Forensic Nurses News
May. 1, 2014

Healthcare Response to Strangulation

The Association is conducting a survey to determine what clinicians have participated in with regards to strangulation assessment and documentation training. Participation in this survey is voluntary. Your name will not be associated with your responses unless you provide your name at the conclusion of the survey. Results from this survey will inform the Association Board of Directors and their next steps in providing resources to forensic examiners. Deadline is Monday, May 19, 2014. Please take the survey today! More

IAFN Adult/Adolescent SANE Online Course Now Available

40-Hour Online Training Program with access to optional onsite clinical skills simulation training is here. Member and Non-Member rates apply. Start your course today!More

Education Guidelines

All Forensic Nursing Education Guidelines can be downloaded for free. Have you read the Intimate Partner or Nurse Death Investigator Education Guidelines? Printed copies also available for purchase in the Forensic Nurses Marketplace. More

Housing is Open for Annual Conference

Reserve a room now for the 2014 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice. Registration scheduled to open June 2014. More

Courts must evolve with science
For decades, lawyers, judges, and juries have turned to science to provide objective truths in criminal justice. TV shows like CSI and Bones suggest that forensic analysis can conclusively solve all manner of crimes. But scientific knowledge and expert opinions constantly evolve. When science marches on, how should the justice system respond? More

Handoff Communication: Reducing Errors, Enhancing Continuity
Experience shows that communication lapses are most likely to occur at handoff points, when patient care information is transferred between providers, teams and physical locations.More

Sexual assault victims on college campuses need more help
Myrtle Beach Online
Too many young women, for a variety of reasons, do not report rapes and other sexual assaults committed against them. Some universities poorly handle the incidents they know about. Some don't offer enough help to students involved in these tragedies. The University of Missouri recently conceded it made mistakes involving the case of sexual assault allegations by former MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey, who committed suicide in 2011. An outside review by a law firm pointed out the errors. More

Domestic workers in Qatar face physical and sexual violence, Amnesty says
Gulf News
Qatar has failed to protect migrant domestic workers who face severe exploitation, including forced labour and physical and sexual violence, Amnesty International said. In a new report “My sleep is my break: Exploitation of domestic workers in Qatar” sent to Gulf News Wednesday, Amnesty painted a bleak picture of women who have been recruited to work in Qatar on the basis of false promises about salaries and working conditions, only to be made to work extreme hours and seven-day weeks.More

Europe Treaty on violence against women to take effect
Human Rights Watch
A ground-breaking European treaty on violence against women moved one step closer to entering into legal force, with Andorra becoming the 10th country to ratify it. With this milestone met, the treaty will become binding on August 1, 2014. Countries ratifying the treaty are obligated to protect and support victims of violence. More

How can some of the biggest patient safety concerns in healthcare be remedied?
MedCity News
As hospitals face increased liability concerns under Obamacare, a new report highlighting patient safety concerns could help them better prioritize risks to patient care. Data entry errors for electronic health records and care coordination when patients are discharged top the list of patient safety concerns in a new annual report by the ECRI Institute. Some of these issues could be of interest to healthcare startups. MedCity News lists some of the problems outlined in the report along with some of the recommendations from ECRI.More

Nursing careers: Building a robust professional network
By Keith Carlson
Whether you're a satisfied nurse or a nurse who's totally burned out and ready for change, there's no time like the present to develop and maintain a robust professional network. Some of us hear the word "networking" and run screaming in the opposite direction, while others are ready to do the work of forging long-term, meaningful professional connections. Either way, there's no denying that having your own network of fellow professionals to whom you can reach out is a practice worth pursuing throughout your career. More