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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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Are We Overthinking Things? Forensic Nursing is Nursing

I was asked an interesting question on the site recently. A reader wanted to know if delivering lab results was appropriate for RNs. There seemed to be some disagreement within the reader’s program about whether the results from any labs…

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Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2014

New from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the report Crimes Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2014 (PDF). The one-page summary is also available for download. From the press release: Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009–2014 - Statistical Tables (NCJ 250200) is…

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Team Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Every year I like to put together a team holiday gift guide; the work we do is tough and the hours sometimes challenging, so finding opportunities to celebrate one another is particularly important. What follows are 10 things that have caught my…

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Since Last We Spoke, 11-28-16

Hope you had a lovely (extended) weekend. We had a great holiday, and although our trip home took 2.5 hours longer than normal (thanks, DC traffic), Hamilton might just be the chillest pup around. He slept the whole way home,…

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Giving Thanks, 2016

This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the US. And with all the complicated history that holiday holds, it remains a time to take a hard look at the life I lead and express some real gratitude for what I have. I…

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