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Forensic Nurses Week 2014
Forensic Nurses Week, the week is celebrated internationally though awareness events in local communities and education efforts to teach colleagues about the forensic nursing practice.

We hope that you will share your passion of forensic nursing with your communities. Remember to wear lilac — our color — all day, Friday, Nov. 14. Join us on Facebook and Twitter for Forensic Nurses Week! Become a fan of our page and share your stories, pictures or videos. We at the IAFN want to know how you celebrated. Look How Our Members Celebrated in the Past.
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What does the future of nursing look like? To find out, tune into Nursing Success TV airing now on IAFN's Career Center
In a special two-part interview, Dr. Tim Porter O’Grady, an acknowledged authority on nursing practice, shares highlights from his career journey and exciting insights on what nurses can expect in the future.

Also in this month’s episode, Dr. Phyllis Quinlan, RN and professional nursing coach, offers practical advice for handling bullying. This is a must-see episode for nurses seeking information and inspiration that can transform their careers!

Nursing Success TV is accessible 24/7 for free with no registration required and is viewable from any computer or mobile device. No registration required! Check it out on Nursing Success TV on IAFN’s Career Center!

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Prevention is key: Workplace violence in the hospital
By Keith Carlson
With the recent news of several nurses in a Minnesota hospital being injured by a patient wielding a metal bar, the issue of healthcare workers facing violence in the workplace is again receiving media scrutiny. Hospitalized individuals are certainly under significant stress when facing recovery and treatment from acute illnesses or injuries, and intense emotions may often be at play.
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Jodi Arias defense alleges porn evidence destroyed
Detroit Free Press
Attorneys for Jodi Arias filed a motion Monday to dismiss all charges against Arias, alleging prosecutorial misconduct. The motion says a computer-forensics expert hired by the defense discovered that thousands of files, mostly of pornography, were deleted from victim Travis Alexander's computer while the computer was in custody of Mesa police.
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Combining forensic art and technology to catch criminals
Michigan State University
Hand-drawn forensic sketches based on witness descriptions are a traditional yet time-consuming method used to catch criminals. But in some cases, authorities don’t have the luxury of time. A new automated sketch recognition system developed at Michigan State University is changing this race against the clock.
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Decorated themed trees help raise money to fight domestic violence
Salina Journal
The five women lead different lives, but once a year they gather to decorate a tree for a good cause. Each fall, Pam Ehlts, Linda Hinnenkamp, Pat Gilbert, Morea Charvat and Tammy Kimminau gather to decorate a themed Christmas tree for the annual Festival of Trees fundraising event for the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas.
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Ohio Attorney General opens new state crime lab at Bowling Green
WKYC-TV
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey officially opened the new Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime lab located on the campus of Bowling Green State University. "Opening this new building with all of its cutting-edge equipment and technology will not only help local law enforcement solve crimes, but also open new possibilities to students who are interested in careers in forensic science and criminal justice," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
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Where hell is other patients
The New York Times
In the public imagination, forensic mental hospitals — where states place the criminally insane — are hellish scenes of cages and restraints, the better to keep us safe from the Hannibal Lecters of the world. And it’s true that these hospitals, including the one where I work, are hellish. But not because the patients are restrained. In fact, it’s the opposite. Patients, even violent ones, are often given a shocking amount of freedom.
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Autopsy sheds light on girl's suffering before beating death
WSB-TV
The Monroe County District Attorney says a lengthy forensic autopsy is now complete, six months after the deadly beating of a 5-year-old girl. Richard Milam told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh he received the meticulous report on a recent Friday. He didn’t want to get into too many details. But, what he was able to share recently shines a new light on how much Heaven Woods suffered long before her death.
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Killers caught by forensics and their own drug-fuelled arrogance
Western Morning News
The gang who killed drug dealer Steven Crook were trapped by their own drug-fuelled arrogance and detectives using the full range of modern forensic tools. The three men from Coventry and one from Devon were high on drink and cocaine when they carried out the attack and they left a trail of clues before, during and afterwards as a result.
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4 ways the courts could better handle sexual assault cases
The Canadian Press - thestar.com
As the Jian Ghomeshi case has highlighted — and the statistics, the experts and the victims have been saying for a long time — the criminal justice system is failing sexual assault cases. Sexual assaults are vastly under-reported and conviction rates notoriously low.
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Juvenile facilities strive to foster 'family engagement'
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and Center for Public Integrity
All the world’s a stage — even behind bars, in Massachusetts. Inside juvenile correctional facilities in the Bay state, young offenders study the finer points of Shakespeare, rehearse for weeks, then perform the bard’s works before parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles. In Texas, incarcerated youths lead their relatives to schools inside juvenile facilities, where they showcase their work in classrooms and introduce their teachers.
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Pentagon sex assault survey raises doubts of accuracy
The Washington Times
A Pentagon-hired pollster asked a record half-million active-duty troops this year to fill out an Internet survey on sexual assault, prompting critics to say the upcoming results will be skewed to show a higher number of victims than actually exist. In the past, the Pentagon had conducted its own survey, which found alarmingly high numbers as well as a much higher percentage of victims compared with the civilian world.
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Sexual Assault Prevention Program expands
Maine's NPR News
The University of New Hampshire is expanding its nationally-recognized sexual violence prevention program to a younger audience: high school students in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Instead of focusing just on potential victims and perpetrators, the "Bringing in the Bystander" program teaches participants how to safely intervene when they see a risk of sexual assault or dating violence. Starting in January, UNH faculty, staff and students will be implementing the program at 30 high schools, in most cases as part of existing health or psychology classes.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Domestic violence costs economy billions (CNN Money)
Sexual Assault Center issues energy drink warning (WISH-TV)
Women are still terrified of reporting rape (The Guardian)
Coordinated community efforts to respond to sexual assault: A national study of sexual assault response team implementation (SafetyLit)

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