The Tribal Forensic Healthcare project has a couple of great webinars coming up in October (can’t believe I’m announcing October offerings already), including this one on October 17th at 2pm ET: Co-occurrence of Sexual and Domestic Violence. Raquel Kennedy Bergen is the featured speaker and CEs are available for nurses and have been applied for for docs.
Several experiences over the past few weeks have made me think about collegiality and ways in which we can be good colleagues to one another. Add to that the arrival of this link and this paper (“horizontal hostility” is a fabulous term) in my inbox and the upcoming IAFN conference and, well–it just gets me thinking. So what follows is a new 10 Things list meant to make you think and also, maybe, make you laugh (unless my crass language offends, in which case, perhaps you’d like to skip today’s post?), but really it’s meant more as a conversation starter. Nursing has a reputation for eating its young, but forensic nurses (and by association, our collaborating colleagues), much less so. That being said, it does happen, and it’s both ugly and unfortunate. Be forewarned, there are some generalizations here, which I readily acknowledge. But if it’s on this list it’s because I have experienced it personally or been witness to it secondhand–more than once. More than 5 or 6 times really. Let me know your thoughts.
If you aren’t in Los Angeles right now for the National Sexual Assault Conference, never fear–you can still follow a lot of the action via Twitter at #NSAC2013.
The National Conferences on Child Abuse and Neglect folks are hosting a webinar September 12th at 2pm ET, The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study: Implications for Policy, Practice and Prevention. Objectives for the session include:
I am going to be doing a webinar on alcohol facilitated sexual assault with my colleague Jen Sommers for the Tribal Forensic Healthcare project. The session will be held September 25th from 3-4:30 pm ET. This will be very much geared toward clinicians, so the clinical care of these patients will be the primary focus. The session will be archived for those of you unable to attend the live webinar.
In the spirit of being immersed in the current sustainability course, you know I’m excited about this: Financial Literacy as an Essential Element in Nursing Management Practice, a new article summary over at Medscape. It’s was published this spring in Nursing Economics (if you have access to the journal, you can see the citation and abstract here, as well). Medscape is free to access, but requires registration. If you are managing a program (or aspire to manage a program), it’s a good read. There are some good ideas you may want to run with.
IAFN, in conjunction with NSVRC, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, has released a position statement, Universal Access to Anti-HIV Medication. From the press release (PDF):
“The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV), and National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) released a policy statement today, recommending that systems be established to ensure that survivors of sexual assault have universal access to medications to prevent HIV following rape. In too many communities, access to these medications is lacking or inconsistent.”
Click on the link below to read the full position statement.
Last week officially began my Fall travel season. Through the week before Christmas, I will be on the road some portion of every week, save 3 (and one of those is Thanksgiving). So I have front-loaded my iPad with reading material (some of which has nothing to do with work), rotated the batteries in all of my electronic accessories (noise canceling headphones, remote for my laptop, etc.) and [big sigh] put my kiddo on a plane so she can get back to school. And in the midst of it all? Some fantastic projects, including our latest Sustainability course. Naturally much (but not all) of what I’ve been reading since last we spoke is focused on that:
In the course of doing this work, I come across a lot of expert opinions, given by both physicians and nurses. Some of those opinions are well reasoned and supported by current science and clinical experience. Some of those opinions fall into the category I formally call, “making some s*@t up”. Opinions delivered under the latter category aren’t necessarily delivered with the intent to deceive. A lot of times these opinions are simply based on what the professional believes should be true, rather than what research has affirmed.
A majority of states still lack laws that protect victims of sex trafficking and help survivors rebuild their lives. Only 12 states have full “safe harbor” laws that protect child victims of sexual exploitation, and another six have passed partial versions of the law; 14 states allow prostitution convictions as a result of trafficking to be removed or “vacated” from criminal records; 22 states mandate or encourage posting of the national human trafficking hotline; and 33 states have passed legislation that provides, funds, or plans for victim assistance and protection services.
One of my favorite military destinations is my annual trip to the Naval Justice School in Newport, RI. Never a bad place to go, but particularly lovely in August. So aside from getting to teach with one of my besties, I get the added benefit of the prime seaside location. Before I get on my plane, though, here’s a bit of what I’ve ben reading since last we spoke:
In case you have not heard, the US Public Health Service has updated the guidelines for management of occupational exposure to HIV and recommendations for prophylaxis. You can read the full article in September’s Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, but I have some of major bullet points after the jump:
I am knee deep in two brain-warping activities today: editing and reviewing really terrible, terrible photos (not in quality, but in subject matter). From time to time, I need a bit of brain bleach, and that’s what my Bloglovin role is for (which replaced my Google Reader, RIP). So as I was perusing the blog entries, I came across this one, from a lifestyle blog I read, Cup of Joe.
I’ve had a few questions over the summer from people wanting more information about how to publish. So I’ve put together some helpful online, full-text resources from credible sources on writing for nursing/health science publications. Let me know if there are others you’ve come across that you find particularly helpful.
I tweeted this last week, but I’m not certain it was seen as widely as I think it should be so I’m devoting an entire post to this recent report out of Australia: The Role of Forensic Medical Evidence in the Prosecution of Adult Sexual Assault. I encourage you to read it–much of the discussion that’s been happening on this site and elsewhere is also evident in this publication, which I think is a must-read for any sexual assault clinicians. The analysis is extensive, but this statement from the conclusion is illustrative for sure:
This weekend was a work weekend, which isn’t a terrible thing when the work is really good. I spent most of my reading time focused on the business of what we do (for multiple reasons, not the least of which is that our 2nd sustainability course begins next week), but here’s some of the other stuff that I’ve been perusing since last we spoke:
Our Tribal Forensic Healthcare project has an upcoming peds webinar this month–Sexually Transmitted Infections in Pediatric Patients. The session will be held August 27th at 3pm ET. CEUs and CMEs have been applied for for this webinar.