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IAFN and the 2015 Awards Committee are asking for your help!
Our 2015 award nominations are at an all-time low and we are asking that you consider nominating someone for the following awards:
    Vision Award — nominee does not have to be an IAFN member. Click here to learn about the criteria for this award.

    Achievement Award — The nominee can be any IAFN member. Click here to learn about the criteria for this award.

    Ann Burgess Forensic Nursing Research Award — Nominee must be a current IAFN Regular member. Click here to learn about the criteria for this award.
The deadline to submit a nomination is May 31, 2015. Please think about that person who has supported you, encouraged & inspired you and nominate today!

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Call for poster abstracts — DEADLINE APPROACHING!
There is only one week left to submit your poster abstract for the 2015 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice!
To submit your abstract, click here. Deadline May 11

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INDUSTRY NEWS


What is the origin of Nurses Week?
By Joan Spitrey
Each year, Nurses Week begins on May 6 and runs through May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. This is a week where the worker bees of the healthcare world get some time in the spotlight. Many nurses look forward to the week of gifts, praises and a reminder of the greatness of nursing. But how did all this celebrating actually originate?
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Promoting justice and supporting survivors
The United States Department of Justice
Recently, the Office on Violence Against Women, along with many of our STOP State Administrators, joined survivors, advocates, law enforcement officers, government officials, and countless others in communities and campuses nationwide for Denim Day 2015. Denim Day originated in the 1990s in response to the Italian Supreme Court’s reversal of a rape conviction in which the Chief Judge argued: “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”
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Nurses crunch the numbers in quest to address some of healthcare's big challenges
Infection Control Today
More than 8 million healthcare workers are employed in settings where they are exposed to hazardous drugs by leaks, vapors, or residue. These can cause cancers, infertility, and other serious health problems. Up to 75 percent of antibiotics prescriptions in the U.S. are for upper respiratory infections (antibiotics work in only a fraction of these cases), with such misuse creating drug-resistant superbugs. At least 3.2 million Americans have hepatitis C and up to 85 percent don’t know they have a deadly but curable virus.
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Lovell, Illinois, FHCC supports SAFE kit scene
DIVIDS
Clinics and wards in the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center are typically filled with patients, nurses and various staff members moving purposefully from room to room providing patient care. There was a different scene, however, April 17, 2015, on the third floor of Building 134, as patients and staff were replaced with actors and a video crew.
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Mental Health Awareness Month aims to knock down stigma
By Jessica Taylor
Because of that stigma, it's harder for people who may need help to seek out the resources that are available to them. Since there’s no uniform treatment, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) states that untreated mental illness leads to more emergency department visits, hospitalizations, school failures, incarcerations, suicides and more suffering by individuals with mental illness and their families — and increases overall healthcare costs.
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Kansas community unites to provide care for victims of sexual assault
KSCB-TV
As Southwest Medical Center has been collaborating with local agencies and resources to bring specialized training to registered nurses in the Liberal area. “Southwest Medical Center’s values focus on providing high quality, respectful and accessible healthcare services to the people and neighbors of our community,” SWMC President and CEO, Bill Ermann, explained.
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Child abuse centers should get funding stream for forensic exams
The Lund Report
The Senate Human Services Committee swiftly and unanimously passed a bill requiring commercial insurers and the coordinated care organizations to compensate child abuse centers for forensic interviews and psychological treatment. House Bill 2234 builds upon a 2009 Oregon law that created 21 child abuse assessment centers to evaluate potential victims of child abuse in a scientific manner while assisting the children with psychological and medical needs.
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CDC: Nurses, assistants most injury prone in healthcare
McKnight's
Healthcare jobs have long been among the riskiest, most dangerous and injury-prone occupations around. Nurses and nurse assistants are the unluckiest among them, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the most costly injuries were musculoskeletal. In 2011, healthcare personnel experienced seven times the national rate of musculoskeletal disorders, compared with all other private sector workers, the CDC noted. It cited overweight/obese and acutely ill patients, high patient-to-nurse ratios, long shifts, and current efforts to mobilize patients almost immediately after medical interventions.
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Reno Rebirth profile: Donna Hellwinkel
Reno Gazette-Journal
Donna J. Hellwinkel, DDS, is a forensic odontologist for the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office. She is 59, a third-generation Nevadan born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno and raised in Minden. She graduated from Douglas County High School, Stanford University and the University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
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Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and the link to chronic diseases in later life
ACEs Connection
HRB-funded researchers at University College Cork have found people with multimorbidity (that is two or more chronic diseases at the same time) were more likely to report having adverse experiences in childhood than people without multimorbidity. The study is the first to show that ACEs are a specific concern in multimorbid patients. The research, just published in the journal Family Practice, involved 2,047 adults aged 50 to 69 years.
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Proving rape in court an uphill task
The New Indian Express
One of the most common arguments made against making marital rape a crime is that it is difficult to prove the offence before a court of law. Forensic experts Express spoke to also concur that there will be little forensic evidence that can be presented before the court against the accused, who will be the husband. The main reason? The couple may have shared the bed several times before.
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Local services increasing for sexual assault victims
Newton Daily News
Not only are more services becoming more available to people who might be victims of assaults, but also more or those services are being sought out by the public. Skiff Medical Center’s Emergency Director Heather Clayton said her department has already completed about 15 evidence collection kits so far in 2015, compared to about seven in all of 2014. Cassie Cumings-Peterson, the volunteer coordinator for Crisis Intervention Services, said her agency has already served three times as many Jasper County clients in the first 10 months of fiscal 2015 than it did in the previous 12 months.
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Doctors may be missing many cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia in women
The Washington Post
Doctors may be failing to detect large numbers of gonorrhea and chlamydia infections in women if they don't test patients' throats and rectums for the sexually transmitted diseases, researchers at Johns Hopkins University report. Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call for rectal and pharyngeal screening for the two infections only in HIV-infected men (and men at risk for HIV) who have sex with other men.
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Dr. Wecht: Never seen a spine injury with no bruises
Fox News Radio
Thursday on “The Alan Colmes Show,” Alan spoke with forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, who has performed thousands of autopsies and has been involved in numerous high-profile investigations. Alan asked Dr. Wecht to give his comments about the latest findings in the Freddie Gray case in regards to his injuries.
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Nurses say peer bullying is rampant — and patients pay the price
FierceHealthcare
As the issue of violence directed at healthcare workers gains ever more attention, research shows that nurses and doctors suffer some of the worst abuse at the hands of their own colleagues. At least 85 percent of nurses have been verbally abused by a fellow nurse, and some experts estimate that 1 in 3 nurses will consider quitting because of the bullying, Marie Claire reports.
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Women of Worth
L'Oréal Paris
L’Oréal Paris celebrates 10 years of honoring extraordinary women making a beautiful difference. Nominate an inspiring woman who is selflessly creating change in her community to be one of this year's Women of Worth.
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Sexual assault in the ranks remains a critical problem
USA Today
Sexual assault remains a stubborn scourge for the military with more than 20,000 incidents of unwanted sexual contact occurring in 2014, according to data released Friday by the Pentagon and the RAND Corp. The reports cover the same data released in December by the White House but delve into the issue in greater detail and validate the initial results.
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Human factors/cognitive bias in forensic science took center stage at February 2015 AAFS Meeting in Orlando
Pharmiweb
Human Factors/Cognitive Bias in Forensic Science Took Center Stage at February 2015 AAFS Meeting in OrlandoAAFS Fellow and BFDE Diplomate Andrew Sulner organized moderated and participated in the highly acclaimed Human Factors in Forensic Science Plenary Session kicking off the 67th annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting held in Orlando Florida during the third week of February.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    One-woman show to tackle date rape, assault (Kenosha News)
Lena Dunham gave a powerful speech about sexual assault (The Huffington Post)
The secret to creating nursing teams that soar (By Keith Carlson)
5 things about sexual assault kits (National Institute of Justice)

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