As evidenced from the lack of posts, I am practicing some radical self-care in these 2 last weeks of the year. While it hasn’t all been happy playtime, I am trying to spend significantly less amount of time plugged in, and significantly more amount of time goofing off with my kid and my spouse. So this will be my last post of the year. Thought you might be interested in what it looked like here at FHO in 2013. And after the jump, a little sneak peak at what next week (and the new year) brings:
A Merry Christmas to all of you celebrating today. Thank yous all around to everyone pulling a shift today. And special wishes of peace and joy to our military members serving around the world.
Just received this report from Sheila Early, (about-to-be-in-a-week) President of IAFN and regular supplier of all things Canadian to this site–and wanted to share it with everyone. Forensic Science in Canada: A Report of Multidisciplinary Discussion (PDF) looks at all aspects of forensic science in Canada, and includes an overview of forensic nursing (beginning on page 41), written by Eveline Gallant and Sheila Macdonald. Even for our non-Canadian readers, this is a concise overview of the state of the science and well-worth a look.
After a grueling week in trial, I was able to get back home this weekend to begin the holiday season in earnest. I had the overnight flight home from Honolulu, and thanks to an upgrade, actually slept the whole way back; I’ve been in a jet-lagged haze for the past 36 hours thanks to that questionable decision. So last night while unable to sleep I finally caught up on some reading (and some emails). Here’s what’s caught my attention since last we spoke:
The Tribal Forensic Healthcare project has another webinar coming up: Abuse Screening, Intervention and Documentation in the Health Care Setting. The session will be held January 24th at 3pm ET. CEUs are available; CMEs have been applied for.
Well, my friends, I am heading out the door bright and early tomorrow for a week of work in the Pacific. I will be putting in some guaranteed long hours so posts next week may be spotty. Please note that if you send me requests or questions I may be a bit delayed in responding, so thanks in advance for your patience. In the meantime, here’s this month’s Articles of Note. Some great stuff out this month, and even a few free full-text articles. There’s a lot to slog through, but I couldn’t help myself. Enjoy.
MNCASA’s Sexual Violence Justice Institute is offering a webinar, The Uniform Crime report Change in Definition of Rape: Updates and New Developments. It will be held January 13th from 12-1:30 pm CT. You can register for the session here.
I’m hanging out at the Army JAG school for a few days, teaching and waiting to hear if I will actually be on the road 2 days or 2 weeks (I could get excited about either, but I’m definitely feeling the pull of being home with my spouse). I could be headed to Hawaii at the end of the week, but that work is up in the air at this moment, so for now I am surrounded by ice and snow in Charlottesville, VA. Not a bad place to be, all things considered. The lousy weather that started yesterday certainly had us home-bound over the weekend, and left plenty of time for napping–and reading. So here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke:
Medscape has an overview of an article (recently published in Neurology), Brain Injury Lingers at Least 4 Months After Concussion, about the length of time it takes to fully heal from mild traumatic brain injury. As professionals caring for assaulted patients it’s certainly worth a read (and some ensuing discussion) considering statements such as this:
He said it was not possible from this study to give advice on how long the brain takes to return to normal. “But I would say that the current advice that the patient just sits out for a week is really not satisfactory. Our results suggest a much longer period is needed for healing. If it was my child with a concussion I would try and preclude activities that might result in another mild traumatic brain injury for at least a couple of months and probably longer.”
JWI’s National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse is hosting a webinar, Vicarious Trauma and Self Care. It’s being offered December 19th from noon-1:30pm ET. Since this is a topic we need to talk about much more and there aren’t a lot of webinars with this focus I would encourage you to consider registering.
The Children’s Safety Network is hosting a webinar on December 11th: Leveraging Hospitals to Stop the Cycle of Violence. The session will be held from 2-3pm ET and is free of charge. Details after the jump:
I hope all of you who were celebrating the holiday(s) last week had a lovely time of it; we certainly did. And what a luxury to just take 5 days off, with minimal connectedness for most of that time. But today it’s back to my fully-plugged reality, and the sprint to get everything done before folks scatter during the last 2 weeks of the year. December means the end of a project; what appears to be the beginning of another; one more military trial; and some quality time with a few of my favorite JAGs. This week I’m home, though, which will hopefully translate to serious productivity and catching up on some reading. Speaking of which, here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke: