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Behind the decision making of the Sexual Assault Task Force
The Stanford Daily
Recently, the result of a year’s work by the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault was released in the form of a report of recommendations. We are thankful for the vast amount of input given by the student body to inform that work, demonstrated by the more than 80 meetings of the task force with experts, including 10 student-specific town halls and hundreds of emails with feedback and ideas for us to consider.
Fixing the gender gap in nursing pay
By Keith Carlson
According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, full-time female workers earned 78 cents on the dollar as compared to their male counterparts in 2013. So-called "pay parity" has long been on the minds of many stakeholders, but the rate of change in this regard has been woefully slow. Recently, a study published by the American Medical Association elucidated that men working as nurses earn considerably more than female nurses, even though men make up only 9 percent of the nursing workforce.
Reporting still a problem in military sex assault cases
April marks sexual assault awareness and prevention month, and nowhere is the issue more high profile these days than in the military.
Among the events in support of the issue is an exhibit that displays shoes representing victims who have reported a sexual assault at Fort Bliss.
Students suspended after charges in Panama City Beach sex assault
Two Alabama college students have been suspended after authorities discovered a cellphone video that allegedly shows them sexually assaulting a woman at a Florida beach while a large crowd of spring-break revelers watches.
Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen described the video as "very, very graphic" and called it the "most disgusting, sickening thing" he had ever seen. He said the footage shows several men surrounding an incapacitated woman on a beach chair.
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Recent trends in the nursing pipeline: US educated BSNs continue to increase
Health Affairs Blog
To become licensed as a registered nurse (RN), graduates of nursing programs must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Foreign RNs wanting to practice in the U.S. must also take and pass the NCLEX. Thus, the annual data on the number of NCLEX exam takers and passers is a good metric of the nursing pipeline that will impact the future supply of nurses.
Wolf Administration increases sexual assault prevention education
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), through a grant agreement with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), is working to raise awareness around sexual violence and provide prevention education to individuals and communities.
In his 2015-16 budget, Governor Wolf proposed a 10 percent increase in rape crisis programs and services to protect the victims and educate communities about the effects of sexual assault.
3 must-have skills for nurse leaders
In an era of increased physician leadership due to factors such as changing reimbursement and delivery systems, both doctors and nurses have more influence on the broader workings of the healthcare industry than ever, but that will require a different range of skills, according to a Harvard Business Review column.
Success at the leadership level requires three major skills, writes Sachin H. Jain, M.D., chief medical officer at CareMore Health System.
State forensics lab records 10,000th DNA databank hit
Recently, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that the state's Department of Forensic Science recorded its 10,000th data bank hit in March.
The DNA evidence was linked to a 2014 sexual assault case in Northern Virginia that is still under investigation, the governor's office said. “DNA Data Banks have become a 21st century crime-fighting tool, and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science has been at the forefront in using it to keep our citizens safe,” said McAuliffe.
Local bartenders learn to prevent sexual assault
A workshop was held to encourage bartenders and wait staff to have an active role in ending sexual assault and harassment at local bars.
Participants learned tips on advocating for survivors and pro-social methods of intervening before, during and after incidents of violence occur.
Discussions included concrete tools for how to create a safe space for someone experiencing sexual assault and specific plans for a bar setting.
Activists march for sexual assault awareness
The Brown Daily Herald
A swarm of about 40 students dressed in teal shirts converged on the Main Green Sunday to raise awareness about sexual assault at Brown in the second annual March Against Sexual Assault. The students, whose shirts read “not on our campus,” paraded around and chanted slogans during the event, which was organized by Stand Up!, a group that works to prevent sexual assault on campus.
Why nurses need Twitter
The Huffington Post (opinion)
As scientists, early and mid-career academics, practicing nurses, and educators, we don't have a lot of free time. But we wouldn't be any of these things, nor be proficient at them, if we didn't keep in touch with the communities that undergrid everything we do. Twitter turns out to be the most powerful tool we have to do this.
We each joined Twitter because we found ourselves ranting in front of our computers, over some scientific misconstruction in the media. We wanted a place to put these thoughts. We didn't set out to gather followers, and we didn't set out to position ourselves as the authority on anything — not even #nursing.
It seems that there are a lot of folks on Twitter doing the same.
Sexual-assault survivors film video to raise awareness
Survivors of sexual assault have filmed a public service announcement in hopes of raising awareness of sexual violence.
Nine men and women from across Indiana gathered Sunday on the campus of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute. Each read a statement that began with the words "I am" while being filmed.
The messages included "I am hope," ''I am unbreakable" and "I am alive."
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