This week is the IAFN Annual Assembly, so I will be in Atlanta through next weekend. Posting will be light, but please check in over at the Forensic Health site for updates from the conference.
 
In the meantime, here's a story from Friday's Kansas Free Press you might find interesting (thanks, Kim!).

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We frequently make recommendations about matters of communication in the sustainability project: annual employee evaluations, staff meetings, and unfortunately sometimes, even staff terminations. It's definitely a skill to effectively communicate as a program manager; it's an even greater skill to effectively deliver bad news within that role.

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I am pleased to announce that the reports from Dr. Rebecca Campbell and colleagues on the criminal justice impact of SANE programs are now available online. You can read the full report here (or read the summary here). There's also a a step-by-step toolkit for evaluating the work of SANEs in the criminal justice system you can view here.
 
Fantastic.

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

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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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I often find articles about recruiting and retaining nurses to be irrelevant to our work, because they generally miss the major issues we face. However, I just read this article from Hospital & Health Networks, and I think it makes some excellent points. I especially like their 9 Principles to Foster Staff Retention:
 

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In today's Memphis Daily News there's an extensive article on the Memphis SANE program and the issues that have been plaguing them and their community. It's worth a read, for sure.
 
[The Politics of Rape: What Went Wrong at MSARC, Memphis Daily News, June 29, 2009]

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This week, rather than a coordinator Q&A, I wanted to share Andy Goodman's annual Summer Reading List. If you subscribe to his monthly newsletter, free-range thinking, then perhaps you look forward to this issue like I do. The list is never long, but it usually combines titles that explore the human psyche or human behavior and nonprofit business skill-building. I haven't read any of these (yet), but I usually enjoy his recommendations so I'll probably pick up one or two.
 

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Before I get on a plane for Seattle this morning, I wanted to talk briefly about cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA). It's the technique of selecting among competing wants when resources are limited, a position most SANE programs know well. Do we get a shiny new piece of equipment or do we send 5 nurses to SANE training? Do we add 8 more hours a week to our coordinator position or do we start paying call time? We have a lot of competing wants in our world, and often a paucity of resources.

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