Last week, in a comment on my post on the STI Clinical Guide, Kim mentioned the live courses taught by the CDC through the National Network of HIV/STD Prevention Training Centers. Aside from the 5-day course, there is also a 3-day course (which still includes clinical) available. You can check course availability and scheduling here.

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I'm battling some kind of post-travel virus, so today's offering will be a bit brief. But an important topic, I think. Because if you are at all like me, you have a lot on your plate. Programs to run, pagers/blackberries/iphones/email to which you must respond, the other job you may hold and its corresponding responsibilities, family obligations...the list may feel endless. In fact, I noticed last night that my business partner had a lament about the limitations of the 24 hour day as her Facebook status message.

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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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So many of you have expressed frustration at trying to maintain clinical competency for you and your staff. With budget cuts and staffing constraints, traveling to conferences and courses can be a challenge. Providing our own clinical education is not only possible, though, it can be easy, low-tech and free. Over at the forensic healthcare blog today, you'll find a clinical guide I put together on STIs.

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One of the things I really look forward to getting delivered every month is Andy Goodman's newsletter free-range thinking. It's aimed at "public interest communicators who want to reach more people for more impact."  He's a huge proponent of storytelling as a means to communicating your message and this month he has an article (PDF) that takes that idea one step further.

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Trust me when I tell you that this will be the 1st of many conversations we're going to have about recruitment here at the Sustainability blog. Although I wouldn't call myself an expert on the subject, I would say that I have learned quite a bit in the 2 years since this project was born. One of the most important thing I have learned is this: all the literature out there on nursing recruitment (and retention, for that matter), really doesn't apply. For relevant information you need to look to the volunteer literature.
 

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Fieldstone Alliance is one of my go-to sites. I find them to be incredibly useful (and relevant) when it comes to nonprofit management, and funding issues in particular. One of the pages on their site is Opportunities in Lean Times, and it is stocked with fully-linked content on dealing with funding challenges in this trying economic climate. The page is split into 4 sections:

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I am pleased to report we are now able to accept comments! People's accounts have been moved over to the new platform, so the previously encountered glitches should be trouble no more.
 
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Last week, I mentioned social networking (via Facebook) briefly. A lot of nonprofits have embraced social media as a tool for community education/awareness, staff development and more. TechSoup and NTEN have an archived webinar on the topic: Storytelling and Social Media: Building Blocks.

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