Live Webinars


Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0


May 13, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Drs. Olszewski and Wolf will present Information outlining key steps that you must follow to begin creating a virtual presence. They will include how to consistently visit selected social media sites (monitoring/reviewing content being exchanged), how to assess content and evaluate the usefulness of sites (using tools) and how to begin interacting/dialoging with others virtually. A step by step tutorial will be presented/reviewed using screenshots to demonstrate how to create an account and user profile within Facebook and LinkedIn for use in the workplace and for professional networking. Information will be presented on how to create two different user names and passwords supporting the separation of your personal virtual life from your professional virtual connections.


AAOHN Education Partner: University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering



Presenter Information: Kim Olszewski is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Nursing program at Bloomsburg University, and is Vice President of Mid-State Occupational Health Services Inc. Dr. Olszewski has 19 years of occupational health experience in both the industrial and clinical arenas. As an advance practice nurse, she is an owner and practitioner at Mid-State Occupational Health. Another area of extreme interest is healthcare informatics and the integration of social media into the occupational health arena, and also into the classroom. Dr. Olszewski is a Director on the AAOHN Board, and serves on the Communication, Grants, and Sponsorship committees. She recently co-authored Chapter 8: Information Management through Innovative Technology in the AAOHN Core Curriculum.


Deb Wolf is an Associate Professor of Nursing and an independent Healthcare Informatics Consultant. She has over 30 years of experience within the healthcare arena. Her academic area of interest falls within the Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Master of Science in Nursing programs leading course content in evidence based practice, developing practice scholarship, healthcare informatics, and innovative technology. Her area of expertise focuses on integrating technology into a healthcare setting focusing on change management, process redesign and more recently the use of social media in supporting clinicians health 2.0 needs. Dr. Wolf has worked closely with various IT vendors and health systems in exploring and integrating new technologies. She recently published a book titled: Social Media for Nurses: Educating practitioners and patients in a networked world.


Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0


May 19, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 2.9 million individuals in the US infected with chronic hepatitis C (HCV), it seems reasonable that some of your workers are affected. About one in every 33 persons born from 1945 through 1965 (baby boomers) is infected with HCV. Baby boomers make up nearly a third of the workforce and half of those polled recently by Gallup do not plan to retire anytime soon. Because many baby boomers have had HCV for 20 to 40 years, liver related complications, including hepatocellular carcinoma, and liver-related deaths are expected to peak in the next decade and impact your employer’s claims payment burden. There is an urgent need to expand HCV testing of baby boomers. And it is critical that OHNs know the latest treatments and management guidelines for providing care to hepatitis C patients.


AAOHN Education Partner: University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering


Presenter Information: Dr. Cami Graham, Co-Director of the Viral Hepatitis Center in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, will provide a practice update on HCV and the unique role that occupational health nurses can play to encourage screening and linkage to care for the workers they serve. Screening is a key role played by occupational health nurses who are poised to play a larger role under the Affordable Care Act.

Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0


June 10, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Join Dr. Pamela Allweiss from the CDC National Diabetes Education Program to find out more about how you can support your employees who live and come to work every day, with diabetes. Given that diabetes mellitus is an epidemic, there is every reason to believe that you have employees that you know have a diagnosis of diabetes and others about whom you do not know, and more with the risk of developing the condition. This webinar will focus on the impact that job placement, especially shift and type of work can have on an employee with diabetes; how to help the employee to avoid hypoglycemia and medications that can be used for effective control, based on the job.


AAOHN Education Partner: University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering


Presenter Information: Dr. Allweiss is an Endocrinologist who has been working with the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) since 1999, working on several projects that include: the National Diabetes Education Program (a joint CDC and NIH program) worksite initiatives, the Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry (PPOD) initiatives, the CDC National Healthy Worksite Program, and CDC’s Emergency Preparedness Programs. She is also the co-chair of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Health and Productivity Section.


Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0


June 17, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

During this presentation, Dr. Heaton will present the most common sleep and fatigue issues experienced by workers, including shift work disorder and obstructive sleep apnea. The background and significance of these disorders will be discussed, as well as historically significant cases. Common signs and symptoms will be described, along with strategies you can apply to manage these conditions. After this presentation, you will recognize the impact of sleep and fatigue for your employer, in terms of human and financial capital. You will learn the implications for worker health and safety and appropriate screening tools and approaches that you can take to support workers with sleep disorders and/or lack of sleep, especially those in safety-sensitive jobs.


AAOHN Education Partner: University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering


Presenter Information: Dr. Karen Heaton is a faculty member in the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She brings to this program over 33 years of nursing experience in emergency nursing and, 10 years of occupational health. Her past work in occupational health includes director of the Occupational Health Nursing Program for the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety and Nurse Practitioner in the occupational health setting. She is currently a Certified DOT Medical Examiner and has developed both online and live medical examiner certification review courses. Her research examines the relationships between sleep and injury among truck drivers and farmers. Here most recently funded research project examined the effects and feasibility of an online sleep hygiene program among commercial drivers. Dr. Heaton and her husband enjoy antiquing and training (or being trained by) their dog, Rudy.


Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0


July 23, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Join Dr. Rittle as he discusses some of the cultural perspectives an OHN should consider when conducting a complete assessment of an employee. There will be specific focus on assessing nutritional status, weight management and loss, and the physical exam. You will learn how to survey cultural preferences of the African American (Black), Asian, and Hispanic populations as well as some of the sub-cultures found in the white population.


AAOHN Education Partner: University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering


Presenter Information: Dr. Rittle currently teaches in the on-line RN-BSN program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. His courses include Cross-Cultural Nursing, Health Policy and Finance, Community and Environmental Health and Health Promotion. He has over 25 years of faculty experience in Western Pennsylvania in a variety of capacities and has a successful track record as a popular presenter for a variety of topics at AAOHN National Conferences.


Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0


August 5, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Join Dr. Carolyn Bridges, Associate Director of Adult Immunizations at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to learn the 2015-2016 influenza vaccine options, the content of the Influenza ACIP statement and CDC’s recommendations before they are widely released to the general public. She will discuss the latest studies on influenza vaccine effectiveness, plus discuss the full adult immunization schedule from the ACIP and share recent vaccine coverage estimates. To support your health coaching, she will review summaries of focus group testing regarding information that patients ask for about immunizations and provide websites and examples of CDC resources for patient and provider education.


AAOHN Education Partner: University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering


Presenter Information: Dr. Bridges is the Associate Director for Adult Immunizations at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. She has been with CDC for 18 years, working primarily on influenza prevention and control and has held her current position in Adult Immunizations for the past 4 years. Dr. Bridges practices what she preaches and ensures she and her family, including her two children ages 9 and 12, are all up to date on their recommended vaccines.

Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0


September 16, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Clinical practitioners and disability case managers should join Dr. Joshi during this presentation that will guide you through a review of acute vs. chronic pain, radicular vs. somatic referred pain and the contributions of the lumbar disc, facet joint and sacroiliac joint to chronic low back pain. This will flow into a further review how these concepts assist in the diagnosis of chronic low back pain, without needing to rely upon advanced imaging or injection techniques. And finally, he will review how to obtain a precise diagnosis using precision spinal injections.


AAOHN Education Partner: University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering


Presenter Information: Dr. Anand B. Joshi practices physiatry in the Division of Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He currently provides conservative care for neck and low back pain, including diagnostics such as EMG/NCS and spinal injections for many patients who work for a variety of employers. He did a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency at East Carolina University, and an Interventional Spine Fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0


October 7, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

This is an opportunity to hear Jonathan Bach, the Coordinator of the NIOSH National Initiative in Prevention through Design (PtD) speak to the role of the occupational health nurse in strategically advocating for PtD and its use in the workplace vs fixing problems as they arise and caring for injured workers. You will find out ways that you can influence workplace culture change, to where PtD is the “norm, “ where anticipating and designing out hazards in tools, equipment, processes, materials, structures, and the organization of work is the most effective way to prevent occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Best practices and lessons learned will be cited and you will discuss how to use the new ANSI/ASSE Prevention through Design consensus standard as a practical key to worker protection.


AAOHN Education Partner: University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering


Presenter Information: Mr. Bach has been striving to protect lives, limbs, and lungs since 1979 when he signed up for the U.S. Air Force as a “BEE” (Bio-Environmental Engineer). This is where he met his first Occupational Health Nurse. Since then Jonathan has served in private industry, with the Navy at their New London submarine base in Connecticut, and most recently with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Europe as their Safety and Health manager. Having lost his own father to a fatal, and PREVENTABLE, construction health hazard, Jonathan finds it especially fulfilling to now coordinate the NIOSH National Initiative in Prevention through Design (PtD). In addition to holding the Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional designations, Jonathan is a licensed engineer from Syracuse University, where a close relative taught in the Nursing School. He clearly recalls the hardest-working students being Nurses and Architects, and he enjoyed close friendships with each (when they had time for him).

Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0


November 3, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

This webinar will provide an update on the newest guidance concerning the most prevalent emerging infectious/communicable diseases that could impact global travel programs, employer and employee education about emerging diseases, disaster planning and transmission and exposure control. Attend this webinar to learn the latest facts and figures related to risk of infection, control measures, education and trusted resources for further guidance.


AAOHN Education Partner: University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering


Presenter Information: Dr. David J. Weber is a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the UNC School of Medicine and a Professor of Epidemiology in the UNC School of Public Health. He serves as Associate Chief Medical Officer for UNC Health Care and as the Medical Director of Occupational Health and Hospital Epidemiology for UNC Hospitals. He is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases, has conducted numerous infectious disease research projects and published on many infectious disease topics.

Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0


December 2, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Hot topics are telenursing and telemedicine, yet the regulations surrounding this practice are often unclear. What about practicing, especially disability management, across state lines if the state is not a Nurse License Compact State? There is lots of noise in the system about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and implications for the OHN. Often Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is viewed as only applicable to medical benefits plans, but could OHNs be delivering clinical services that should be documented under ERISA? Join Dr. Strasser for a discussion of how these miscellaneous regulations can impact occupational health nursing. Leave armed with questions for your board of nursing, benefits department or your third party administrator (TPA) that should yield responses to clarify the legality of your practice in your location.


AAOHN Education Partner: University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering


Presenter Information: Pat Strasser has over 25 years of experience in occupational health nursing, including direct care, corporate manager, independent consultant, researcher, and faculty for the University of Michigan OHN Master’s program. She is the owner of Partners in BusinessHealth Solutions, Inc, an occupational health consulting company. She has helped many companies develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance with legislation that affects occupational health professionals, and consults with individual OHNs on a regular basis regarding ADAAA, FMLA, OSHA, etc. She has lectured extensively on legal and ethical aspects of occupational health nursing practice and is the co-author of the “Legal and Ethical Issues” Chapter in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th editions of the AAOHN Core Curriculum.

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. is additionally approved as a CNE provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (#CEP9283).