Sadly, this week's Friday Q&A fell through, so I don't have one for you today. However, I am looking for additional  coordinators who want to be featured in this segment. If you're interested, please fill out the attached questionnaire and return it to me. Answers should be concise and as glib or serious as you'd like to make them.
 
Looking forward to hearing from you!

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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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I will be presenting on sustainability here at EVAW this morning, and one of the areas of focus will be the nexus of nursing leadership and staff retention. I've always said that when looking for guidance for effective recruiting, a lot of the nursing literature isn't relevant, because the role of SANE has so many elements of volunteerism (both figuratively and literally) that the nonprofit literature's often a better fit. However, when it comes to retention, the nursing literature's right on the money.

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If you have not yet had the pleasure of working with Diana Schunn, you should do everything in your power to make it happen. I am fortunate enough to have Diana as a consultant on the Sustainability project and have come to admire her very much. The things I love most about working with Diana are her common sense approach, and her ability to parse through the drama to identify the real issue at hand. I think you'll understand exactly what I mean as you read her Q&A with us this week:
 

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Many of you would recognize Karen Carroll if you saw her. She makes an appearance in the DOJ SART video, and she is your guide to the medical forensic exam on the Virtual Practicum. What makes her a standout in my mind, however, is that she is the biggest cheerleader for forensic nursing I know. Her passion for the work is infectious, and you know how much she loves what she does the minute you meet her.

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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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A lot of people ask me about the feasability of establishing their SANE programs (or, in the alternative, their SARTs) as nonprofits, and I think it's a model that can work if you go about it in a methodical and well-informed way*. Starting a nonprofit is more than just getting the government to bless you with 501C3 status, of course, but understanding the rest of the to-do list may have you feeling like you're wandering off into the weeds.
 

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As I finish out a long, but really good week of SANE training in IL, I am pleased to present another midwesterner for your weekly Q&A. Kathy Bell is the Tulsa, OK coordinator, and someone with whom I have had the pleasure of working for many years now. I'm thrilled she agreed to share with us this morning, so without further ado...
 
I’ve been a SANE since: 1994. A nurse since 1974.

Hospital or community-based program? Community

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Jennifer Meyer runs Forensic Nursing Services of Providence, in Anchorage, Alaska. In the short period of time she's been there, she's tackled some huge challenges and yet, still has a passion and drive for the work that I really admire. Sharing a meal is always a high point for me when I make my way up there, and I always love to hear about the "visitors" she gets to her clinic:


[photo credit: Jennifer Meyer]
 

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I have known Diane Daiber for some time now, and always enjoy working with her, if for no other reason than her passion for our work is unflagging. Currently the Coordinator of the SANE program at Hilllcrest Hospital in an eastern suburb of Cleveland, OH, she is also the OH IAFN chapter president. Thanks, Diane for agreeing to share some thoughts with us this morning!
 

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