For those of you trying to get more SANEs trained, but unable to access a training in your area, or unable to afford to pay for nurses to travel, Duquesne is having an online SANE course beginning September 14th. Cost is $595, but IAFN members get a $50 discount. There are also group rates available. The course is entirely virtual, so there's no requirement to spend any time at Duquesne.
 
You can check out the information about the course here.

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I'm so excited to announce that the website for AEquitas is now live. For those of you unfamiliar with this new project:
 

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I had a reader ask for some basic resources on emergency contraception. Specifically information supporting the argument for using Plan B (a more expensive medication) over Ovral or other combined oral contraceptive pills (which cost pennies). The reader mentioned that from a sustainability perspective, doesn't it make sense to go with the cheaper medication?
 

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We are close to having our next bulletin on writing business plans available, so in anticipation of said forthcoming bulletin, I want to talk briefly about planning in general. Planning is not something into which I've seen many SANE programs put a lot of time and effort, except when forced to do so by a third party, like a potential funder during the grant writing process. I think sometimes we write planning off as a luxury we can't afford, or we just don't think it's necessary for the everyday business of caring for our patients.

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Generating media coverage isn't a skill many people running SANE programs possess. Let's face it--we don't get an opportunity to hone this particular skill set with any regularity. And yet being able to draw attention to our programs, staff and services allows our communities to better get to know us. The more our communities know (and value) our work, the more integral our services become to their infrastructure. It becomes easier to recruit new staff, cultivate potential donors and establish relationships that can benefit our programs and patients.
 

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This Friday's Q&A comes to us from Shalotta Sharp in Cuba, AL. I met Shalotta, as I meet so many people, through IAFN, in Salt Lake City. It's really one of the best reasons to get yourself to the Assembly, that whole networking thing. I'm so glad she agreed to be the focus of this week's Q&A, as I attempt to highlight practice from all over the country. Thanks, Shalotta!
 

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For those of you who will be attending the IAFN Annual Scientific Assembly, please note that we will be doing a full-day workshop on Saturday, October 24th for program managers (for some reason, they titled it NSVRC Leadership, which doesn't provide much info). The goal of the workshop is to provide program managers with tools and resources to more efficiently and effectively run sustainable clinical programs.

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I am thrilled to announce that our 1st bulletin from the Sustainability project has just been released.

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Anthony Tjan has a great post today about keeping employees happy. It's something we talk about all the time, since we know people aren't always paid what they deserve, and we know the hours people give to call are often ridiculous. And yet, there are some programs that have very little turnover, and it's not necessarily because they have more money than everyone else.
 

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It's always nice to see the work we do get some good press, particularly in a national publication. Check out this article from last week's USA Today, including IAFN President & project consultant Jennifer Pierce-Weeks. Fantastic!

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