Clinical Guide: Peer Review

The issues of peer review, quality assurance/improvement, and competency are critical ones in forensic healthcare. Because of the potential legal ramifications of our findings, we have to be confident in our capacity as objective clinicians, and current in our knowledge and approach. Having some type of quality assurance process in place can ensure that we meet the highest practice standards, but implementing such a process can be daunting for many. What follows are tools and resources to help demystify this aspect of practice management. I have also included some QA information related to educators and educational offerings, since that’s also a big part of the quality process. Keep in mind this guide is not comprehensive, merely an introduction to current research and information (everything is from the last 10-15 years).

From FHO

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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10 Things (Part One): Program Management

[Ed: This week we forgo our usual Monday column for a 10 Things guest post from our friend Jen Pierce-Weeks. It's actually a two-parter, so be sure to check in again tomorrow for the follow-up, which will assuredly be no less…

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10 Things (Part Two): Staff Role in Program Improvement

[Ed: Again, we welcome back Jen Pierce-Weeks with the 2nd part of her 10 Things guest post. If you didn't get a chance to read Part One, you can find it here.] Ten Things Clinical Forensic Nursing Staff Can Do…

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Guest Post: Evaluating SANE Trainers

I'm pleased to welcome Jennifer Pierce Weeks to Forensic Healthcare Online. As a clinician, administrator, national trainer and President of IAFN, she is another one of those folks who spends a lot of time talking with people in the field,…

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How to Read a Scientific Paper

In looking for something completely unrelated, I stumbled upon this infographic from Elsevier on how to read a scientific paper. I certainly spend enough time talking about how important this skill is to develop when I discuss defensible practice and testimony.…

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Maintaining Currency & Competency: Reading (and Understanding) Research

Yesterday, I posted the latest Articles of Note. And along with that post, what I really want to say is this: you have to read articles to stay current. This is especially true of my nursing colleagues, who often don't.…

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10 Things: Professionalism Fundamentals

I have had conversations with close friends about some issues around professionalism in forensic nursing, but I had not considered writing about it at any length until I had a frustrated email from an FHO reader who was wondering if…

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10 Things: Indicators A Program Is Lacking a Quality Assurance Process

10 Things: Indicators A Program Is Lacking a Quality Assurance Process

Unless you're brand new to the site, you already know I am a big proponent of quality assurance (QA) and peer review. As a part of my job I review a lot of medical records (nurse- and physician-generated), and there…

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Articles (Chart Review)

Eight Steps to a Chart Audit for Quality

Eight Steps to a Chart Audit for Quality. (Family Practice Management)
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Articles (Clinical Competency)

The SAFE CARE Model: Maintaining Competency In Sexual Assault Examinations Utilizing Patient Simulation Methods

Ferguson CT, Faugno D. The SAFE CARE Model: Maintaining Competency In Sexual Assault Examinations Utilizing Patient Simulation Methods. J Forensic Nurs. 2009;5(2):109-14.
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Enhancing Effectiveness In Assessing Forensic Nursing Staff Competency

Miller PJ. Enhancing Effectiveness In Assessing Forensic Nursing Staff Competency. J Forensic Nurs. 2007 Summer;3(2):72-6, 86.
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Articles (Competency of Educators)

Development Of Educator Competencies And The Professional Review Process

Johnson S. Development Of Educator Competencies And The Professional Review Process. J Nurses Staff Dev. 2002 Mar-Apr;18(2):92-102.
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Articles (Peer-Review)

Peer Review in Forensic Science

Ballantyne KN, Edmond G, Found B. Peer Review in Forensic Science. Forensic Sci Int. 2017 May 25;277:66-76.
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Peer Review for Advanced Practice Nurses: What Does It Really Mean?

Briggs L. Peer Review for Advanced Practice Nurses: What Does It Really Mean? Heath J. AACN 2005;16(1): 3-15.
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The Use Of Peer Review In Nursing Education And Clinical Practice

Boehm H, Bonnel W. The Use Of Peer Review In Nursing Education And Clinical Practice. J Nurses Staff Dev. 2010 May- Jun;26(3):108-15.
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Nursing Peer Review: Principles and Practice

Haag-Heitman B, George V. Nursing Peer Review: Principles and Practice. (FULL-TEXT). Amer Nurses Today 2011;6(9): 48-53.
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Articles (Quality Assurance: Education)

A Quality Assessment of Pediatric Sexual Assault: Pediatric Nurse Training and Care

Hornor, G. A Quality Assessment of Pediatric Sexual Assault: Pediatric Nurse Training and Care. (FULL-TEXT). On the Edge. International Association of Forensic Nurses.
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Quality assurance for online nursing courses

Little BB. Quality assurance for online nursing courses. J Nurs Educ. 2009 Jul;48(7):381-7.
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Online Education

The Hows and Whys of Chart Audits

The Hows and Whys of Chart Audits. (Duke University School of Medicine)
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What Is Quality Improvement?

What Is Quality Improvement? (Duke University School of Medicine)
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Peer/Chart Review Tools

Peer Review for Annual Evaluation: RN

Peer Review for Annual Evaluation: RN (UK Health Care)
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SAFEta Project (IAFN)

SAFEta Project (IAFN)
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