The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals has an archived webinar on the efficacy of emergency contraception. The webinar clocks in under 45 minutes and has 1.0 CMEs attached for physicians who complete pre- and post-tests. Access is free of charge and will be available through February 2010.
MNCAVA’s Global Violence Prevention site has a couple case-based tutorials available. One of them focuses on domestic violence in later life. It’s recently updated and provides a nice overview of many of the issues that come up working with this specific patient population.
There aren’t that many offerings available on medical-legal documentation out there, so I was excited to come across this one from Contemporary Forums: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: An Expert Witness’s View on How to Make or Break a Case with Medical-Legal Documentation. However, I cannot tell you the specific focus of this session: the speaker is a legal nurse consultant with expertise in elder care, but the site has this program listed under psychiatric-behavioral issues (if anyone does this one, please let us know!). If she addresses IPV, sexual assault, child abuse, etc., I don’t know.
The Ash Institute at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government is hosting a webinar, Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking: Collecting Data from Official Sources. The session will take place April 29th from 10am-12pm ET. It’s free of charge, but pre-registration is required.
I’m heading to Illinois next week to teach a SANE course (adolescent/adult), and I was grumbling (to my dogs because they are always sympathetic) about schlepping my supplemental materials with me on a plane (do you have any idea how huge the binder is?). And I have been doing my very best to reduce the amount of paper I generate and streamline my approach in general, so printing things out or making copies sounded unappealing, as well. Then it dawned on me: I have a whole site at my disposal to warehouse these items.
This week at the sustainability site, we talk nursing practice, employee evaluation, collaboration and tech tools. And as a bonus, a couple woodland creatures stop by to see us:
- Some tools for evaluating potential employees, from people who know these sorts of things
- Things to consider as we (hopefully) strive for patient-centered care with a bonus TED video that challenges us to consider the merits of embracing practical wisdom
- Fieldstone Alliance comes through for us again with a review of keys to successful collaboration
- A wonky tech tool free to use and easy as cake: CometDocs makes converting your docs a breeze…
- Our weekly installment of the Friday Q&A. Now with more moose! Our guest this week is the fabulous Jennifer Meyer of Forensic Nursing Services of Providence in Anchorage, Alaska.
I’m off to Peoria, IL next week for a SANE course. Postings will be a bit lighter, but still daily, barring any major acts of God.
Enjoy your weekend–it’s 80 degrees and sunny here in the CLE!
Stanford School of Medicine has an interactive tutorial for improving communication with elderly patients from differing cultures. It’s free of charge and is specifically meant for clinicians. Using three scenarios/situations common to first contact with a patient, you will be given options from which to select an appropriate response. All information in the scenarios comes from either the patient’s medical chart, or from information you gather as you see the patient for this first visit. While few answers are wrong, one answer uses more cultural sensitivity and maintains issues related patient dignity more than others. Explanations with the answers will provide information related to each response. Additional information is provided in the Summary section.
OVC‘s Web Forum series is featuring a session on forensic interviewing in tribal communities Aril 29th from 2-3pm ET. If you’ve participated in these sessions in the past, you know to submit your questions ahead of time and then return to the site at the designated time for the online conversation. You can find complete instructions on how to participate here.
Last year, at Prevent Child Abuse America‘s national conference, they had a plenary on the future of child abuse. It was a pretty distinguished panel, including Dr. Robert F. Anda, Co-Principal Investigator, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE Study), Dr. Phaedra Corso, University of Georgia College of Public Health, Linda Gorchels, UW-Madison School of Business, Rutledge Q. Hutson, Center for Law and Social Policy and Bryan Specht, Dig Communications. They have a podcast available of the session on their blog site. Running time is approximately 60 minutes.
NYSCASA is hosting a webinar May 4th: Sexual Violence in the Military. It’s advertised as being NY state-specific, so if you’re in the area, it might be a good use of time (and I’m assuming if you’re not you could probably still attend). The featured speaker is a Navy SARC; it looks like medical will be one of the things addressed in the session.
Prevention Connection has announced its next webinar: The Role of Leadership in Creating Momentum for Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women. It will be held on May 5th (with a repeat on May 7th), at 11am Pacific Time (2pm ET). Participation is free, but pre-registration is required and spots are limited (and they do fill up).
Medscape has a new CME offering about dealing with disruptive physician colleagues, a funny euphamism that is more commonly referred to as lateral violence or bullying (PDF) in nursing (you can read Joint Commission’s newly implemented requirements on the issue here). In this case study the bad behavior extends to encounters with patients, as well as colleagues. Not forensic-specific, but an issue in our world, nonetheless.
I seem to be on an article kick right now, because I have more for you today. I was actually looking for something else entirely and stumbled across the AMA‘s Journal of Ethics, Virtual Mentor, instead. Having never heard of it (not being an AMA member), I was fascinated that this online ethics publication had an entire issue related to clinicians and violence prevention, and that said publication included such topics as the potential conflict between patient confidentiality and mandatory reporting, and lateral violence. Not the usual fare, although it addresses issues such as IPV, child abuse, bullying and school violence, as well. (No sexual violence according to the TOC; I haven’t finished working my way through the issue to know if it’s buried. No elder abuse, either.)
The issue of Wood’s Lamps and other alternate light sources (ALS) in sexual assault medical forensic exams came up this week and it got me thinking about how often we do things because we were taught we should, and not because they’ve been shown to be particularly useful or effective. So I thought I’d take a few minutes to highlight the literature out there on ALS in the detection of semen on the bodies of sexual assault patients.
Not much over at the Sustainability blog this week with my travels ovresees making it challenging to post. But there are a couple things I’d like to highlight for you this morning:
- The EMS folks did a brief article on employee retention in October 2007, which they then updated in July 2008. There were some clear, concise ideas about keeping good staff. Might be worth checking out the post if that’s part of your responsibilities.
- I am pleased to have an interview with friend and SANE program coordinator, Diane Daiber. She runs one of the programs in Cleveland, Ohio and we’ve been working together a long time. I love how here insights both jibe and contrast beautifully with last week’s Coordinator Q&A.
I’m off to a meeting here in DC and then will be stopping home long enough for a change of clothes before heading up to Newport and the Navy JAGs. However I really am trying to get a larger post up about use of Woods Lamps in medical forensic exams before end of the weekend, so stop back, please. You’ll have to bear with me, though–it’s the busy season for me and life’s going to be like this for quite some time…
Have a great weekend!
Hooray for bandwidth!!!
I’m back today with at least one post. I’m working on a bigger post, which I may be able to get done by this evening. But I will have been traveling 18 hours by the time I finally get to DC (starting at 4am Venice time), so forgive me if it doesn’t happen. For now, I’m hanging out in the Amsterdam airport and have just enough time before my flight to DC for a quickie. The University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery hosted a webinar last summer on moving toward core competencies in injury prevention.
Well, I would have thought that on an Army post I would have all the comforts of home. Mind you, I’m not complaining (much)– the Burger King here is open late, and the people are super nice, and I’m told when it’s not an Italian holiday, the place is pretty bustling. And you know, as defenders of our freedom, these folks are first rate. But would it kill someone to install a high-speed internet connection in the hotel here? If you are reading this it must mean the (insert large number here) time I tried to post this it finally went through. Suffice it to say that unless things change radically for my connectivity, I will be back to regular posts sometime Thursday (in time for all of you subscribers to get a Friday morning email). Thanks for your patience!
I usually try to avoid posting sequential offerings from a single source, but I’m going to make an exception this time. Last night, ater getting back to my hotel, I found this item in my Reader and decided to share it today since it’s a live event: The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA) is hosting a webcast April 14th from 2-3:30PM ET. Entitled Preventing Exploitation of Children and Adolescents on the Internet, the session requires advanced registration, which you can make happen here.
This week, I am excited to unveil a new feature at the Sustainability blog: the Friday Q&A, featuring a coordinator from a well-established SANE program. Our guest this week is Jennifer Pierce Weeks, coordinator of the Forensic Nurse Examiner Program at Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs, CO and current president of IAFN. Definitely worth checking out. We also:
- talked leadership competencies and self-evaluation
- looked at SAMHSA’s sustainability toolkit
- considered strategies for staff retention
- and highlighted one of my favorite collaboration tools
Enjoy your weekend everyone!