coordinator and look forward to Chantelle’s leadership and direction in continuing the success of the Avalon SANE Program.