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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Logic models are one of those things that are great to have available when writing grants or engaging potential donors, but they can be a challenge to create. I think the process of putting together a logic model can be daunting. The details can feel overwhelming and complicated at first glance. In all actuality, logic models can actually simplify things, creating an illustration for the good results we see and why those good results occur.

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Early in the process of compiling resources for this project, I came across The Finance Project. And I read their mission statement:
 
To support decision-making that produces and sustains good results for children, families, and communities. The Finance Project develops and disseminates research, information, tools, and technical assistance for improved polices, programs, and financing strategies.  
 

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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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Over at the Community Driven Institute website, you'll find an interesting article, Building & Sustaining Strong, Engaged Programs. The author looks at how we build sustainable programs, and emphasizes shifting the focus away from the traditional financial-centric approach and focusing instead on infrastructure and community benefit.

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It's no secret that I'm a huge blog fan. When done well, blogs can be fantastic resources. Filled with short attention span-satisfying bits and pieces and loaded with links, blog authors frequently have information before their more established website counterparts. And blogs are written in conversational language I often find appealing. There are so many out there, though, it can be a challenge to navigate the hordes. That's why any time someone publishes a best of list, I'm all in. I'll certainly commit to checking out anyone's blog once.

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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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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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