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SAFEta Webinar: Human Trafficking: What every nurse should know
Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
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Prince Charles and Camilla to undertake four day visit of the United States
During her Washington, D.C., trip, the Duchess will attend a meeting of the District of Columbia’s Sexual Assault Response Team (S.A.R.T.) at the Department of Forensic Sciences.
Compassionate Care for Victims of Rape
North Dakota Government
An important bill for victims of sexual assault is making its way through the North Dakota legislature. SB2284, Compassionate Care for Victims of Rape bill, would provide funding for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) across the state. Please reach out to your Senator to ask for their support of the bill.
Attack of the bite mark matchers
The Washington Post
There were red flags that bite mark analysis was flawed even as the first cases in the 1970s secured its use in the courtroom. For example, a 1975 study asked bite mark analysts to match bite marks made in pig skins under optimal laboratory conditions to the teeth that were used to make the marks. The error rate was 24 percent. When the analysts were asked to make their matches from photos of the marks taken 24 hours later — as is often done in criminal cases — they were wrong nine out of 10 times.
National Nurses Week 2015 Resource Toolkit
Act now to celebrate National Nurses Week 2015 in your organization. The National Nurses Week Toolkit is a useful ANA resource that provides you with additional ways to recognize and promote your nursing staff's professional skills and abilities.
Lily Pad Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Center receives $20,000 donation from New York Life
Additional funding has come in to help keep the doors of a needed service open.
#The Lily Pad Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Center received a $20,000 donation on recently from New York Life that is expected to go toward the center’s operating costs and outreach efforts. Mary Martinez-Allen, executive director and forensic interviewer for the center, said New York Life has a foundation that allows non-profits to apply for funding. The agency applied for the funding last year.
Forensic expert calls for caution at crime scenes
While police have been praised for their work in forensic services, forensic scientist expert David Klatzow says crime scenes need to be handled with more care.
Klatzow says if the scenes are tampered with it becomes hard to solve crimes.
Diversity in the Workplace: Delivering Culturally Competent Care — Webinar
In order to most effectively meet the needs of a culturally diverse patient population, nurses must address many of the healthcare challenges that face the populations they serve. Healthcare workers strive to provide the best care possible to every patient that walks through their doors. An integral part of providing that high level of care is meeting the patient where they are, connecting with them in a way that is comfortable and familiar.
2015 Nurse in Washington Internship
The Nursing Organizations Alliance
The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory processes. Participants learn from health policy experts and government officials, network with other nurses, and gain hands-on experience through scheduling visits and meeting with their members of Congress. Legislative “asks” will be provided for the attendees to practice with and present in their meetings with their members of Congress.
NIWI is open to any RN or nursing student interested in an orientation to the legislative process.
Has forensic science made it impossible to commit the perfect crime?
The Yorkshire Post
Has forensic science made it impossible to commit the perfect crime? Sarah Freeman meets a leading professor who always tries to be one step ahead.
Sitting quietly in his office, Professor Wesley Vernon occasionally thinks about how to commit the perfect murder. So far all he has come up with is, ‘get as far away as possible for the crime scene’ and ‘pay someone to pay someone to pay someone to do it for you’. It’s not exactly the plot of a Hollywood thriller, but then he knows just how difficult it is to get away with murder these days.
Skin of color: A basic outline of unique differences
The Nurse Practitioner
Darker skin differs from white skin in presentation, a tendency toward pronounced scarring, and pathophysiology of skin diseases common to those with skin of color. Recent studies highlight differences beyond the surface, which include issues of treatment, scar formation, collagen production, basic structure and skin cancer development.
FDA warns about medical scopes after 'superbug' bacteria hits UCLA hospital
The Washington Post
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned doctors and hospitals around the country that a commonly used medical scope could be difficult to clean and “may facilitate the spread of deadly bacteria.”
The agency’s warning comes after seven patients were infected and two died from a drug-resistant “superbug” at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center. Public health authorities are tracking down at least 179 other patients who might have been exposed to the dangerous bacteria through the use of contaminated medical scopes.
Same-sex partnership rights: Healthcare decision making and hospital visitation
Although progress toward ensuring the rights of same-sex partners to visit and make decisions regarding the care of a hospitalized partner or partner's child has been made, policies and guidelines are inconsistently applied and sometimes completely ignored. Denying these rights is a violation of human rights and is detrimental of to the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
Law professors say UPenn's sexual assault policy is unfair to accused rapists
Sixteen University of Pennsylvania law professors have written a letter blasting the school's sexual misconduct policy, arguing recent rule changes have made the process unfair to students accused of sexual assault.
In the letter, posted online by the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog, the UPenn professors criticize policy guidelines from the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights for stripping away protections for accused students, as well as sidestepping the typical lawmaking process.
Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam Payment Map
Many professionals have questions about the laws in their own state or territory regarding forensic compliance and payment for sexual assault medical forensic exams. Answers can be found in a document entitled, Summary of Laws & Guidelines: Payment of Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations. This document was created by AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, in collaboration with EVAWI and support from the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. It was published in August of 2012.
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