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It’s Forensic Nurses Week! (And a Few Other Things)

Happy Forensic Nurses Week to all of my colleagues around the world. Here's to everyone who is doing this important work with the myriad populations we serve every day. If you haven't seen the packet of information IAFN has for…

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This Forensic Nurses Week, Ask Yourself: How Do We Do Better?

This week, because it's Forensic Nurses Week, I'd like to talk about how we can keep getting better. First up: one way to generally improve our value to patients and the justice system simultaneously. There's a lot to really celebrate…

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Strive for Better Documentation

Because it's Forensic Nurses Week, we're focusing on ways to improve practice. Today, let's talk about documentation. Want to know my one wish for better medical-forensic documentation? Three words: review of systems (ROS). Seriously--hear me out on this. In order…

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Be Better: Implement a Quality Improvement Process

This Forensic Nurses Week, we're talking about ways to make our practices better. The last couple days have focused on individual performance. Today, let's talk about program performance... The expert at trial should never be the first person to review…

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This Forensic Nurses Week, A Look Ahead

To wrap up Forensic Nurses Week, let's talk about what the future holds for the profession... We're at this point in our profession where we can really enumerate some incredible collective accomplishments, including multiple national protocols, a significant body of research,…

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SOAR Human Trafficking Training for Healthcare Providers

The US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Trafficking in Persons has been offering their SOAR to Health and Wellness training to clinicians, social workers and public health professionals, and the next healthcare provider session will be on…

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Since Last We Spoke, 1-23-17

I have to tell you, Saturday was really something else. I attended the March here in DC with my wife, my stepmom, my wife's aunt and a few additional friends, and it was an experience I will never forget. As…

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Thank You, Mr. President

Tomorrow is Inauguration Day. But today--well, today was a day spent with a diverse group of professionals committed to being better. Serving our patients better, responding better. It was the very first meeting in what undoubtedly will be quite a journey…

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A Few New LGBTQ Resources

A couple newer resources available for (and about) LGBTQ patients: CDC has some infographics about sexual minority youth and violence--in schools, in relationships, etc. Trans- youth aren't specified in this data, so be mindful of that omission, but if you're…

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Since Last We Spoke, MLK Day 2017

It's a bit surreal in DC this week, so in the name of self-care, Sasha and I played hooky for a bit today. We hit the National Geographic museum to check out their Instagram exhibit (it was amazing), ran into…

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