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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I'm pleased to bring you a new Q&A this week, featuring Stacey Mitchell. Stacey is the immediate past-president of IAFN and a fantastic role model for people looking to push the boundaries of where forensic nursing can go. I like chatting with her because she has a similar perspective on the importance of understanding the business of what we do. Located in the great state of Texas, Stacey's now taken on a considerable challenge in her most recent venture--but I'll let her tell you about it herself:
 

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Traci Jones is running the oldest program in Wyoming. In a land of big, open spaces, she's literally covering a lot of ground. I'm thrilled she's agreed to participate in our Q&A this week so you can get her perpsective on running a thriving SANE program in the rural Mountain West. Thanks, Traci!
 
I’ve been a SANE since: 2003

Hospital or community-based program? This program is a hospital based program at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne WY.

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Let me start out with a full disclosure: Val is one of my very closest friends, and there was a time when I saw her more than my husband. One of the smartest moves I made during my tenure of running the DOVE Program was hiring her as my right hand. A couple years in to our partnership, I turned operations over to her and she's been the coordinator ever since.  DOVE is still my clinical home, and I get to spend time in the unit a couple days a month, so I'm able to witness first hand the grace and good humor with which she manages the ups and downs of a busy forensic practice.

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One of the issues we've heard repeatedly in this project is the challenges staff and contract SANEs feel in communicating with their managers and agency administrators. Not feeling like they have a voice and not feeling like their concerns are being addressed has led to problems with retaining good quality, competent nurses.

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I read this blog post over at Huffington Post last week on handling conflict. The post is written within the context of the recent bad behavior at healthcare reform townhalls around the country, but it speaks to the issue generally. I thought the author did a nice job of offering some useful tips and some great real-world examples of strategies people are employing.
 

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One of the things we are big advocates for at the Sustainability project are staff meetings. Regularly scheduled, purposeful staff meetings can be a key way to stay connected to your team. Moreover, they're one of the most effective mechanisms for providing staff updates, conducting peer review and engaging in other activities that keep our programs current and high quality.
 

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I'd like to give a quick plug for our session at IAFN this year. For those of you attending, we will be doing an all day workshop (PDF) on Saturday, Oct. 24th on program management and leadership development. The workshop will use a mock clinical program case file (given to people in advance) to tackle common issues that develop in the course of running a program.

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First off, apologies for the paucity of posts as of late. I am smack in the middle of a 12 city/8 week tour of the US (because March and April are incredibly busy training months), and I simply haven't been able to keep up. This week is relatively quiet with only an overnighter for me tonight, so I hope to get more content up than I have over the past 2 weeks.
 

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We talked a little bit last week about leadership and succession planning. This week, let's talk about leadership and skill sets. Specifically the qualities that effective leaders possess. The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE--funny) puts out an annual competency self-evaluation (PDF), "designed to help healthcare executives identify their areas of strength as well as areas that they might want to include in their personal development plan.

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