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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 I love this sign posted about meeting rules, over at Blue Avocado today:
 

 
"Don't yuck someone's yum"! Outstanding!
 
[Ground Rules for the New Generation, Blue Avocado]

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I periodically read Danielle LaPorte's blog because I like the whole entrepeneurial thing (although it sometimes a little on the heavy-handed side for my tastes). Her post last week on getting your needs met particularly struck a cord, because as we spend more and more time with program managers on this project, I realized how true her observations were.
 

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Over at the Get Rich Slowly blog, there's a fascinating post about negotiating. It really made me think about how often we have to negotiate for ourselves in our line of work: negotiate the ability to conduct these exams, to get paid to coordinate our programs, to work without undue pressures from key stakeholders such as law enforcement and prosecutors, to attract new talent and keep veterans on the roster.

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Sometimes, it's the little stuff that makes our lives easier. Over at Lifehacker, they reported yesterday on a new website that converts documents to other formats--for free, with no need to download anything. CometDocs is a "one of its kinds free online document conversion interface that offers a large set of document conversions that can't be found anywhere else online".

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I am thrilled to announce the availability of two new publications from the SANE Sustainability TA project: Creating a Business Plan for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, and Fostering Collaboration Between SANE Program Coordinators and Medical Directors.
 

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I like short, useful pieces on managing programs. You know that if you read this site with any frequency. But this one might just be in my top 10. A virtual strategy session for running a program in a tough economy. The author's tips are incredibly relevant to our work. I especially love #3: do less with less. Fantastic.
 

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Posting may be a bit light this week while I'm at the NSAC conference in Alexandria. For those of you attending, please stop by and say hello--you'll be able to find me presenting 2 sessions this week, including one on Sustainability.
 
Hope to see you there!

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I often find articles about recruiting and retaining nurses to be irrelevant to our work, because they generally miss the major issues we face. However, I just read this article from Hospital & Health Networks, and I think it makes some excellent points. I especially like their 9 Principles to Foster Staff Retention:
 

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One of my closest colleagues is positively phobic when it comes to writing. She is literally paralyzed when someone tells her to put something in writing. Her writing process is probably akin to my drywalling process--that is to say, nonexistent unless you consider surrounding yourself with the appropriate tools and then sitting in the midst of them muttering and wringing your hands a process.

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