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Articles of Note: May 2018 Edition

It's time once again for Articles of Note, our (almost) monthly romp through the peer-reviewed literature. Somehow I missed April--sorry about that. Keep in mind this is not an exhaustive overview; simply a list of what is particularly interesting and…

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Clinical Guide: Social Media Use for Forensic Clinicians

So I recently received a comment that my concern about forensic nurses' social media use is "overblown", which I confess, made me giggle. It's not, of course, and my own experiences doing this work have only made it clearer as social…

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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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Since Last We Spoke, Crisis Edition

Friends, it seems like everything I'm reading right now is about the crisis at our borders. And not the garbage, build-a-wall crisis that the president would like us to focus on, but the real crisis of children and parents being…

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Human Trafficking and Toxicology

IAFN is hosting an upcoming webinar, Human Trafficking and Toxicology. The session will be held July 10th at 2pm ET. It is limited to 200 people, but will be archived (f0r IAFN members)--if you want to attend the live session…

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Cochrane Review of the HPV Vaccine

If your sexual assault medical-forensic exam does not include offering the HPV vaccine to eligible patients, perhaps it's worth considering. And if you're looking for the evidence base to support its inclusion in your comprehensive exam, last month the nice…

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Trials and Social Media…

...Don't mix. Resist the urge to post anything* about trials in which you are involved. Before, during or after. Particularly commenting on the results of trials. I love social media, and I use it all the time; there's a lot about…

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Since Last We Spoke, 6-11-18

It was a reasonable weekend for Capital Pride (weather-wise), and we had a lovely time here in our household. Our synagogue holds an annual Pride Shabbat service Friday evening to kick off the festivities, and you never know who's going…

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