1. Snowden, Frances BS, RN, CRRN, CCM, Contributing Editor

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Carol Harnett outlines four steps we should consider to approach success with ourselves, our colleagues, our employees, and our clients. In Part 1 of her article, she discusses "Step 1: Facts Do Not Change Behavior" and "Step 2: Make It Personal." In Part 2 (which will appear in the next issue), she will discuss "Step 3: Just Because They Show Up, It Doesn't Mean They're Committed" and "Step 4: Bend Your Knees, Lean Forward and Enjoy the Ride."


Kristin Tugman points to the field of private sector vocational rehabilitation, which has yet to adequately address return-to-work planning for individuals experiencing the need for short-term disability for psychiatric reasons. The lack of resources for these individuals will only lead to an increase in long-term disability and ultimately an increase in the number of applicants for social security disability benefits. The private practitioner is in a unique position to help develop this opportunity. The purpose of her article is to alert the private practitioner to the emerging industry of addressing psychiatric disabilities within the competitive workforce. It also offers one possible technique to aid employees with psychiatric disabilities in the return to productivity while preventing chronic disability status.


Elizabeth Watson illuminates for the reader the ethical considerations the workers' compensation case manager is facing daily. She first discusses ethical balance that must be maintained between all the professionals working on the case to best serve the interest of the injured worker. Next, she guides the reader through the pitfalls they will encounter when providing ethical case management services that are in line with professional codes and standards. Elizabeth concludes by giving readers a method to get all issues in focus, by providing a list of action-provoking questions.


Frances Snowden, BS, RN, CRRN, CCM


Contributing Editor