Archive: November2016

Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2014

New from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the report Crimes Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2014 (PDF). The one-page summary is also available for download. From the press release: Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009–2014 - Statistical Tables (NCJ 250200) is…

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Team Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Every year I like to put together a team holiday gift guide; the work we do is tough and the hours sometimes challenging, so finding opportunities to celebrate one another is particularly important. What follows are 10 things that have caught my…

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Since Last We Spoke, 11-28-16

Hope you had a lovely (extended) weekend. We had a great holiday, and although our trip home took 2.5 hours longer than normal (thanks, DC traffic), Hamilton might just be the chillest pup around. He slept the whole way home,…

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Giving Thanks, 2016

This Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the US. And with all the complicated history that holiday holds, it remains a time to take a hard look at the life I lead and express some real gratitude for what I have. I…

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Since Last We Spoke, Thanksgiving 2016 Edition

This may be one of my favorite weeks of the year--my family is serious about cooking, so we are hard core about our Thanksgiving meal. Invariably my parents' table includes an assortment of medical students, residents and/or attendings who had…

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Health Care Providers’ Role in Identifying and Responding to Older Victims of Abuse

NCALL has a webinar coming up: Health Care Providers' Role in Identifying and Responding to Older Victims of Abuse. The session will be held 8 December at 11am ET. From the site: Health care providers are in a unique position…

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Non-Fatal Strangulation Documentation Toolkit

Here's a project to get excited about: IAFN just released the non-fatal strangulation documentation toolkit, available for free download (PDF). As noted in the preface, the toolkit "provides the forensic nurse with detailed guidance on assessment techniques, documentation, and evidence collection…

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The Urgency of Intersectionality

We do not spend a whole lot of time in forensic nursing talking about intersectionality, of which I was reminded when I received notice of this new TED talk today. That in and of itself is an issue. But the…

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Since Last We Spoke, 11-14-16

I'm in Norfolk, VA this week with the Navy, and my schedule will be a bit unpredictable, so please bear with me as I try to get posts up. Some weeks I"m better at planning ahead than others--what can I…

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This Forensic Nurses Week, A Look Ahead

To wrap up Forensic Nurses Week, let's talk about what the future holds for the profession... We're at this point in our profession where we can really enumerate some incredible collective accomplishments, including multiple national protocols, a significant body of research,…

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Be Better: Implement a Quality Improvement Process

This Forensic Nurses Week, we're talking about ways to make our practices better. The last couple days have focused on individual performance. Today, let's talk about program performance... The expert at trial should never be the first person to review…

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Strive for Better Documentation

Because it's Forensic Nurses Week, we're focusing on ways to improve practice. Today, let's talk about documentation. Want to know my one wish for better medical-forensic documentation? Three words: review of systems (ROS). Seriously--hear me out on this. In order…

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This Forensic Nurses Week, Ask Yourself: How Do We Do Better?

This week, because it's Forensic Nurses Week, I'd like to talk about how we can keep getting better. First up: one way to generally improve our value to patients and the justice system simultaneously. There's a lot to really celebrate…

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It’s Forensic Nurses Week! (And a Few Other Things)

Happy Forensic Nurses Week to all of my colleagues around the world. Here's to everyone who is doing this important work with the myriad populations we serve every day. If you haven't seen the packet of information IAFN has for…

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Criminal Victimization, 2015

Brand new statistics (PDF) on criminal victimization out from the US Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics. Particularly for those of you seeking support for your programs or engaging in educational endeavors, here's what we know about crime last year, including…

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