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The birth of the South African Nursing Forensic Nursing Association
Professor Sinegugu Duma, current Secretary for the South African Forensic Nursing Association
This article introduces the newly established South African Forensic Nursing Association (SAFNA) to the nursing profession. It describes the process that was followed from inception to the final establishment of SAFNA. The achievements and the challenges are listed while SAFNA looks ahead to a positive future where the victims and survivors of crime and violence will be served by qualified and formally recognised forensic nurses in this country.
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Putting the Fun in FUNding
The SANE Sustainability Blog highlighted the funding tools within the SANE Sustainability Mobile app. They have also included versions of some of the tools on the NSVRC website.
SAFEta Webinar: Human Trafficking: What every nurse should know
Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST
Rachell A. Ekroos PhC APRN-BC AFN-BC will present a dynamic webinar on the medical screening, assessment interventions and referrals that are necessary for victims of human trafficking. Register today!
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Register today for NSO's complimentary webinar, earn CNE credit!
NSO’s webinar, to be held March 6, 2015 at 1 p.m. ET, will explore indemnity and expenses for professional liability claims on behalf of nurses insured under the CNA/NSO program during a five-year period. This program will describe top allegations made against nurses in malpractice lawsuits as well as patient injuries and outcomes. Using this information, nurses can examine their own current practices in relation to the allegations of malpractice in relation to claims and losses experienced by their peers. Selected claims asserted against nurses will be discussed. Click here to register today!
Helping nurses handle their professional stress
The Huffington Post
Outnumbering physicians six to one, nurses spend more time with patients and in many ways they are the heart of American healthcare. And with medical insurance now expanded to cover millions of new patients, the pressure on nurses (as all of healthcare) is growing.
One concern is the long shifts (12- and 13-hour workdays are common), which among some nurses are popular, because it may mean fewer days per week. But the extended shifts are also associated with increased levels of burnout and patient dissatisfaction. And that's a real concern.
CDC sees increase in emergency care, ambulatory EHR adoption
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a survey that shows an increase in emergency and ambulatory EHR adoption between 2006 to 2011. It was found that, by 2011, 84 percent of hospital emergency departments (EDs) and 76 percent of outpatient departments used an EHR system.
In fact, EHR adoption rose from 19 percent in 2007 to 54 percent in 2011 among EDs. Additionally, more outpatient facilities began focusing on Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements.
2015 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Campus Responses
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Maine tribes seek authority to try domestic violence cases
Portland Press Herald
The Penobscot and Passamaquoddy tribes are seeking new powers for their courts to try cases involving domestic violence committed by non-tribal members on their reservations, setting the stage for yet another dispute with state authorities over the scope of tribal authority in Maine.
The proposed law – L.D. 268 – gives the tribes jurisdiction “over violations of a tribal ordinance” on their territories by “a person who is not a member of either tribe or nation in accord with and to the extent authorized by federal law.”
Integrating a Trauma-Informed Response in Violence Against Women and Human Trafficking Prosecutions
Viktoria Kristiansson, JD and Charlene Whitman-Barr, JD
The most significant injuries suffered by victims of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and human trafficking are often those least visible. This STRATEGIES will describe a trauma-informed approach to responding to these crimes and discuss practices where such an approach has already been incorporated, highlighting areas where continued, additional integration is necessary. This article will also identify gaps in the application of the approach, specifically in reference to other co-occurring, violence against women and human trafficking crimes, and suggest strategies to more effectively integrate trauma-informed investigative and prosecutorial practices. Click here to continue reading.
Testing Houston rape kit backlog yields 850 DNA matches
Like many U.S. cities, Houston found itself harboring a large cache of untested "rape kits," the medical forensic evidence collected from sexual assault victims. But since 2013, the city has focused on finally clearing this backlog of potential DNA evidence — more than 6,600 untested rape kits, some dating back decades — with encouraging results.
Testing the kits has turned up 850 hits from the FBI's criminal forensic database, thus far leading to charges against 29 individuals and six convictions, the city announced.
More than 1,000 requests rrom colleges for screenings of 'The Hunting Ground'
The Huffington Post
More than 1,000 requests from colleges and universities have come in to host screenings of "The Hunting Ground," a new documentary examining how higher education institutions handle sexual assault on campus, the filmmakers told The Huffington Post.
Fifty-two higher education institutions already confirmed with RADiUS, the film's distributor, that they will host screenings on their campuses.
Penn Law profs revolt over sex assault rules
The Daily Beast
When the White House announced a new national campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses last year, the treatment of victims was the chief concern. But now, after a more than a year filled with a flurry of campus reforms, some university faculty are increasingly worried about a different party: the accused.
The rights of students accused of sexual assault are increasingly scrutinized as colleges begin to implement new reforms to make it easier to report and respond to sexual assault.
Using Next-Generation Sequencing to ID Remains
The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory’s Emerging Technologies Section is leading the way in developing new strategies and technologies to identify exceptionally challenging DNA samples submitted to the lab. This presentation, first shown at the Genome ID Forum in September 2014, gives an overview of the laboratory’s new Next-Generation Sequencing instrumentation and protocol development, and its impact on sample processing.
Watch the video online.
To see the other presentations from the Genome ID forum, visit NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence.
Oregon accessed campus counseling records of victim allegedly raped by 3 basketball players to use against her in court
The Big Lead
Last May, three Oregon basketball players — Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin — were dismissed from the team after a police report detailing multiple gang rape incidents at a party emerged. The DA declined to prosecute the case, but said, “While there is no doubt the incidents occurred, the conflicting statements and actions by the victim make this case unprovable as a criminal case.”
2015 Nurse in Washington Internship
The Nursing Organizations Alliance
The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence healthcare 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.
Celebrate Certified Nurses on March 19
Certified Nurses Day™ honors nurses worldwide who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty. A registered nurse (RN) license allows nurses to practice. Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill, and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing. Every March 19, employers, certification boards, education facilities, and healthcare providers celebrate and publicly acknowledge nurses who care enough to earn and maintain the highest credentials in their specialty.
Grant provides care for assault victims with forensic nurses
Missoula City, Montana, Council agrees unanimously to use grant money to help victims, and prosecute perpetrators, of sexual assault.
Missoula got a federal grant for $300,000 from a program meant to encourage arrest policies and enforcement of protection orders. More than $41,000 of that grant will go toward First Step Resource Center. That's where those who have been abused can get medical evaluations and forensic interviews.
Maricopa County domestic-violence deaths drop after policy change
More domestic-violence cases are being prosecuted and fewer domestic-violence victims are dying in Arizona in recent years, and Maricopa County prosecutors believe the trends could be due to the office's approach to suspects who strangle their victims.
Prosecutors implemented a program to collect more evidence in domestic-violence strangulation cases in 2012, and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said more than 60 percent of domestic-violence cases involving strangulation have been prosecuted since the change.
Spartanburg Medical Center curse receives Spartanburg County Solicitor's Award
Nurse Kelli Clune saw a need in the Spartanburg community for forensic nurses and made it happen. Because of her work, she was recently awarded the “Bill Barnet Service Above Self Award.”
“I was shocked, amazed and humbled,” Clune said. “I don’t see what I do as extraordinary; I just saw a need and started doing it.”
Clune is the coordinator for the Spartanburg Medical Center (SMC) Forensic Nursing program. She was recognized by the 7th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office for her care of crime victims during difficult times and her ability to effectively testify during criminal court proceedings.
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