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News Items – August 16, 2012

Social worker safety urged during committee meeting
State Journal
Society is, by nature, reactive, which isn’t a bad thing, Sam Hickman, CEO of the West Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, told lawmakers during an interim committee of the West Virginia Legislature.

Sitting Bull College offers new UND social work program
Bismarck Tribune
The University of North Dakota Department of Social Work and officials from Sitting Bull College on the Standing Rock Reservation are collaborating on a new UND undergraduate social work degree for this school year.

Students raise $10000 for survivors of mass violence
Florida Flambeau
McPherson, a doctoral student of social work at FSU who also teaches at the university, first heard about the cause through another Florida State faculty member, art professor George Blakely. When McPherson first got involved with One Million Bones, she hoped to connect the war on human rights with the ideas her students were learning about in the classroom.

Burbank psych unit fills in a gap
WGN Online
During a call-out on a recent Friday, Burbank police Officer Kristiana Sanchez and Svitlana Anishchenko, a clinical social worker, were briefed on the situation when they arrived at the scene. They entered the man’s home and quickly assessed the situation.

Humor Is More Than a Punchline
Huffington Post
As a hospice social worker, my role was to provide psychosocial counseling to terminally ill patients and their families. Once, I was on my way to visit a patient and, unbeknownst to me, I was given the wrong directions to the patient’s house.

 Are We All Braggarts Now?
The Wall Street Journal
Clearly, the Internet has given us a global audience for our bombast, and social media sites encourage it. We’re all expected to be perfect all the time. The result is more people carefully stage-managing their online image.

Watch Your Meds – Medication errors are rising – but these simple steps can help keep you safe
Medical Malpractice Lawyer Blog
Bar codes and other mistake-reducing measures help, but they can’t prevent every error. “Prescriptions are checked and even double-checked before getting to the patient, and still errors get through,” says Maura Conry, Pharm.D., a pharmacist, psychotherapist, and social worker in the Greater Kansas City area.

A Team Approach to Reducing Complex Discharge Delays at Denver Health

Healthcare Financial Management Association
The committee’s work has helped lower the hospital’s average length of stay (LOS) for adult nonobstetric patients by a full day—from five to four days—in three years time. “We think the return on reducing LOS has been about $2 million to $3 million annually,” says MacKenzie.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker is New Assistant Principal at Churchville
Patch.com
Pogue Reeder is a licensed clinical social worker. She most recently served as building assistant to the principal of John Sipley Elementary School in Woodridge District 68, where she was also the social worker. In addition, she functioned as the department chairperson of psychologists and social workers for the entire district.

Living With HIV: Are We “Damaged Goods”?
TheBody.com
By David Fawcett, Ph.D., LCSW Todd sat slumped on the sofa in my office. He avoided eye contact and described a particularly painful experience with stigma.

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