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- Dr. Phyllis Quinlan, RN and professional nursing coach, on how to handle leadership integrity issues
- Sherry Gomez, CNO of Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, on how she overcame many obstacles to achieve her career goals and why nursing in a rural community hospital has many distinct advantages
Register NOW for the Touch DNA webinar on Oct. 8
Registration is open for the Touch DNA webinar being offered on Oct. 8, 2014 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. Don't miss out on your chance to watch this exciting update on the latest forensic science advances in this area! Presented by Dr. William Green, Jill Spriggs, from ASCLAD and Julie Valentine from Brigham Young University — this event is sure to intrigue you!
International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice
The Association’s Annual Conference promises to be packed with diverse sessions and the option to earn valuable CEs. In addition to covering the most current forensic nursing science topics, the Annual Conference offers a wonderful opportunity to network with your peers. As a member, you receive the discounted member rate and are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
SPOTLIGHTS OF THE WEEK
New this year is a SAFE-ta Track which features sessions that are funded by the SAFE-ta Project, an OVW (Office on Violence Against Women) grant. The third of these ten sessions is on "Making the Connection Between Self-Care, Quality Care, and the Care Provider's Ethical Obligation to the Patient."
Journal of Forensic Nursing® — July/September 2014
Volume 10 — Issue 3
Check out the most recent issue of the JFN full of great articles and continuing education opportunities.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered womens advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.
These activities were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes: mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence.
Alumni call for sexual assault reforms in wake of Emma Sulkowicz's mattress project
“Columbia College has given a lot to me and I love Columbia, but part of loving Columbia is being responsible for it,” Calvin Sun, CC ’08, said.
Galvanized by Emma Sulkowicz’s, CC ’15, senior thesis to carry her mattress around campus for as long as her alleged rapist goes to Columbia, Sun is one of many Columbia alumni calling for meaningful reforms to the University’s sexual assault policies.
Established nurse teams boost hospital care quality
Nurses who have known each other and worked together a long time on the patient floor make a measurable contribution to hospital productivity and shorten the patient's length of stay, a study shows.
Researchers led by Ann P. Bartel, Ph.D., a labor economist at the Columbia Business School in New York City, linked individual patient files in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals to personnel data in the nursing unit treating those patients — staffing increases and decreases, new hires, departures, and vacations, as well as tenure of individual nurses on that unit — to show the effect of teamwork.
SOAR to Health and Wellness Training Pilot Sites
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks a broad range of healthcare providers to participate in a free, two-hour training on human trafficking. This training will teach providers how to identify potential victims and appropriately refer them for services.
Many human trafficking survivors have contact with one or more health care professionals during their captivity. Who is in your waiting room?
Be more than a bystander
Be More Than a Bystander is a groundbreaking initiative between EVA BC and the BC Lions aimed at substantially increasing understanding of the impact of men’s violence against women. The program will break the silence surrounding violence against women and girls by providing tools, language and practical ideas about how to be more than a bystander, how to speak up and how to communicate that violence and abuse is not acceptable. Founding partners are Status of Women Canada, the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development and Encana Corporation.
Forging Partnerships To Ensure Justice for All
Office for Victims of Crime
An interview with Karol V. Mason: Before being confirmed as Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Office of
Justice Programs (OJP), Karol Mason devoted much of her career in public ser
vice and private law practice to expanding opportunities for disadvantaged
populations and widening their access to resources. She came to her new position
prepared to carry forward her commitment by enlisting OJP’s partners in the field.
Surge of investment needed to prevent nursing shortage
Medscape (free login required)
More than 1 million new registered nurses (RNs) will be needed by 2022 to fill newly created jobs and replace retiring nurses, according to the American Nurses Association (ANA). An additional 12 percent increase in nursing workforce development funding is urged to head off the potential shortfall, the ANA said in a statement.
Demand for healthcare services is increasing because of the aging of Baby Boomers and new healthcare reforms that improve care access, change the system of payment to account for healthcare quality, and expand the focus on prevention and primary care services. In addition, many nurses are expected to retire in the coming years.
Jack the Ripper was Polish immigrant Aaron Kosminski, book claims
A self-confessed “armchair detective” claims to have solved perhaps the most notorious whodunit ever by claiming to have discovered the identity of Jack the Ripper.
Russell Edwards claims Aaron Kosminski, a 23 year-old Polish immigrant who ended up dying in an asylum, was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man behind the grisly killing spree in 1888 in London’s East End.
The Science of Caregiving
2014 National Nursing Research Roundtable: A Research Imperative
Clinical Nursing Research
The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR; 2014) partnered with the
Oncology Nursing Society to host an esteemed group of nursing leaders to
discuss and share nursing research findings to strengthen nursing practice
and improve health outcomes for caregivers. Nursing leaders were brought
together in early March of 2014 to share information regarding the state of
the science of caregiving across the lifespan.
Is there room for scribes in nursing?
By Joan Spitrey
Recently on Twitter, I came across an interesting conversation regarding the usefulness of scribes by physicians. One physician, who never used them, published an article against their use. However, the other physician responded via his blog in praise of their efficient use. But what really caught my attention was how the responding physician stated he felt there was a place for scribes in nursing.
Why they stayed
The show Fox and Friends had an unusual takeaway from the video of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his wife, Janay, in the face and knocking her unconscious in a casino elevator: "Take the stairs."
The show's hosts, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, also disparaged women like Rice and Rihanna for “sending a terrible message” by staying with their abusers. In a segment on Newsmax, retired-neurosurgeon-turned-conservative-commentator Ben Carson suggested, "Let's not all jump on the bandwagon of demonizing this guy. He obviously has some real problems." Obviously!
Nearly 1 in 5 new nurses leave first job within a year, according to survey of newly-licensed registered nurses
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Turnover of registered nurses (RNs) is an important and widely used measure in analyzing the health care workforce. It’s used to project the job market for nurses (based on availability of jobs) and can also be considered an indicator of whether a health care organization has a good working environment.
Sibling bullies may leave lasting effects
While a burly kid on the playground may be the stereotype of a childhood bully, a new study suggests some of the most damaging bullies are as close to home as you can get: They're siblings who tease, make fun of and physically hurt their brothers and sisters.
Youngsters who were bullied by siblings were more than twice as likely to report depression or self-harm at age 18 as those who weren't bullied by siblings. They were also nearly twice as likely to report anxiety as they entered adulthood, according to new research.
Mending Justice: Sentinel Event Reviews
National Institute of Justice
How should the criminal justice system respond to errors?
A common response is to seek out “bad apples,” apportion blame, and conclude that the error has been dealt with once that individual is punished or a policy is changed.
But errors in a complex system are rarely the result of a single act or event. In medicine, aviation and other high-risk enterprises, serious errors are regarded as system errors or “organizational accidents.”
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