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As 2014 comes to a close, Forensic Nurses would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the Forensic Nurses News a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8, 2015.


1. Understanding the wrath of emotional abuse
By Jessica Taylor
From June 19: When we hear about abusive relationships, the first type we often think of is physical. But another largely unknown type is emotional abuse.
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2. Colleges finally taking steps to handle sexual assault problem
By Suzanne Mason
From Sept. 4: Colleges finally taking steps to handle sexual assault problem 0 COMMENTS Suzanne Mason Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Share this article A recent segment on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" (above) mocked James Madison University's handling of sexual assault. The segment came after three students were expelled from the school after graduation for allegedly sexually assaulting a classmate. But the segment sheds light on a growing problem of how colleges and universities need to do more when it comes to handling sexual assaults on their campuses.
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3. Why are nurses getting infected with Ebola? We were not prepared
By Joan Spitrey
From Oct. 23: 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?
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4. Modern slavery and the hidden world of human trafficking
By Lauren Swan
From May 15: Recently, 300 girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, and only a handful of girls have been found because they managed to escape while being transported through the forest. The group who kidnapped them is called Boko Harem, one of the smaller human trafficking rings. The self-proclaimed leader, who has remained unnamed, expressed his desire to sell the girls for labor and sex purposes, stating that there was a market for selling humans, particularly young women. He also said women were slaves, whose main purpose was to be married. "I will marry off a woman at the age of 12. I will marry off a girl at the age of nine," he stated.
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5. Time for change? Mid-career options for nurses
By Keith Carlson
From Aug. 21: Many mid-career professionals desire career change and new experiences, and nurses are no exception. A mid-career nurse may feel himself or herself becoming somewhat restless, "antsy" for something new but clueless about what that something might be. At times, we intuit that we need novel experiences that can renew our commitment to the nursing profession. At other times, there may be a gnawing in our gut that we have to move on. But to where?
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6. Prevention is key: Workplace violence in the hospital
By Keith Carlson
From Nov. 13: 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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7. Moral distress in nursing
By Keith Carlson
From May 29: Moral distress may not be a concept on the lips of many nurses, but it is an issue with which a significant number of nurses grapple on a regular basis. Moral distress occurs when an individual knows what the right course of action should be in a particular situation, but that person is hampered from acting on that knowledge by a variety of factors. Whether in the ICU, the ER or other milieus, nurses can find themselves faced with morally-distressing situations that may easily lead to feelings of burnout, compassion fatigue, cognitive dissonance, depression, anxiety and dissatisfaction.
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8. The calculus of nursing education and patient outcomes
By Keith Carlson
From March 20: With the publication of a new study in The Lancet, it appears that the call for more baccalaureate-prepared nurses just became louder, and the results of said study appear to carry a great deal of weight in both the academic and clinical worlds. Using discharge data from more than 400,000 hospitalized European patients, this well-received study demonstrates that increasing a hospital nurse's workload by only one patient leads to a 7 percent increase in the chances that a patient will die within 30 days of admission.
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9. Who will make your health decisions when you are unable?
By Joan Spitrey
From July 3: On Father's Day, we said goodbye to the father of the long-distance dedication, Casey Kasem. He was an American icon best known for his weekly radio countdown programs and as the voice of Shaggy in the "Scooby-Doo" cartoon series. Sadly, Kasem's legacy was tarnished by a family conflict surrounding his end-of-life decisions — all played out in the media for the world to watch. Unfortunately, these disputes are all too common. As an ICU nurse, I watched countless families have to make difficult decisions regarding their loved ones' care, especially at the end of life.
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10. Nurse management: Open source or old school?
By Keith Carlson
From Oct. 16: Just like any industry, there are "old school" and "new school" approaches to nurse management. In the 21st century, many managers still cling to old ways of thinking that are, to a great extent, based on top-down, hierarchical corporate structures steeped in 20th-century patriarchal culture. Nursing has a chance to break that pattern.
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