Before I get on a plane for Seattle this morning, I wanted to talk briefly about cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA). It's the technique of selecting among competing wants when resources are limited, a position most SANE programs know well. Do we get a shiny new piece of equipment or do we send 5 nurses to SANE training? Do we add 8 more hours a week to our coordinator position or do we start paying call time? We have a lot of competing wants in our world, and often a paucity of resources.

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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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Fieldstone Alliance just released their latest (and last) chart in a recent series on cushioning yourself against the economic downturn. They describe the chart as a review of engagement strategies, but in simpler terms, its a look at how programs can work with their communities, the agencies within their communities, as well as with each other, to get through the tough times.
 

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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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Good morning from sunny Anaheim! This morning, I just wanted to put up a quick post on some financial management resources developed by the Nonprofits Assistance Fund. Their site has a couple great tools that might be helpful for some of you looking at your current budgets and shaking your heads--or looking at next year's budget predictions and worrying. Among the items you'll find are:

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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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I am well aware that proofreading and editing don't sound like the world's most fascinating blog entry topics. But they're on my mind right now as I read several pieces written by colleagues. Granted these are articles for publication, so proofreading and editing are expected; the authors know that this is part of the gig. But proofreading and editing are acquirable skills, and as you write with greater frequency, necessary ones.
 

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Idealware is hosting a webinar June 4th from 1-2:30 EST on getting started with online conferencing and seminar tools. Registration is $40, but it looks like they'll cover a lot of ground for the money:
 

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Enterprise Community Partners has a great fundraising tutorial on their site. It's comprised of 7 sections that give you a comprehensive guide to the fundraising process:
 

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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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