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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Here's a practical concept for all of you managers: managing up. It's the idea of positioning people so as to accentuate the positive. You can manage up your boss, your staff and even your organization. When you think about how managing up creates an environment where people feel valued and respected, the sustainability implications become pretty clear: easier to recruit, easier to retain.
 

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I am thrilled to announce the availability of two new publications from the SANE Sustainability TA project: Creating a Business Plan for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, and Fostering Collaboration Between SANE Program Coordinators and Medical Directors.
 

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I like short, useful pieces on managing programs. You know that if you read this site with any frequency. But this one might just be in my top 10. A virtual strategy session for running a program in a tough economy. The author's tips are incredibly relevant to our work. I especially love #3: do less with less. 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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NNEDV has a new bulletin, Privacy Concerns When Posting Content Online that's worth perusing. Particularly for those of you using social media sites like Facebook, I think it's a good common sense overview. I think it's a great one-pager to provide new staff members, since it's critical for SANEs to consider what they post and how it can impact them professionally.

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Evaluating your program can be daunting. It's an overwhelming concept for many, and just knowing how and where to start is challenging. But there are many good resources out there to make evaluation a bit less intimidating, so today's post will introduce a few of those.

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From the current issue of Nursing Economics (and summarized by Medscape), an article on retaining an aging nursing workforce. Access is free, but registration on the site is required.

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I'm teaching a SANE course this week in Peoria, IL (which, as it turns out. is harder to get to than Italy). In preparing for the week, I decided to catalog and upload all of my supplemental materials for easy access. So over at the forensic healthcare blog, you can now find a page that has all of these materials in one place. They're categorized and linked to either full text (where readily available), abstracts or websites.

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