Professional Colleges in British Columbia act as a regulatory and investigative body for different professions, especially those that fall under the Health Professions Act. The primary function of these regulatory bodies is to ensure their members are qualified, competent and following clearly defined standards of practice and ethics. All regulatory bodies administer processes for responding to complaints from patients and the public and for taking action when it appears one of their members is practising in a manner that is incompetent, unethical, illegal or impaired by alcohol, drugs or illness.
Our Program Coordinator for Forensic Health Sciences, Sheila Early, recently wrote a commentary piece for Canadian Nurse. In the September 2010 issue, Sheila’s article discusses the profound effect her nursing instructors and mentors had on her career, and how she hopes she’s affecting the students and grads she comes in contact with. The article has been replicated below the cut in case you’re interested in reading more:
The End Violence Against Women (EVAW) International Association is presenting the International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking April 11-13, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Join fellow law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, medical personnel, faith community members, educators and others at this three day conference highlighting promising practices and emerging issues in sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking.
The Child Death Review Unit (CDRU) of the BC Coroners Service is looking for one student to commit to a full-time practicum term from January 2011 to March 2011. The practicum will require a mature person capable of analyzing existing child death files to look for trends, patterns and broad themes. The practicum will provide an opportunity to:
- review and interpret child death files;
- participate in multidisciplinary team meetings;
- develop a protocol to extract salient data from files;
- analyze complex data to identify trends and patterns, and
- develop actionable recommendations in collaboration with stakeholders.
Tina Yeo, one of the Program Coordinators for the Computer Crime program, wanted to bring to your attention an interesting article by Gillian Shaw of The Vancouver Sun about the increase in IT security breaches, especially amongst government organizations:
“The study, based on responses from 523 organizations, found a ‘growing trend towards targeted and sophisticated attacks. These threats are often designed for monetization, either through the theft of corporate secrets or through the acquisition and abuse of identities and credentials,’ the report said.”
On behalf of the Vancouver Police Department, Sara Lee (VPD Homicide Analysis) would like to offer students currently enrolled in the BCIT Forensic Investigation graduation project an opportunity to undertake a practicum placement (4 months, full-time, unpaid) with the VPD Homicide Unit.
The successful student will be providing adminstrative and operational support to the Homicide Analyst. The primary responsiblity will be assisting in an on-going file review project. Specifically, the student will review Vancouver homicide cases and produce analytical products including, but not limited to, time lines, association charts, and telephone toll analysis with the goal of developing investigative leads. The student will also collate and evaluate information received from various sources as well as report on statistical trend analysis.
Patrick Neal, Program Coordinator for the Crime and Intelligence Analysis program, has brought another worthy article to my attention.
This time, it’s a fictional case study from the Harvard Business Review (HBR) which explores a danger to which every organization is now vulnerable: malicious computer attacks. Traditionally, just three experts are invited to comment on the case. In this interactive version, HBR invites you to contribute your own solution:
“This is some kind of system-wide ransomware,” Jacob muttered. “Instead of holding up a couple of people for 50 bucks a pop, these guys are holding up the whole organization. They want $100,000 for the decryption tool.”
Feel free to comment back here on this post after you’ve read it. Tell us what you would do in a similar situation.
November 8th through 12th is Forensic Nurses Week – an event to recognize nurses and other professionals who lead the health care system’s response to violence around the world. You can read more about it in the official news release or visit the International Association of Forensic Nurses website.
Patrick Neal, our new Program Coordinator for the Crime and Intelligence Analysis option, has a great book recommendation for those students interested in investigating or managing social media:
The book, Content Nation : surviving and thriving as social media changes our work, our lives and our future, written by John Blossom, provides a wide-ranging look at what makes social media tick. This revolutionary book offers case studies and practical tips as to how we can conduct our business, our politics and our personal lives using social media.
BC Public Service, under which the BC Coroners Service falls, is looking for a Regional Coroner based in Kelowna. As Regional Coroner, you have the ability to write quasi-legal documents, reports, policies and procedures and have excellent interpersonal skills including sensitivity, empathy, discretion, tact and human understanding when dealing with staff challenges and with grieving families including cultural, age and gender matters. In addition, the ability to work under pressure with consistent interruptions, be on call, and available for travel is also be a requirement for this position.