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Each year, the International Association of Forensic Nurses seeks to identify and recognize those individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of forensic nursing and to the growth and success of IAFN.
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2014 Foundation Scholarship Program Grant Awardees
These individuals were selected through a rigorous application process that included a written essay and documented active participation in the Association. Please help us in congratulating them: Gina Carbino from Conway, South Carolina, Paulette Guidry from Mandeville, Louisiana and, Venera Mehmeti from Prishtina, Kosova
IAFN Foundation Seeking 3 Board Members
The Foundation has opened its Call for Applications to fill 3 open board positions beginning Jan. 1. Terms are 3 years and selected by the existing Foundation Board. Please consider applying. Deadline is Oct. 29.
Why are nurses getting infected with Ebola? We were not prepared
By Joan Spitrey
With the current infections of two direct caregivers, questions have surfaced regarding the preparedness of our hospitals and healthcare staff in the United States.
As of this article, there have been no reports of the mode of transmission and/or contamination of the two nurses. When Nina Pham was diagnosed, the CDC was quick to blame the nurse for not following protocols. That was followed by the statement that the protocols were being evaluated. This raised the question that if the protocol was sufficient and the nurse was "to blame for her infection," why the sudden need to change the protocols?
Forget Facebook, abandon Instagram, move to a village
n the parts of the world that we cover in our blog, many people live in villages.
Villages have their problems, to be sure. There may not be a doctor or clinic nearby. Girls may not be able to go to school. Clean water might be a long walk away.
But a new book points out that village life has its advantages.
We asked psychologist Susan Pinker, author of The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier and Smarter, to explain the benefits of living in a community of about 150 people, the average population of traditional villages throughout history around the world.
In their own words, inmates discuss the riddle of juvenile justice
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
The John Howard Association of Illinois, an independent prison watchdog and justice reform advocate, recently published a report introducing ways to reform the criminal justice system for youth prosecuted for serious offenses. This report takes a unique approach in asking the population in question about their experiences in the judicial system. Their responses were taken as a new framework in determining the fairness and effectiveness of the current system for youth prosecuted for serious crimes.
"Catching flies with honey": The management of conflict in sexual assault response teams
Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) are models of service delivery characterized by coordination between rape crisis, health care, and criminal justice sectors. Expanding on research documenting the extent and nature of conflict in SARTs, this study qualitatively explores the strategies used to manage conflict and variations in the use of strategies between professions.
40,000 suicides annually, yet America simply shrugs
Standing high above the San Francisco Bay, perched on an I-beam outside the Golden Gate Bridge railing, the man dressed neatly in khakis and a button-down shirt hesitated.
Kevin Briggs stood a few feet away, imploring him not to jump. In nearly 20 years as a California Highway Patrol officer policing the famous span, Briggs had more success than failure in talking troubled souls back from the ledge.
Juvenile sexual homicide offenders: thirty-year follow-up investigation
Sexual homicide by a juvenile offender occurs approximately 9 times per year in the United States. Little is known about the post-incarceration adjustment of these offenders. The current study was designed to follow up 30 years later on a sample of eight adolescent sexual homicide offenders who were convicted of murder and sentenced to adult prison. The results indicated that six out of eight offenders were released from prison, and their mean sentence length was 12 years and 2 months.
APSAC's 23rd Annual National Colloquium: Call for Abstracts
July 22-25, 2015 at the Westin Copley Place Boston
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New test reduces trial-and-error process for mental health drugs
By Rachael Mattice
Picking up a prescription from the pharmacy always includes general warnings. When it comes to more complex medications that are used to treat mental health disorders — such as antidepressants or antipsychotics — a patient can expect a printout of warning labels with possible adverse effects that are dangerous and symptomatically worse than the condition being initially treated. Substantial advances have been made in the field of genomic medicine since the decoding of the human genome in 2001. One such advance is known as pharmacogenetic testing.
There are no "innocent victims": the influence of just world beliefs and prior victimization on rape myth acceptance
Utilizing data from an online survey of 979 university students, this study explores the relationship between prior sexual assault victimization experiences, belief in a just world, and acceptance of rape myths.
RESULTS indicated that men, younger respondents, and those with less education were more likely to support rape myths. Support for just world beliefs and rape myths were also positively associated, while rape victims exhibited less support for rape myths than non-victims. Implications for future studies are discussed.
Teen 'sexting' often precedes actual sex, study finds
HealthDay News via Medline Plus
For some teenagers, "sexting" may be a stepping stone to actually having sex, a new study suggests.
Past research has found that, not surprisingly, teenagers who send and receive sexually explicit text messages are more likely to be sexually active than their peers who don't "sext."
But the new findings suggest that for some kids, the sexting comes first, researchers report in the Oct. 6 online edition of Pediatrics.
Key Findings from A Systematic Review of Primary Prevention Strategies for Sexual Violence Perpetration
This guide discusses the 2014 research article "A systematic review of primary prevention strategies for sexual violence perpetration" by Sarah DeGue et al. It summarizes the methods and discusses key findings of the systematic review. It also proposes ways preventionists can use this research to identify promising prevention strategies, strengthen and evaluate their current efforts, and advocate with funders, policymakers, researchers, and community partners.
Nursing outlook strong as demand drives need
A mounting demand for health care services is bolstering the need for registered nurses across the country, and particularly in the greater Houston area.
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, this according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
More than half a million positions for registered nurses are projected to open between 2012 and 2022.
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