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Our newest winner…

Thanks once again to everyone who entered the latest giveaway. I wish I had stuff to give each of you, but, alas, I have only one copy to offer up.

Click through for our winner…

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Weekly Wrap-Up @ the Sustainability Blog

This week over at the Sustainability site:

By the way, this week marks my last full week at home for the foreseeable future. Starting Monday, I will be on the road for part of every week through the middle of March (ouch), so if I miss a posting here or there, you know why. I’ve got a bunch of small trainings coming up, so it’s unlikely I’ll see too many of you in my travels, but I’m hoping at least a couple of you will be at the Crimes Against Women conference in Dallas, where I’ll be speaking with one of my fabulous AEQ partners, Chris Mallios. In the interest of full-disclosure, I am indulging in a quick weekend getaway with the Girls’ Vacation Club (hello, Key West!), so I have some recreation on the horizon. As for this weekend, I will be cuddling up with my kiddo, because it’s a balmy 10 degrees today in the 216 and unlikely to get too much warmer.

Have a great weekend, everyone. And don’t forget–check back Monday for our latest giveaway winner!

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New Clinical Guide: Photography

I’ve been meaning to get a new clinical guide up, but this one has been a challenge. See, injury photography hasn’t been written up extensively in the literature. What is out there is by and large pretty old (you’ll see several Polaroid references in the resources I share). Still, all of these have something to offer forensic practice. As with everything I post, due diligence, please. Read through the materials and decide for yourself whether these are useful and relevant to your work. And if you have other resources and tools you like not already listed here, by all means send them on and I’ll be happy to include them with attribution.

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Free Online Forensic Nursing CEUs

I had an email yesterday about finding CEUs for forensic nurses, which made me think that it’s probably a good time to remind people about the free CEUs available online from IAFN. If you haven’t yet checked them, I encourage you to do so, because, did I mention they’re free (unless you’re not a member, then they’re $10 each)? And they’re specific to forensic nursing, which is tough to find. As you know, a lot of the CEs out there are either too simple or too tangential to our work, so offerings like these are invaluable.

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Reader Request: 10 Things About Me

One of our lovely Australian readers sent me an email that said, in part, “Love the 10 Things posts you have done in the past. How about 10 Things about you, so your readers can get to know you a bit better? And no referring us to the About or FAQ pages, please…” Okay, then–it’s snowing outside and I’m looking for a reason to take a break from writing that doesn’t involve going for a run, so I’ll take that assignment:

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DV and Substance Abuse

JWI’s National Alliance to End Domestic Violence has a webinar coming up February 4th from 12-1 pm ET on substance abuse and domestic violence. Cost of the webinar is free for members, $25 for everyone else. Advanced registration is a good idea.

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Playground

Nest Foundation has produced an incredibly powerful film on child sex trafficking in America. Playground is being used to raise awareness of child commercial sexual exploitation. The foundation’s website promises other art-driven media campaigns and an educational curriculum for high school students to follow.

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Our Next Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Once again, our friends at GW Medical Publishing have picked out a title for one lucky FHO reader to receive. As with the previous giveaways, all you need to do to enter the giveaway is answer a simple question in the comment section of this post. Readers have until Friday, January 29th, noon ET to respond. I will choose a winner via random number generator and post the winner’s name here on the site on Monday, February 1st. Click through for a message from GW Medical about the details of this month’s giveaway:

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FHO: Now with More Twitter

I’ve added one more way to stay current with FHO. We’re now on Twitter (yes, we’re the last ones to get there, I know). If you would like to subscribe to FHO via Twitter, you’ll now see that link in the right hand nav. And you’ll be able to see recent updates in the left hand nav, should you be interested. I will try to keep tweets pretty focused, so you won’t get a lot of navel gazing. It will allow me to easily post in real time from relevant conferences and such, so I think it’s going to be a valuable tool. And of course, if you’ve had difficulty getting updates in your inbox, this format will ensure they come to you as links should you be so inclined to follow me: @ForensicHealth.

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Weekly Wrap-Up & AEQ

This week over at the sustainability site, a few goodies for your perusal:

I’d also like to draw your attention to the AEquitas site–we have a couple webinars coming up that might be of interest:

(You can see a complete list of our online and live trainings here.)

A quick thanks to everyone who contributed at the PIH site for medical assistance to Haiti–we were able to reach our goal without a problem.

It’s cold and gray here in the CLE: perfect for curling up in front of the fire with a good book and a glass of wine that incomplete book chapter you’ve been meaning to finish for one of your best friends. I guess you know where you’ll find me. Have a great weekend [and happy birthday, T!]

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That’s Not Cool Campaign Tools Website

Prevention Connection is hosting a webinar on the That’s Not Cool campaign and their new Campaign Tools site. “That’s Not Cool focuses on preventing controlling or abusive behavior occurring within the digital universe – online, via cellphone, etc. – and encourages teens to draw their own lines about what is, or is not, acceptable relationship behavior. Since the January 2009 campaign launch, That’s Not Cool has engaged hundreds of thousands of teens in teen dating abuse prevention, both online and on-the-ground.”

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In My Inbox: Threats in the ED & This Emotional Life

This morning when I booted up my email I found two great things to share. The first is a fantastic blog entry over at Chief Complaint (the Medscape ED Physician’s blog). It briefly discusses an encounter with a patient who threatens to kill an ED nurse (among other unpleasant things), and asks the questions: “Is the emergency department a criminal-free zone?  Perhaps once an individual crosses the ED entryway, society’s laws regarding physical assault and homicidal threats no longer apply?” It’s a great read, but as with all Medscape offerings, you must register for the site to access it. Thanks, Kim for the tip!

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Books: To Buy and To Giveaway

Donations and supplies are still desperately needed for Haiti. Please consider making a donation to Partners in Health at the FHO contribution site: http://act.pih.org/page/outreach/view/haitiearthquake/FHO. We’re so close to our goal!

About once a week someone emails me to ask what’s on my bookshelf. So I’ve added a widget in the lefthand righthand nav that links to some of my essentials over at my new FHO store on Amazon. It’s broken into categories, so if you’re interested, you can see what’s on my clinic shelf, and you can see the geeky business and presentation titles I love, too. I’ll make it a point to keep the store updated as new stuff comes my way.

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Protocol Development for Multidisciplinary Teams

Donations and supplies are still desperately needed for Haiti. Please consider making a donation to Partners in Health at the FHO contribution site: http://act.pih.org/page/outreach/view/haitiearthquake/FHO.

MNCASA’s Sexual Violence Justice Institute is hosting a 4-part webinar series on the protocol development cycle for multidisciplinary teams, such as CCRs, SARTs and SMARTs. The 1st webinar will be January 25th, 12-1:30pm Central.

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Join Me in Supporting PIH

I know that I am late to post something about Haiti, but with the reports looking bleaker and bleaker, I figured I’m not too late. Please join me in showing your support through a contribution to Partners in Health, a group providing critical medical care in Haiti. I have pledged to raise $500 through the site: to put this number in perspective, if every regular reader donated $1, we’d reach our goal in a day (and then some). Please visit the FHO contribution site to make your donation: http://act.pih.org/page/outreach/view/haitiearthquake/FHO.

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Stalking in the Workplace

OVC’s next web forum is on stalking in the workplace. The actual forum will be January 19th from 2-3pm ET, but you can submit questions ahead of time, and/or visit the site after the fact and read the responses to questions from other participants.

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Weekly Wrap-Up @ the Sustainability Blog

I’ve been remiss in keeping the sustainability site stocked with new posts. My travel schedule as such has meant only a couple posts over the past 2 weeks. So today’s wrap-up is a couple weeks of content, which sadly doesn’t amount to a ton of info. But what’s there I really like:

  • Meeting ground rules, something I’m a fan of. In my next life I am going to be a meeting consultant and teach people how to stop wasting people’s time. My dad once told me that the best meetings have no chairs, and I’m inclined to agree.
  • Compassionate leadership, because there’s no rule that says we have to eat our young in nursing…

I’m attempting to make my way home from Dallas today, so feel free to make a small offering to the travel gods on my behalf. For those of you with a 3-day weekend (not me–I’m on call Monday) I hope you take advantage of that extra day off and do something fabulous with your time. For the rest of us, well, a weekend’s worth of downtime still sounds pretty good. Hope it’s a great one!

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Hello, Gorgeous…

Anyone else seen the new SAFE TA website?

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Health Care Guidelines for Sexual Assault Patients

I love when things like this show up in my in-box (thanks, Kim!). Virginia has released a new document for healthcare providers: Virginia’s Healthcare Response to Sexual Assault Guidelines for the Acute Care of Adult and Post-Pubertal Adolescent Sexual Assault Patients. I am slowly (sloooowly) working my way through this document, but I am heartened to see such a focused document.

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Canada Updates

Make sure to check out our Canada page for new updates!