Time for one of my favorite posts of the year, the annual team gift guide. This year’s has a little something for everyone, and I kept it all under $50 bucks, which will hopefully make it pretty manageable. And since Hanukkah begins Sunday night, we’re squeeking in right under the wire. Happy, merry gift giving everyone!
This webinar will explain the potential utility of case connectivity and discuss how case connectivity can be established through Sexual Assault Kit DNA testing. The webinar will also provide step-by-step guidance on how to organize and analyze the data needed to establish case connectivity. Participants will have ample time after the webinar to ask questions of the presenters.
Dr. Rebecca Campbell is a Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. in community psychology with a concentration in statistics, also from Michigan State University. For the past 25 years, she has been conducting community-based research on violence against women and children, with an emphasis on sexual assault.
Rachael Goodman-Williams holds a master’s degree in community psychology and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in community psychology from Michigan State University. Her work broadly focuses on violence against women, with a specialization in quantitative methods and evaluation science.
It’ll be an abbreviated week here at FHO with the Thanksgiving holiday and all. Honestly, I spent most of the weekend trying to compensate for the days off, and it didn’t hurt that the wife was off with the Army for an extended weekend. That also left me some time to catch up on the interwebs. Here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:
Perhaps you’ve already listened to the Unladylike podcast featuring Trisha Sheridan’s interview on the episode, How to Get a Rape Kit. If not, you should. Overall, I found it to be pretty delightful to listen to, not just because of Trisha’s centering of the health and well-being of patients over the kit itself, but also because of the excellent interview questions and points made by Cristen and Caroline, the hosts of Unladylike. While there were a few (minor) things I didn’t necessarily agree with, it was just so damn refreshing to hear this healthcare focused explanation of the work we do, I was cheering in my office. The dog was frankly concerned.
This is lengthy, but a worthwhile use of time. I look forward to listening to the follow-up episode(s). The next one will focus on prosecution. I’ll update this post with the next episode once it’s live.
With the really chilling stories of the fires in California, I give you this uplifting twitter thread about one particularly heroic nurse in Paradise:
Here’s the crazy story of just one of the many heroes in Paradise, the town destroyed by California’s deadliest fire ever. His name is Allyn Pierce, and he’s the badass nurse who drove this truck through the flames. pic.twitter.com/xAL7zRf34H
Today is a mellow day here at FHO headquarters, as we observe Veterans Day in the US, and I spend it with my very favorite veteran. We are making blueberry ricotta pancakes, just FYI. Thank you, veterans, for your service and dedication. I am lucky to work with and know so many of you. “In valor, there is hope” (Tacitus).
California folks, I hope you all are safe and doing whatever it takes to keep yourselves that way. If you want to help, here are a couple of good articles that recommend specific actions: New York Times; Refinery 29 Please let us know if there is anything FHO readers can do to assist you.
This week is my last reprieve before I’m back on the road every week through the end of the year, and Sasha’s calendar doesn’t look much better. So we’ll be prepping for a lot of travel, including two international trips. But with the long weekend, I’ve had some time to peruse the interwebs. Here are a few things that have caught my eye since last we spoke:
Hey, how about that election the other night! While it was not perfect (Florida, what happened? And the Texas senate race? And please do not get me started on what’s still going on in Georgia…), there were some really incredible things that *did* happen. One hundred plus women going to the House is a pretty big deal. New Mexico sending a full delegation of people of color to the House to represent the state is a pretty big deal. And other firsts: two Muslim women to the House; two Native American women to the House; many LGBTQ+ candidates elected (a rainbow wave!), including an openly gay man elected governor of Colorado.
And a nurse from Naperville, IL named Lauren Underwood became the 1st black woman from her district to get elected. I’d ask you to watch this clip from last night’s Rachel Maddow show about her surprise upset in a very Republican, very white district, because, look, how she went about making it happen was peak nursing (she basically did it all at the “bedside”–she went directly to the people, all of them, no matter who or where they were, even the most underserved by politicians). I found her story to be both inspiring and empowering as a nurse and a policy nerd.
And if that doesn’t light your fire today, here’s a little bonus for you: with the House flipping control, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), a nurse, is now poised to chair the House Science Committee. From The Hill:
Johnson, if elected chair, will be the first woman with a degree in a STEM field to hold the position since 1990. She was the first registered nurse elected to Congress when she won her first term in 1993, and she’s served as ranking member on House Science, Space and Technology Committee since 2011…Johnson released a statement Tuesday night promising to restore ‘the credibility of the Science Committee as a place where science is respected and recognized as a crucial input to good policymaking”.
In this session targeted toward Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, participants will learn about some of the advantages to telenursing, as well as some of the potential obstacles, such as cross‐state licensure, credentialing for nurses responding to a hospital where they are not employees, provision of medications, and maintenance of medical records. Collaboration with hospital medical and nursing staff is key to an effective telenursing response.
Sorry about the late notice on this one: IAFN is hosting a webinar this week, Writing Grants: Show Me the Money. The session will be held on November 8th at 2pm ET. CE is available. The session (free for members, $20 for non-members) will be archived if you cannot attend the live event, which is limited to 200 participants. From the website:
Have you wanted to begin a forensic nursing research project and don’t know where to start? This webinar is for you! In this live webinar, we will go over some strategies for successful grant identification (finding the money) and then give you some tips and techniques to write a successful proposal.
Happy Forensic Nurses Week to everyone! It’s a fine time to take a moment and celebrate the excellent work we all do, although I hope it’s not only appreciated this one week each year. This week is also important here in the US, because it is the critical midterm elections tomorrow. It is it important for us as individuals and professionals, but it’s also important for our patients, many of whom represent populations outside the dominant culture, many of whom have preexisting conditions (or will have preexisting conditions after the violence they have experienced), many of whom have tenuous status as residents of this country (and have that status used as a weapon against them in violent relationships), and most of whom are women and are watching their bodily autonomy slip away with each passing week of the current administration (not just abortion access, but access to birth control, to include emergency contraception). So no matter what you think of the quality of the candidates, no matter how exhausted you are by all the political rhetoric, simply not voting is not an option. Roxane Gay made the case brilliantly in this essay for why your disillusionment doesn’t give you a free pass to just stay home.
It was a very emotional week, following the shooting in Pittsburgh, and for us it was a week of travel capped with services Friday night. Along with 800 members of our community, we turned out at our beloved Sixth and I synagogue Friday night, the place Sasha and I call our spiritual home, for Shabbat services. Prior to standing up to say the Mourners Kaddish for the 11 killed at the Tree of Life synagogue and the two killed in the Krogers parking lot the day prior, our Rabbi asked that we rise in three waves: the 1st wave would be allies–those non-Jews who came to support the Jewish community, to pay their respects to the lives lost, and to stand shoulder to shoulder with us; the 2nd wave would be the Jews in the room (however they chose to define themselves), who were new to 6th and I or at least didn’t identify it as their spiritual home; and the 3rd wave would be those of us who called 6th and I our home. Then she called the 1st wave to stand–and the most incredible thing occurred. The majority of the synagogue rose. And Rabbi Shira started to cry, and Sasha and I were crying (and honestly, we are not criers), and it was such an unbelievable thing to look around and see so many damn people standing up as allies that I cried my way through the entire Mourner’s Kaddish (see the video below) and maybe got every 6th word out. You won’t necessarily read about that aspect of the service, but you will hear a bit about the evening in this article, that also captured services from other congregations around the country in the wake of the shooting. Because that’s the thing about people and difficult times and darkness and all the bad shit we are forced to face–we are resilient and we go on.
It’s time once again for Articles of Note, our mostly-monthly romp through the newly published peer-reviewed literature. This edition is a whopper. Almost six pages of science for you to peruse, and it’s worth going through the whole list because there’s so. much. good. stuff. there. Seriously. Links take you to PubMed abstracts except where noted otherwise. Happy reading!