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Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Journal of Forensic Nursing®
The year 2014 represents the 10th anniversary of the Journal of Forensic Nursing, a momentous milestone in the brief history of the Journal. The Journal, as we know it today, represents the collective efforts, dreams, and aspirations of a number of Association members, including Past Presidents, Boards of Directors, and members of the Journal Task Force, who believed that a scholarly publication dedicated to the advancement of forensic nursing science was essential to the survival and ongoing development of forensic nursing as a specialty (Lawson, 2005; Sheridan, 2005). Read the entire column and complete edition online today.
Wherever you are, you can tune into Nursing Success TV on IAFN's Career Center
We know you’re on the go, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss the latest episode of Nursing Success TV, offering information and inspiration from your peers in nursing. From any mobile device or computer, you can view this month’s show which includes...
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- Advice from Dr. Phyllis Quinlan, RN and professional nursing coach
- Insights from Terri Gaffney, RN, on how being a member of nursing associations enhanced her career
- Special career memories from Ruth Rodie, RN, Flight Nurse
Foundation Scholarship Program is now accepting applications
The Foundation Scholarship Program provides financial assistance for members and other forensic nurses around the world who might otherwise be unable to attend the organization’s annual International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice.
This year's annual conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, from October 22-25, 2014, at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs.
Apply online or download the paper application through April 22, 2014.
Still time for the 2014 ANF Nursing Research Grants
IAFN is collaborating with the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) to offer a $5,000 research grant to a forensic nurse researcher. The grant application is open to all of IAFN's global members.
This award is part of the 2014 Nursing Research Grants which offers nursing research awards totaling more than $225,000 to beginner and experienced nurse researchers. Information about all of the awards is available at: GIVETONURSING.ORG. The application deadline is May 1.
Last Chance - 2014 Call for Awards
5 days left to nominate that special person. Already nominated someone? Now is the time to confirm that your nomination is complete, your letters of support and CV have all been received. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
To recognize your selected individual, please submit your nomination no later than April 15, 2014.
Honorees will be recognized during the 2014 International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice in Phoenix, Arizona, Oct. 22-25, 2014.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.
Be more than a bystander
A groundbreaking partnership between the BC Lions and EVA BC that sees sports icons from the BC Lions using their status and public profile to create awareness and urge everyone to “Break the Silence on Violence Against Women”. Founding partners of the Be More Than a Bystander initiative are Status of Women Canada, the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development and Encana Corporation.
Sexual assault allegations against ex-hospital aide uncovers similar claims over 14 years
New York Daily News
Two patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles told police they were heavily sedated and unable to cry for help when assaulted by since-fired nursing student, Guillermo Fernando Diaz, 56, the LA Times reports.
Rape, sexual assault continuing problem in San Antonio
According to a report released by the White House Council on Women and Girls, nearly one in five women, and one in 71 men have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lifetimes.
Judge: Sexual assault victim will be able to present evidence police culture contributed to attack
A federal judge ruled one of former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos' sexual assault victims will be able to present evidence that police culture contributed to her attack.
Trafficking: Women lured with student visas forced into sex slavery
The Sydney Morning Herald
A Sun-Herald investigation has found that after arriving in Australia on travel visas, dozens of women from Hong Kong and Thailand are being met by brothel managers who lodge study visa applications on their behalf. While most submissions fail, appeals are routinely lodged in the knowledge the process takes up to two years.
Violence against women: An EU-wide survey
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2014
This report presents the first results from the most comprehensive survey to date at the level of the EU (and worldwide) on women’s diverse experiences of violence. It is hoped that the report’s findings – read alongside the online data explorer tool – are taken up by those women and men who can advocate and initiate change to address violence against women.
Brief explores protective factors to address child abuse and neglect
The Child Welfare Information Gateway, Administration for Children and Families, has released “Protective Factors Approaches in Child Welfare.” This issue brief is designed to help policymakers, administrators, child welfare and related professionals, service providers, and advocates understand approaches to preventing and treating child abuse and neglect by addressing individual, relational, and community risk and protective factors.
Fourth national incidence study of child abuse and neglect (NIS-4): Report to Congress. Sedlak A.J, Mettenburg J, Basena M et al. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, 2010
This report provides updated estimates of the incidence of child abuse and neglect in the United States and measure changes in incidence from the earlier studies.
Preventing child maltreatment: A guide to taking action and generating evidence. World Health Organization and International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, 2006
This guide combines the accumulated expertise of both organizations and provides the necessary tools and information to governments, civil society and international organisations in their efforts to prevent and respond to violence against children.
Changing how colleges deal with rape
Sofie Karasek spent her freshman year at the University of California at Berkeley the way most college kids do. She got used to roommates. She went to parties. She learned to wear shorts in winter — which, as a Boston transplant, she found “totally weird.” And in February 2012 she signed up for a three-day retreat with a student political club, joining 34 other undergrads on a trip to San Diego. At the retreat, Karasek, now 20, shared a cramped hotel room with a dozen other students. At around 3:30 a.m. that first night, she woke up to find the guy next to her had his hand down her pajamas.
Sexual assault victims find care for more than just visible wounds
It looks like a hospital room, with its exam table, cabinets and a doctor's stool. It smells like a hospital room, with pungent antiseptic hanging in the air. It sounds like a hospital room, with the clatter of machines and voices in the background. This 12-by-12-foot space at the end of a row of exam stations at Methodist Hospital's ER is, in fact, a hospital room. But here's how it's different from almost every other hospital emergency space in Omaha.
Child abuse, SA and the case of Delft
Eye Witness News (opinion)
In January a 9-year-old girl was raped, set alight, and left for dead beside the R300 in Cape Town. In March, she succumbed to her injuries. This case is unfortunately not a unique occurrence. This year has seen an alarming increase in reports of child rape and homicide in the suburb of Delft and surrounding areas. On 3 March a three-year-old girl was discovered to have been raped by her neighbor. On 8 February, 11 year-old Siphokuhle Flephu was found dead in a shack in Delft, and was also allegedly raped. A week before this incident, a six-year old girl was raped in a communal toilet area in Delft.
Violence against women: Speakers stress awareness about laws
The Express Tribune
Interior Ministry Gender Crime Cell Deputy Director Mehreen Maqsood said the government departments were working under a lot of pressure. There were only two officers who, alongside other duties, were dealing with nationwide issues for women policing. Maqsood said that the cell overlooks operations and works to improve conditions for women police. Moreover, it also gathers data from across the country for better analysis. She said collection of classified data was an issue. “Several police departments do not even understand the law and do not know what the crime comes under,” she said.
Why is violence against women ever sexualized?
Vogue Italia is the latest offender to sexualize violence against women in the name of fashion. Radhika Sanghani unpacks 'shockvertizing' and the deeper message these sorts of campaigns send.
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