I’m hustling today, big time. The weekend was a busy one, with my kiddo heading back to school and deadlines closing in. So a short list for you today, but still interesting. Here’s what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
Since I am immersed in all things sustainability, I figured I would share an article that is part of the resource library for an upcoming project. Today’s full-text offering is focused on the characteristics of effective clinical leadership in contemporary nursing. Like so many articles I post for this segment, this is a meta-analysis. The results aren’t particularly surprising, but they underscore the need to cultivate certain attributes in our program managers when we consider common threats to sustainability, such as recruitment and retention issues:
First day back in the office, so I’ll be running around madly. But if you have some down time, I highly recommend checking out this NPR interview with former president Jimmy Carter on his call to action against the subjugation of women. I’m listening now, as I gear up for my day. (H/t JPW).
Time once again for Articles of Note, our monthly round up of what’s new and notable in the peer-reviewed literature. There’s some really practice-specific research in here this time around, especially for those of you with sexual assault practices. As always this is neither exhaustive nor definitive, just what’s caught my eye in the last month. Contact me for the word doc if you want it. Otherwise, click through for the PDF:
Greetings from beautiful Eagle, CO! This is truly my happy place and I feel very fortunate that I get to spend time so much time here with my whole family in celebration of my dad’s 70th (except sadly my spouse, who headed back to work today–you’ll find her teaching here the next couple days, for all you peds folks). Granted, skiing and party planning has taken up most of my time, but here are a few things I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
I’m working on some sustainability stuff this week in the early morning hours before hitting the slopes. In looking for something else entirely (isn’t that what always happens), I came across this brief story that I thought was a brilliant illustration of why collaboration trumps working alone. Enjoy.
The folks at FORGE have an upcoming webinar you should absolutely plan on attending: Forensic Exams with Transgender Sexual Assault Survivors. It will be held April 10th from 2-3:30pm CT. Our friend Kim Day, and Eric Stiles from NSVRC will be the guest presenters. More about the session after the jump:
Sorry to have been absent so much last week–the one-two punch of a difficult trial and an epic migraine made the latter half of last week challenging (I have a string of four-letter expletives that’s probably more accurate and descriptive, but we’ll stick with challenging for now). However, my kid is in town and we are heading to my happy place this week (Eagle, CO) for some family time. Posts should be regular–I’m stacking them in advance, and I’ll periodically check emails if you’re looking for me. But don’t expect responses during prime ski hours. I’ll be busy:)
Speaking of vacations, in an unprecedented move I am taking time off during two consecutive months, and need some input from my well-traveled readers. Next month, my best friend and I are heading to Argentina–Buenos Aires and Mendoza specifically. If anyone has some ideas for must-see/eat/stay places, please do let me know. Off the beaten path is particularly appealing. This will be my 1st trip to South America, so I’m pretty stoked.
Anyway, let’s get back to the matter at hand–a little taste of what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
Medscape has an interesting legal column that looks at whether nurses should be paid if they have to be available for work. Since we talk about this type of thing when we discuss sustainability I figured it would be worth a post. As always, access is free, but you need to register first.
The Children’s Safety Network is hosting a webinar March 20th from 2-3:30 pm MT, Recognizing and Responding to Trauma: The ACE Study and Trauma-Informed Care. The session is part of their 2014 webinar series, Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities Through the National Prevention Strategy.
I’m in court this week AND trying to finish off a brand new curriculum (a project I can’t wait to talk more about–just not yet), so it was a busy weekend prepping and writing. There were a few things, though, that caught my eye in moments of downtime. So here’s what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
I love FHO readers–the emails I received about last week’s choice were comical to say the least. If only I could get you to share them with one another [sigh]. I taught for the Army this week, and amidst some fantastic questions was the issue of bruising. Made me realize it was high time for an article focusing on the subject. There’s a new one available that looks at bruising in child abuse–seemed like a good choice for our full-text friday offering:
In light of last week’s post on my observations from court and the recent activity on a couple of the listservs to which I belong, I thought I would expand a bit on the issue of making changes to your practice. I find that people float a lot of ideas out there and some folks are awfully quick to up and make changes based on what they read without necessarily having much evidence to do so (especially when it’s a bright and shiny new toy or a well-known name attached to a particular idea). But the thing is, when you are trying to provide the best possible care to patients AND you will need to be able to explain and defend the clinical decisions you make with those patients in court from time to time, there needs to be actual evidence to support changes you ultimately make to your practice.
The National Alliance to End Domestic Violence is hosting a webinar March 13th–Part of the Family: Animal Abuse and Family Violence. The session will be held from 12-1:30pm ET; Lesley Ashworth and Allie Phillips will be the featured speakers (read their bios here). Note: this one isn’t free: $25 for registration. However, I will say that this is content I include in IPV curriculum; you cannot do effective safety and discharge planning with IPV patients if you are unable to address the safety of people’s pets, which are often a contributing (and sometimes the sole) reasons for victims remaining in abusive relationships. It might be worth shelling out the relatively small amount for this one if you haven’t had this content before.
This month’s pediatric offering from Tribal Forensic Health is on child sexual exploitation. The session will be held March 12th from 3-4:30pm ET, and as with all webinars in this project, CEUs and CMEs are available. The inimitable Dr. Sharon Cooper will be presenting, so it should be a great talk. No description for the session is currently available.
What can I say about this weekend, except it ended with a return of the Polar Vortex. Clearly I’ve gotten soft living south of the Mason-Dixon line for more than 3 years now. My week is completely dominated by the Army and some sustainability work, but I had plenty of down time this weekend (forced–it’s sad but I could have worked all weekend what with the spouse on Reserve duty), so here’s what I’ve been reading since last we spoke: