American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Foundation Announces 2019 UPS Foundation OHN Research Grant

Chicago — The AAOHN (American Association of Occupational Health Nurses) Foundation is proud to announce the 2019 UPS Foundation Occupational Health Nurse Research Grant recipient is Sally Moyce, RN, PhD, at the College of Nursing at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. Research provides the foundation for the specialty of Occupational Health and Environmental Nursing and is one pillar of the Foundation’s mission.

Dr. Moyce’s research is entitled, Effect of State Regulatory Citations on Water Access in Agricultural Worksites. This research will investigate the effect that state heat standard citations have on the provision of drinking water in agricultural work sites. Data from this analysis will inform discussions regarding the efficacy of regulatory activities on the practices in the field. Findings will provide information about the degree that inspections and subsequent citations influence the health and safety of agricultural workers and whether or not employers respond to citations by improving access to water. These findings may also influence how OSHA funding is allocated in the future. Research outcomes are expected to have a significant impact on policy and enforcement agencies, employers and supervisors, and workers themselves. Additionally, occupational health nurses who work with agricultural workers may use this information to advocate for increased access to drinking water at worksites and may promote efforts to reduce heat related illnesses in the fields.

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 our generous donations from our Sponsors, AAOHN chapters and AAOHN members. The 2019 AAOHN Foundation OHN Research Grant is generously sponsored by the UPS Foundation. This award was given in support of research to impact worker health and safety around the world.

“The UPS Foundation OHN 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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