American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Foundation Announces 2019 Medique Research Grant

Chicago — The AAOHN (American Association of Occupational Health Nurses) Foundation is proud to announce the 2019 Medique Research Grant recipient is Anne Gelber, MSN, ANP-C, PhD, Nursing Science candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA (UCLA). Research provides the foundation for the specialty of Occupational Health and Environmental Nursing and is one pillar of the Foundation’s mission.

Ms. Gelber’s research entitled, “Expression of Breast Milk in the Workplace: an analysis among nurses, nurse managers and hospital representatives in general acute care hospitals.” will investigate the associations between workplace factors and the duration of breastfeeding, the duration of expression of breast milk in the workplace, and adherence to CDC guidelines for cleaning a breast pump among employee nurses who return to work within one year after childbirth. The research participants will include nurse managers, registered nurses, and hospital representatives from multiple hospitals in Los Angeles County. Research results are expected to inform policy, protect the rights of working mothers, and inform hospitals on ways to ensure that employees can meet their breastfeeding goals.

Every year, the AAOHN Foundation awards numerous scholarships, academic studies awards and research grants to occupational health and environmental nurses who qualify for these funds. The funds are made possible by generous donations from our Sponsors, AAOHN chapters and AAOHN members. The Medique Research Grant is generously sponsored by Medique Products. This award is given annually in support of research to impact worker health around the world.

“The Medique Research Grant recipient represents an occupational health nurse striving with passion and dedication to improve the quality of care given by Occupational Health Nurses to workers,” said Jeannie K. Tomlinson, AAOHN Foundation Chair. “Our recipients are leaders in workforce health and safety and the Foundation is proud to provide funding for their research as they contribute to the profession.” AAOHN members qualify for these funds by meeting a strict set of criteria. They are selected by a Review Panel and are chosen based on research need, quality of the research and the potential impact to the profession as well as the quality of care given to improve the health and safety of workers."

Contact: Kay Campbell

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