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Last Call 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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Online SANE Sustainability Offering 8 CEs
This 8 hour Online SANE Sustainability course is taught by nationally recognized experts Jennifer Pierce‐Weeks, RN, SANE‐A, SANE‐P and Jenifer Markowitz ND, RN,WHNP‐BC, SANE‐A. The course will provide education on issues of program sustainability, including budgeting, staffing, and collaboration, as well as ongoing capacity building to SANE Program Managers.
2015 SAFEta Webinar Series: Title IX for Forensic Nurses
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time: 2 to 3:30 P.M. EASTERN TIME
This 90-minute webinar will introduce participants to Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments and help them understand how forensic nurses might be called upon during schools’ sexual misconduct proceedings.
Study: A minority of women seek health care after military sexual assault
Despite growing public awareness of sexual assault of women during their military service and increased efforts by the Department of Defense to deter sexual crimes and encourage reporting and help-seeking, a Veterans Affairs study suggests most female service members who experience sexual assault are still unlikely to seek post-assault health care, at least in the short term.
Crime science: Separating the DNA of identical twins
United Press International
Professor Plum did it — in the study with the lead pipe. Or was it Professor Plum's identical twin? Previously, it was too hard and too expensive to separate the DNA of identical twins, but new research has offered hope to forensic scientists. Prosecution is often dropped in cases largely reliant on DNA evidence when the suspect is an identical twin. The risk of convicting the wrong twin is too great.
The secret to creating nursing teams that soar
By Keith Carlson
As a relatively new nurse manager, I'm considering the ways in which I can powerfully inspire my team of nurses to be as functional, dynamic and cohesive as possible. It's clear that 21st-century nurses love strong leadership, but they also like to feel trusted and empowered. It's up to a nurse manager to walk a line that provides both. I serve as the director of nursing and chief nursing officer of a small home health agency, and we're poised to grow at a rapid rate in the next 12 to 18 months. Thus, creating a culture that we can maintain and nurture even as we grow is important to us.
Your favorite TV crime-stoppers are using junk science
The FBI’s embarrassing revelation that flawed microscopic hair analysis overstated findings that were used in 95 percent of the criminal cases they reviewed over two decades is just the tip of the bad-evidence iceberg. The faulty analyses, which contributed to prosecutions that led to 32 death sentences, were found in a review of 342 cases — the FBI still has to review 1,200 more to find out just how many cases may have been incorrectly prosecuted, potentially leading to wrongful incarceration or execution, according to The Washington Post.
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For California universities, sexual assault investigations spur policy changes
It’s been almost a year since the largest impartial review of university sexual assault policy was published by the California State Auditor last June.
Spurred by a unanimous, bipartisan vote in the state’s legislative committee in the wake of a federal Clery suit against the University of California-Berkeley, the 113-page report outlined gaping holes in the sexual assault policies of University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Los Angeles, California State University-Chico and San Diego State University.
State's forensic laboratory plans to be 'reactivated'
Plans to provide a modern laboratory for Forensic Science Ireland have been aborted or postponed repeatedly over the last 15 years. Last March, the head of the service stated in the Oireachtas that the agency was in “crisis” in terms of its facilities and staffing levels.
FSI director Sheila Willis told the Oireachtas Justice Committee that in her 35 years working in the service there seemed to be “no systematic planning” by successive governments and departments as to its work.
Can states improve children's health by preventing abuse and neglect?
On May 5, Princeton University and the Brookings Institution will release the spring 2015 issue of The Future of Children. The title of the issue is “Policies to Promote Child Health.” Also released on May 5 will be a policy brief on improving child health by improving programs for families that have committed child abuse or neglect or are at risk for doing so. The policy brief examines whether states should be given more flexibility in spending the nearly $7.5 billion the federal government now provides to states in funds that are designated almost exclusively to pay for out-of-home care.
Lena Dunham gave a powerful speech about sexual assault
The Huffington Post
"When I was raped, I felt powerless."
That's what Lena Dunham had to say when she opened up about her alleged sexual assault, speaking at Variety's Power of Women 2015 lunch.
Dunham, who wrote in her memoir that she was raped by a fellow undergraduate at Oberlin College, described how she felt in the aftermath of being assaulted, and how that experience has shaped her.
National Nurses Week 2015 Webinar: My Patient, My Code, My Practice: Ethical Decision-making and Action — MAY 7
How often are you dealing with an ethical situation – and aren't sure what action to take? Do you feel dragged down by the weight of tough decisions that you have to make for your patients? Nurses face ethical dilemmas related to patient care and its practice on a daily basis. Dealing with these ethical situations requires finding the best option and acting to resolve the issue. Success is often dependent on a supportive work environment and without it, nurses often feel a high level of moral distress and fatigue.
Female pedophiles more prevalent than conviction rates suggest, leading forensic psychologist says
Joe Sullivan has spent 26 years counseling child sex offenders in the United Kingdom and is visiting Australia to attend an international police conference at Bond University on the Gold Coast.
While experts agree the majority of pedophiles are men, Dr. Sullivan says women are responsible for more offenses than previously thought.
"What I can say for certain is that it's way more prevalent than people fully appreciate or understand," he told the ABC.
"There's some research to suggest it could be as high as 25 percent.
City mountaineers survive avalanche, some help in rescue efforts in Nepal
The tremors in Nepal on Saturday may not have been felt in Pune city but several families are feeling the aftershocks, for their loved ones are on an expedition to Nepal. Two teams of mountaineers from Pune are now in Nepal. One of them was in the line of an avalanche triggered by the quake and survived it by taking refuge under rocks. The second team camping in Kathmandu, supposed to start its expedition on Monday, is lending a helping hand in rescue efforts.
One-woman show to tackle date rape, assault
A one-woman show aims to help educate young people about the threat of drink spiking and drug-facilitated sexual assault.
“Dissolve,” a nationally recognized, “hilarious and heartbreaking” performance, will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
It follows a college girl on a night out, moving from bedrooms to bars, with a flurry of comedic and compelling characters.
Male nurses are on the rise — filling a need and making a living
Is the trend of men going into nursing — and getting paid at a higher rate — an unlikely result of the women’s rights movement? When an alcoholic gets unruly during detox, the nurses at UnityPoint Health-Trinity in Rock Island, Illinois, know who on their team to call.
Or if an elderly man with dementia gets combative and starts screaming at his wife, this team member can help, too.
Missoula upgrading program to help sexual assault victims
The University of Montana and the city of Missoula are updating a program started three years ago to help aid victims of sexual assault
The city is upgrading "It's Your Call 911," which gives sexual assault victims the resources they need to get help, after getting feedback from students and others.
Creators of RapeJoke PSA aim to reshape conversation about sexual assault
"What were you wearing?" "Are you sure it was rape?" "Did you fight back?" These are among the questions that the creators of a new advocacy campaign never want to hear asked of a sexual assault victim.
The creators of RapeJoke.com were victims of sexual violence who say their overall message is that sexual assault victims should not be treated like fragile freaks, because it suggests that rape isn't a common occurrence. In their video, they also implore viewers to believe people who say they've been raped.
5 things about sexual assault kits
National Institute of Justice
Investments in research have dramatically improved the science of forensic DNA testing and our understanding of sexual assault kits. With continued scientific investment, NIJ believes testing will become faster and cost less and that systems can be put into place to improve the way evidence is tracked. Scientific investments will also help professionals identify practices that lead to the best ways for investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases.
DC told to suspend in-house DNA testing
The Washington Times
A national accreditation board that oversees forensic laboratories has ordered the District to suspend in-house DNA testing at its crime lab following completion of an audit that found staff lacked training and were using inadequate procedures.
The audit completed by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board was troubling to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who noted that the Department of Forensic Sciences is part of a new 351,000-square-foot facility that opened in 2012.
Faces of courage, voices of change
Surrey Women's Centre
To celebrate National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, we are sharing words of courage and using our voices for change.
Faces of Courage: Voices of Change weaves together the stories of women escaping violence and the many people who work behind-the-scenes to empower them.
It is a tribute to all the lives touched by violence.
Letter: Goal of ND bill is to help victims
I have been a registered nurse for the past 20 years, a certified sexual assault nurse examiner for 12 of those years, and the executive director of the Central Dakota Forensic Nurse Examiners located in Bismarck, for the past year.
A SANE nurse is a registered nurse specially trained in the care of sexual assault victims.
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.
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