I’m pretty bad at saying no in my professional life, but I’m getting better. Many of the people I love in this world are also pretty bad about saying no, so this post is as much for them as it is for me. Saying no can be scary, especially when you’re on your own, but I have learned that it’s amazingly empowering, too. So if you are challenged by the notion of saying no, here is a special edition of Since We Last Spoke–because “No” is a complete sentence, and we probably should utter it a whole lot more.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for our webinar yesterday. The Tribal Forensic Healthcare project actually offers two webinars a month: one pediatrics, one adult. October’s peds webinar is Total Recall or Mission Impossible? Developmentally Sensitive Interviewing of Children. It will be held October 9th from 3-4:30 pm, and as with all of the webinars from this project, free CEUs are available (1.5) and CMEs have been sought.
Here’s a publication that got buried in my inbox–Understanding Elder Abuse (PDF). It’s an NIJ research brief that came out this summer, and the emphasis of the article is on theories that help us understand elder abuse and why it occurs. Wonky, but interesting. Certainly some ideas that can help us shape the conversation about elder abuse.
A Happy Monday to you all (or Tuesday for my subscribers who get this one day late)–I am finally back from Japan after a longer-than-anticipated trial and am thrilled to be home for the next 5 days. Hopefully some of you will be joining my colleague Jen Sommers and me on Wednesday for our webinar (a very clinically-focused session). And speaking of that webinar: a special congratulations to a member of our IHS project team–Sarah had her baby on Saturday–Noah James. If you’ve seen the photos on Facebook than you can back me on this–she grew herself a good looking baby boy.
I put in some long days in Japan, but had plenty of time to read while jet lagged out of my skull this morning, so here’s what I’ve been checking out since last we spoke:
I received a request for some new research that was available free, full-text, so what follows is some of the recent literature, all full-text PDFs. As with Articles of Note entries, this is not an exhaustive list; just a sampling of what’s come across my radar. I’ll try and do this type of post periodically…
IOM is having another report release event–this one is Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States. It will be held live and via webcast September 25th at 1pm ET. Registration is required for attendance online or at the event in DC. I will post the report when it becomes available.
I awoke in Japan this Tuesday morning (way too early) to news from my spouse that all of our friends are okay and accounted for at the Navy Yard, so I am grateful for that blessing, and also angry and horrified at the violence in a place where I have spent a significant amount of time professionally. There are plenty of links to the shooting and there will be much to read in its aftermath, so I am going to forgo that here, and share instead what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
I had a reader ask me about my essentials for travel, especially for long flights. A fitting question, since I am typing this while I wait to board a flight to Tokyo. That’s a 14 hour jaunt from Dulles to Narita, and while I’m grateful for the non-stop, it’s a serious haul. So here’s what I have to have when I’m making a trip like this:
The students in our sustainability course have been having a fantastic discussion on chart review, which inspired me to update the clinical guide on peer review and competency. I have added a significant amount of content, including specific sections on how to conduct chart review, and a new section on quality assurance and quality improvement. I also updated the links to the 2nd edition of the National Protocol which support both competency evaluation and peer review. It had been a few years since I wrote that clinical guide, so I’m glad I had the push to get it updated. Hope it’s helpful.
Medscape has a free (very) concise overview on Drugs of Abuse for clinicians that’s worth perusing. It’s in no way comprehensive, but it is a good way to familiarize yourself with some of the newer drugs you may be seeing in your practice, such as Molly and bath salts. Medscape requires registration to access the site, but it’s free and worth doing– I get a boatload of CEs from the site for my various certifications and licensures.
The Institute of Medicine is releasing their report, New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research this Thursday, September 12th, at 1pm ET–live and via webcast. If you’d like to participate you can register here.
Trust me, I know that I owe you folks some Since Last We Spoke posts, but the fact is, right now I am marathon working so that I can be on the road most of the week and then come home, switch suitcases and swap dirty laundry for clean and then get back on a plane to Japan for an unknown number of days. That means I haven’t been reading a whole lot of anything for personal gratification. But I did see this–and it is perfection. At least the 1st 90 seconds or so is–because it’s the part that is so relevant, no matter what you do for a living.
The intersection of science and sustainability? Be still my nerdy heart. A worthwhile read from Help Scout: 10 Academic Insights on Building, Motivating and Managing an Exceptional Team.
Late notice on this one (sorry, that’s 2 for the week), but here’s another webinar for Tuesday, September 10th from 2-3:30pm ET. OJJDP is offering Child Trafficking, Girls and Detention: A Call to Reform. From the announcement:
New from the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, Measuring the Prevalence of Crime with the National Crime Victimization Survey. From the press release:
In 2010, the prevalence rate for violent crime was similar for males (20 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older) and for females (19 per 1,000). However, prevalence rates were higher for persons ages 18 to 24 (20 per 1,000) than for persons ages 25 to 34 (14 per 1,000) and persons 35 or older (seven per 1,000). Other findings from the report include the following:
First, let me just say this: tonight (Wednesday) begins Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Shanah Tovah to all who are observing the holiday. I will be spending a quiet holiday at home with my spouse (and my shiny new ID card!). Second, for those of you who interface with or work in corrections, the National PREA Resource Center is hosting a webinar next week on September 10th from 2-3:30 pm ET: Sexual Assault Forensic Protocol Guide for Corrections–Working Together to Provide a Victim-Centered Approach.
Because so many of our CE posts are for nurses only, here’s a little love for our physician readers (don’t worry, there are nursing CEs available, as well)–Understanding Youth Violence: Integrating Assessment, Prevention and Intervention in the Clinical Setting, offered by the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. The session will be held November 21st from 1-2:30 ET. 1.5 CEs are available.