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Calling all non-members who demonstrate consistent support and leadership of the IAFN and the practice of Forensic Nursing. Have you or someone you know contributed to the development of educational programs that teach and promote forensic nursing and have shown on-going support of Forensic Nursing by disseminating information throughout the community? Well now is the perfect time to say thank you by nominating yourself or that person you know for the IAFN Vision Award.
A couple weeks left to apply for the Foundation Scholarship Program!
The Foundation Scholarship Program provides financial assistance for members and other forensic nurses around the world who might otherwise be unable to attend the organization’s annual International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice.
Apply Online or Via Paper — download and fill out the PDF fillable application then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 410-626-7804 attention Audrey.
Deadline April, 22.
This year's Annual Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida Oct. 28-31, 2015 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.
Still Time for the 2015 ANF Nursing Research Grants
IAFN is collaborating with the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) to offer a $5,000 research grant to a forensic nurse researcher. The grant application is open to all of IAFN's members.
This award is part of the 2015 Nursing Research Grants which offers nursing research awards to beginner and experienced nurse researchers. Information about all of the awards is available at: GIVETONURSING.ORG. The application deadline is May 1.
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Nurse helps sexual assault survivors heal, move on
The Associated Press via The Washington Times
Linda Walther has been a registered nurse for four decades, but it’s in the past eight years that she’s found her calling: working with survivors of sexual assault.
“If I had found that job 20 years ago, I think I would have been able to do so much more in my career as a sexual assault nurse examiner,” Walther said, standing in an exam room at Hennepin County Medical Center. “It’s really my passion and what I love doing.”
Law enforcement agencies testing bullet casings quicker
The Associated Press via Officer.com
Detectives in Denver were on the hunt for an increasingly brazen shooter.
A burglar fired through a woman's dining room window when she threatened to call police. Ten minutes later and a mile away, someone broke into another home and shot a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Officers scooped up the bullet casings and wondered where he would strike next.
CNOs remain uncertain about DNP-prepared nurses
In 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing released a position statement recommending that "entry into practice" education for advanced practice nurses be raised from a master's degree to the doctoral level by 2015. Nurses with practice doctorates were rare at that time. According to AACN data, only three schools offered doctorate of nursing practice programs and there were only seven DNP graduates when the statement was released.
Though the 2015 goal hasn't been met — many schools still educate APRNs at the traditional master's level — the number of DNP programs and graduates has increased enormously over the past decade.
Forensic experts start exhuming Isis mass graves in Tikrit
The People's Daily Morning Star
THE bodies of prisoners murdered by Islamic State (Isis) authorities in Tikrit are being exhumed by forensic experts, an Iraqi government spokesman said.
Retrieving of corpses from mass graves in the city began recently.
The dead are thought to include hundreds of captured soldiers.
Over 1,700 government troops were caught when the city fell to Isis last year and the terrorist army later released videos showing its fighters executing many as they lay gagged and bound in ditches.
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Believing sexual assault survivors
The Daily Iowan
Community members now receive encouragement to support survivors by simply believing them when they say they have been sexually assaulted.
The Johnson County Sexual Assault Response Team, a coalition of several agencies — including assault nurse examiners, rape-victim advocates, and local police — launched the Start by Believing campaign locally during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
British forensics expert shapes the future of Holocaust research
The Times of Israel
When she was 21, Caroline Sturdy Colls set her sights on what seemed an unobtainable goal: to conduct archeological research at Treblinka, the former Nazi death camp in Poland where up to 900,000 Jews were murdered.
As a graduate student in archeology, Sturdy Colls looked to Treblinka as the ultimate in situ crime scene for her masters’ thesis. Inspired by Holocaust survivors she’d met while growing up, the budding scientist wanted to apply relatively new, non-invasive forensic methods to uncovering evidence at the notorious killing field.
Sold by their mothers: Shining a light on the child sex trade in Cambodia
When Kieu was 12, her mother asked her to take a job. But not just any job. Kieu was first examined by a doctor, who issued her a "certificate of virginity." She was then delivered to a hotel, where a man raped her for two days.
In 2013, the Freedom Project went to Cambodia with Oscar-winning actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador against Human Trafficking, Mira Sorvino. The result was "Every Day in Cambodia: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary," which looked at child sex trafficking in the country.
Public comment on draft ANA position statement: Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence
The ANA Workplace Violence and Incivility Professional Issues Panel seeks public comments on the draft ANA position statement: Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence. It is anticipated that this statement will assist registered nurses and employers with understanding, defining, and mitigating/eliminating incivility, bullying and violence in the workplace. Nurses, students and other stakeholders are invited to review and comment on this document.
Isis mass graves: Iraqi forensic teams recover remains of 1,700 military cadets slaughtered by militants near Tikrit
Mass graves containing the bodies of 1,700 Iraqi military cadets who were slaughtered by Isis fighters last June are being opened by Iraqi forensic teams who have gained access to them since the capture of the nearby city of Tikrit.
Blue-suited forensic teams were shown by Iraqi television digging in an open area, helped by bulldozers, as family members stood nearby.
100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
The 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare awards & recognition program honors individuals in healthcare who are deemed by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact. This program allows for readers to vote for their top choices and selected winners will be published in Modern Healthcare's annual ranking.
Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crime Prevention Act
The United States Department of Justice
The enactment of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in October 2009 marked a critical step forward in our battle against bias-motivated violence. The act expanded the jurisdictional reach of federal investigators and prosecutors, provided resources to local authorities to assist them in the prosecution of hate crimes and, for the first time in federal law, established protections for persons targeted for violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
When you hear the word “forensics” you tend to think of cadavers being autopsied to figure out the causes of and circumstances around the deaths. There have been a number of television series developed around forensics, modern versions of older detective whodunit programs.
In recent years, advances in genetics have been used in forensics. The study called forensic genetics has many applications.
Shoe dunnit: Burglars being nabbed by new forensic evidence found in their footprints
More than 70 burglars have been caught by detectives using cutting-edge technology that allows officers to match suspects’ shoeprints quickly to the scenes of crime.
Police keep a database of more than 50,000 past offenders’ shoeprints as well as fingerprints and DNA samples.
Now, thanks to a breakthrough, Scotland Yard officers can scan the prints of a suspect’s shoes in just two minutes and compare them with prints on the database.
Data is no less secure even as HIPAA enforcement is here
By Lindy Benton
The headlines are endless and ever-growing: Healthcare data is at risk.
Exposure is happening because a scourge of people worldwide is illegally trying to benefit from the information; because of improper protection of sensitive information; or because of some other sort of breach. However, despite continued efforts to address security loopholes across the sector, simply "taking action" to mitigate damage is not an effective strategy, and it won't work long term.
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