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Last Call for Nominations
Each year we seek to identify and recognize those individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement, growth, and success of forensic nursing and/or the Association through various awards. 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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IAFN Calendar of Events
Here you can find out about upcoming forensic events. Some events (sponsored by IAFN) may allow for online registration and the ticket purchase. Click the event name to view more details. To list your event with us, complete this form.
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Sexual Assault Resource Center seeking compassionate victim advocates
The Eagle
For about 24 hours a month, Brooke Conrad volunteers her time to manning a sexual assault hotline or accompanying survivors of sexual violence to the hospital, police station or courthouse. "You're meeting them at what is possibly the worst moment in their lives, and you are doing whatever you can do to make it a little better, whether that's giving them information or telling them they're not alone and that life is going to get better," Conrad said of her role as a Sexual Assault Resource Center advocate.
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Work-life balance in healthcare: Realign your priorities
By Catherine Iste
As a healthcare professional, your work requires you to be there for others, but how can you do that effectively if you haven't taken care of yourself? Now that you are acutely aware of where your hours go, it's time to look at what you can do realign your time with your priorities. Lisa Cole, MS, RN, FNP, has spent more than 35 years in the healthcare industry. Her current business, Re-Source, focuses on helping people live and die well via lifestyle change, patient advocacy and care coordination. Through her work, Cole has learned three areas that can help reduce stress now and help you be more present as a caregiver.
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No human trafficking camps left in Thai south, police say
Channel News Asia
Thai police said on Monday there were no human trafficking camps left in southern Thailand following a month-long crackdown and the discovery of seven camps in mountainous jungle near the Thai-Malaysian border.
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The importance of preventing burnout among physicians and nurses
Hospitals & Health Networks
Imagine this scenario: You are a hospital CEO walking the halls of your facility when you overhear a group of physicians or nurses talking about the stress, exhaustion and frustration of their jobs and the system. One of them states without hesitation that she can't wait to leave the profession entirely, and would make sure her son or daughter never considered medicine as a career. Would you have faith that she could devote her full attention to administering care to your patients?
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The germ at the scene of the crime
Cosmos Magazine
The germs you pick up at a crime scene may one day land you in jail. Microbiologist Jack Gilbert and his team at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago have shown that bacteria clinging to the sole of your shoe could be a microscopic smoking gun that tells crime scene investigators where you’ve been. They report their work in Microbiome in May.
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5 tips to help nurses improve patient education skills
Global Healthcare
In today’s healthcare environment, nurses must provide patient education as part of routine care to improve the likelihood of positive outcomes. “There is a new emphasis on better discharge planning, patient self-management of chronic disease, and patient engagement, said Beth Stuckey, RN, MS, CNE, assistant professor, nursing at American Sentinel University. “Patient education is critical to all of these initiatives and nurses need to know what works and what doesn’t, when it comes to shaping patient behavior.”
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Top universities fail to record sexual violence against students
The Guardian
Fewer than half of elite universities in Britain are monitoring the extent of sexual violence against students. Seven of the 24 Russell Group universities said they do not systematically record allegations of rapes, sexual assaults and sexual harassment, while a further seven record only some according to a series of freedom of information requests.
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Under the microscope: Comparing mammalian spermatozoa morphologies for sexual assault cases
Forensic Magazine
Forensic sexual assault investigations often involve serology screenings, which can include laboratory tests for the indication of blood, semen, and saliva. Identifying which samples might be from the assailant is paramount to investigators, and determining spermatozoa morphologies can sometimes be the key to cracking the case.
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Sudan seizes runs of 10 newspapers after sexual assault story
Reuters
Sudan confiscated issues of 10 major newspapers, in response to reports they carried on sexual assaults on children in Sudan, newspaper editors and a security source said. The newspapers had published a story on Sunday based on a speech by an activist who said rape and sexual harassment were common on vehicles taking children to school.
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Reporting sexual assault at universities: share your stories
The Guardian
A Guardian investigation has shown elite universities in Britain are failing to monitor the extent of sexual violence against students. One in five Russell Group universities told the Guardian they do not have specific guidelines for students on how to report such allegations in confidence or as a formal complaint to the institution or to the police. We also found less than half of these institutions record all allegations of rapes, sexual assaults and sexual harassment reported to them by students.
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Malaysia: Human traffickers' camps had 139 suspected graves
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Malaysian authorities say a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most desperate people. National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said Monday forensics experts were exhuming the suspected graves found at 28 vacated camps in the hilly jungle area on the border with Thailand where trafficking syndicates were known to operate.
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A financial check-up for nurses
U.S. News & World Report
When Mary Beth Winkeljohn became a family nurse practitioner, she also had to navigate some big financial decisions. Part of her compensation included funds to allocate toward health insurance, disability and retirement. With help from a financial professional, she made selections that had a lasting impact on her future financial security. Many nurses, she says, face similar choices, but might not feel prepared for them because nursing programs don’t generally include classes on business, personal finance or economics. “Nurses might be at a disadvantage when it comes to making long-term investment and financial decisions,” says Winkeljohn, who resides near Baltimore, Maryland.
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Evidence of more federal dysfunction
Tribune Live (opinion)
On top of reports that Secret Service agents frolicked with hookers in the hotels they were supposed to be securing for President Obama comes news that's even worse about yet another top security operation at the federal level. “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000,” reports The Washington Post's Spencer Hsu, two-time Pulitzer finalist.
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Empowering nurses to be their best
By Keith Carlson
As a nurse manager, I am constantly wondering if we provide our nurses with the most empowering environment possible in which they can grow and thrive. We all want nurses to feel empowered, but are we doing enough?
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HIMSS survey: Nurses 'won't go back to paper'
Health IT Outcomes
Nurses agree, EHRs improve patient safety and most couldn’t do their job without them. HIMSS conducted a survey of more than 600 nurses in honor of National Nurses Week. “This study is helpful for anyone who wants to better understand how healthcare IT affects nurses, from their point of view,” said Brendan FitzGerald, Research Director at HIMSS Analytics in a press release “Results show that nurses have the highest levels of satisfaction around how EHRs improve the quality of clinical decisions. But there are also findings that indicate EHR vendors could do more to improve nursing workflows.”
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Malaysian police reveal grim secrets of jungle trafficking camps
Reuters via Yahoo News
Malaysian police forensic teams, digging with hoes and shovels, recently began pulling out bodies from shallow graves found in abandoned jungle camps where an inter-governmental body said hundreds of victims of human traffickers may be buried. The Malaysian government said it was investigating whether local forestry officials were involved with the people-smuggling gangs believed responsible for nearly 140 such graves discovered around grim camps along the border with Thailand.
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