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Still Time for the 2015 ANF Nursing Research Grants
IAFN is collaborating with the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) to offer a $5,000 research grant to a forensic nurse researcher. The grant application is open to all of IAFN's members.
This award is part of the 2015 Nursing Research Grants which offers nursing research awards to beginner and experienced nurse researchers. Information about all of the awards is available at: GIVETONURSING.ORG. The application deadline is May 1.
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Promoting crime victims' rights and services — Award recipients
Office of Justice Programs
Please click here to view the award recipients from the Office for Victims of Crime.
Clothesline Project spreads awareness on sexual assault
Sonoma State Star
Sexual assault is a difficult subject to talk about. Not only for those who are survivors, but for the general public. Because sexual assault is so prevalent in colleges, the topic demands to be discussed.
A 2007 campus sexual assault study by the U.S. Department of Justice found that around 1 in 5 women are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault while they’re in college.
Healthcare is about patients, not paperwork
Author Judy Murphy, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, IBM, writes: When you’re in the hospital or recovering at home, what’s the one thing that you want more of? Personal care.
Nurses want the same thing. We want to spend more time tending to our patients, giving them more individual care. The challenge today is we end up spending a good chunk of our time tracking and managing care, rather than giving it.
Life in the crime lab is not like it is on TV
The Grand Island Independent
The influence of TV crime shows has changed the expectations of juries, says the director of the Nebraska State Patrol’s Crime Lab.
Because of the TV shows, Pam Zilly believes “there is more of an expectation, particularly from juries, that there will be forensic evidence in every case,” and that the evidence will be presented to them.
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How to talk to patients about advanced directives
By Joan Spitrey
April 16 has been designated as National Healthcare Decision Day. This movement came out of the passion and frustration of founder Nathan Kottkamp. As a member of several hospital ethics committees, he was repeatedly challenged with trying to interpret healthcare decisions for people who had no advanced directives. Anyone working in a hospital — especially a critical care area — can certainly relate. Although most healthcare providers would agree that all patients should have an advanced directive, they often shy away from having the conversation with their patients.
National Nurses Week 2015
During National Nurses Week and throughout the year, ANA is proud to celebrate the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients. The National Nurses Week 2015 theme "Ethical Practice. Quality Care." recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession. The theme is an important part of ANA’s 2015 Year of Ethics outreach to promote and advocate for the rights, health and safety of nurses and patients.
Medicare payment 'fix' includes key provisions for nurses
The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds Senate passage of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act. This legislation protects seniors’ and children’s access to care and repeals the Medicare payment formula used to calculate Medicare payment rates to healthcare providers. H.R. 2, headed to President Obama for signature, includes provisions that enhance nurses’ roles as providers and improve their ability to provide timely services to Medicare beneficiaries.
Sexual assault testing gets $700K funding bump in Nova Scotia budget
In its latest budget released recently, the Nova Scotia government has promised $700,000 in funding to expand the province's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program to two more areas.
The province came under fire last month after a CBC investigation revealed a Pictou woman waited three days for a SANE team to travel from Antigonish to the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow.
Informatics nurses drive significant patient safety and workflow improvements
HIMSS released the results of the 2015 Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey — a survey of nearly 600 participants including C-suite executives, clinical analysts and informatics nurses. The survey examined the growing technology-driven healthcare ecosystem and the role nursing informatics — a specialty that integrates knowledge, data and wisdom — is playing in this evolving environment. The results indicated that the role of informatics nurses has expanded greatly and is having immense impact on patient safety and overall care, as well as notable workflow and productivity improvements.
Australia's first body farm: More than 30 people offer to donate their corpses
The Sydney Morning Herald
More than 30 people have offered to donate their cadavers to Australia's first body farm since it was announced four months ago. To be called the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (or AFTER for short), the facility to study the decomposition of human corpses will operate within a 48-hectare bush site owned by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in the lower Blue Mountains.
Nurse leadership program helps hospitals cut costs, improve outcomes
Critical care nurses who participated in a 16-month leadership and innovation training program developed initiatives that helped their hospitals save an anticipated $28 million a year and significantly improve clinical outcomes, according to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).
Training Bulletin: Part 1 Protecting Crime Victims' Rights
As we so often highlight in our training materials, there are many barriers that prevent the vast majority of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking victims from reporting the crime and participating in the process of a criminal prosecution. Not only does this deny victims their right to pursue justice, but it creates a situation where most perpetrators are given a "free pass" to continue reoffending in our communities.
Understand what to expect from faculty in online nursing courses
U.S. News & World Report
The nursing field requires employees to balance unusual schedules, communicate with a wide variety of people and adapt to ever-changing professional relationships.
They’re the same qualities that generally make for good online nursing instructors, who more than anything need to show flexibility on behalf of their students, nursing educators say.
"I think nurses are used to being adaptable," says Carrie Cormack, an instructor and the lead pediatric nurse practitioner faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina. "I think that’s a trait that many nurses share."
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