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December 3, 2014

12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Sponsored by Axion Healthcare

Business makes decisions based on data, and selecting and using the right metrics can support and expand the influence of your occupational health program. Learn how to use leading and trailing indicators effectively to convey the message you intend. Learn about cost benefit analysis and how it can make your case for additional staffing and demonstrate the value of occupational health services. This session will help you put metrics to work for you and your employer!


Presenter Information: Sharon Kemerer, MSN, RN, COHN-S/CM is the Corporate Director of Occupational Health and Safety for Baxter Healthcare Corporation. She has extensive experience in the design and use of metrics applied to the field of health and safety and will provide real-life examples to enhance participants’ effective use of metrics for business purposes.

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January 15, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Building Strong Chapters with a Foundation of Strong Leadership Series. This is the first in a series of three webinars where you will learn the foundational concepts of a leadership framework called Adaptive Leadership. You will distinguish between Leadership and Authority and between Technical vs. Adaptive work, all in relation to your leadership role in your Chapter. In so doing, you will see how to work through consequential change, in times of uncertainty, when there are no clear answers. You will be better prepared to identify and tackle systemic change through a process of confronting the status quo, distinguish between technical and adaptive challenges, and mobilize others to make progress. You will leave armed with tools with which to experiment over the two weeks between sessions. . Note: There are two other webinars in this series that may be of interest to you: Understanding Members' Needs to Drive Recruitment and Retention and Evaluating Your Core, Emerging, and Legacy Activitiesto Inform Succession Planning


Presenter Information:Sherry Hakimi is a consultant at Cambridge Leadership Associates, LLC. Her career spans the corporate, non-profit, academia, and government sectors. Most recently, she worked in economic development for the City of New York, where she led strategic planning efforts and incorporated adaptive leadership into the strategic planning process. Sherry holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as a BA in International Development and BBA in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is an active member of the Iranian American community, and continues to advise and work with several nonprofit Iranian diaspora organizations.

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January 29, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Building Strong Chapters with a Foundation of Strong Leadership Series. This webinar focuses on learning how to apply the tools of Adaptive Leadership to the critical leadership challenge of understanding member’s needs in order to ensure that the chapter evolves appropriately for the next generation. You will examine ways to mobilize to attract and keep chapter members. Note: There are two other webinars in this series that may be of interest to you: Leading Adaptively and Evaluating Your Core, Emerging, and Legacy Activities to Inform Succession Planning


Presenter Information:Sherry Hakimi is a consultant at Cambridge Leadership Associates, LLC. Her career spans the corporate, non-profit, academia, and government sectors. Most recently, she worked in economic development for the City of New York, where she led strategic planning efforts and incorporated adaptive leadership into the strategic planning process.

Sherry holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as a BA in International Development and BBA in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is an active member of the Iranian American community, and continues to advise and work with several nonprofit Iranian diaspora organizations.

Course Type: Webinar
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February 12, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Building Strong Chapters with a Foundation of Strong Leadership Series. Building on the Adaptive Leadership knowledge and skills you have developed over the past two sessions, this final session will focus on applying your Adaptive Leadership skills to assess which of your and your chapters’ behaviors, practices, and capabilities are core to your operations, what is necessary for emerging opportunities, and what is hindering progress. You will make a diagnosis that will inform the behaviors you want to look for, encourage and cultivate in your mentees and future leaders, and ultimately, empower your chapter to adapt. Note: There are two other webinars in this series that may be of interest to you: Leading Adaptively and Understanding Members' Needs to Drive Recruitment and Retentiion.


Presenter Information:Sherry Hakimi is a consultant at Cambridge Leadership Associates, LLC. Her career spans the corporate, non-profit, academia, and government sectors. Most recently, she worked in economic development for the City of New York, where she led strategic planning efforts and incorporated adaptive leadership into the strategic planning process.

Sherry holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as a BA in International Development and BBA in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is an active member of the Iranian American community, and continues to advise and work with several nonprofit Iranian diaspora organizations.

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March 4, 2015

12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Join Dr. Kleinschmidt, Professor of Emergency Medicine; Section Chief and Program Director, Medical Toxicology; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in a discussion of how both legal and recreational drugs have the potential to impact worker performance and safety. This presentation will address challenges and issues associated with commonly used medications and provide an overview of some newer medications. Plus, in this webinar, learn how poison centers and medical toxicologists are tools and resources for the occupational health nurse.


Presenter Information: Kurt Kleinschmidt a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He is Chief of the Section of Medical Toxicology and the Director of the Toxicology Fellowship Program. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology. He has previously worked with AAOHN; presenting at the 2014 meeting in Dallas.

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April 15, 2015

12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Occupational health nurses are frequently charged with managing hearing conservation programs (HCPs). However, despite best efforts to prevent noise-induced hearing loss, employers sometimes struggle to minimize noise-induced hearing loss cases. One approach to help maximize the benefits of a HCP is to incorporate hearing protector fit testing with a field attenuation estimation system (FAES). The use of FAES has been considered best practice, implemented by award-winning companies, and is accepted in the marketplace. This webinar will present why FAES testing is preferred to relying solely on the noise reduction rating (NRR) and various de-rating schemes to predict a worker’s protected exposure. A variety of FAESs are commercially available and their technologies will be compared. FAES are utilized by many employers to provide a vehicle to train and motivate employees on the proper use and fit of hearing protectors. Several additional benefits of including a FAES into a HCP will also be discussed. Lastly, examples of how fit testing has been implemented in industry will be shared.


Presenter Information: Pegeen Smith is a certified occupational health nurse working as a technical service product specialist for the 3M Personal Safety Division. She received her BS in Nursing from Wayne State University and her MS in Occupational Health Nursing from the University of Michigan, and she is CAOHC certified. Since 2003, she has worked exclusively with F-MIRE (field microphone-in-real-ear) technology and its application in industry. As the leader of the Global E-A-Rfit™ Technical Service Team for 3M Company, she provides technical support, education and training for 3M’s F-MIRE system. Pegeen is an active member of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) and a member of the American Board of Occupation Health Nurses. As a member of the National Hearing Conservation Association, she serves on the Conference CNE Task Force committee and is the AAOHN Liaison. She is a published author and Golden Pen Award recipient for an article she co-authored for the AAOHN Journal in 2001. She has presented to customers across the globe as well as for national and local conferences with a focus on hearing loss prevention.

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April 22, 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.


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.

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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.



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.

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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.


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

This webinar will emphasize evidence-based reasons for why respiratory protection should be properly used in the workplace. Exposure scenarios will highlight biological, chemical and dust/pesticide exposures for a variety of work settings. Relevant research findings will be discussed and workplace practice implications will be emphasized including information about: when to wear respiratory protection, based on the type of exposure, what kind of respiratory protection is best to use as well as recommended procedures for putting on and taking of respiratory protection devices. Online educational resources will be presented for possible adoption in respiratory protection program training.



Presenter Information: Lisa Pompeii is Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Texas. She is an occupational health nurse and occupational epidemiologist with expertise in conducting occupational health research, as well as developing online educational training as it pertains to worker safety and health. Lisa was the lead developer of the AAOHN online Respiratory Protection Education Modules.

George Delclos is Professor of Occupational Medicine in the Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and occupational medicine, and a NIOSH-certified B-reader. Among his current areas of research are the epidemiological and clinical aspects of work-related asthma in healthcare workers.

Robert Emery is Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Professor of Occupational Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He has over 30 years of experience in health & safety and holds master's degrees in health physics and environmental sciences, and a doctorate in occupational health.

Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0


February 18, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM ET
11:00-12:00 PM CT

Join Linda and Paula in a review of the physical and mental effects of marijuana, this drug as a medicine and to dispel urban myths. You can take a peek at medical marijuana cards and dispensaries. Learn more about defining safety-sensitive jobs, and examining workplace indications of possible impairment and job performance in both regular and safety-sensitive jobs. Discuss drug testing/MRO interaction; this is not alcohol testing, all over again. Examine OSHA and safety regulations, the current state and federal regulatory environment with marijuana and determine how to update job descriptions, develop policy and administrative guidelines and educate employees and manager.


Presenter Information: Linda Meuleveld Is an Occupational Health and Safety Consultant/Trainer with Med Manage Consulting, LLC in Salem, Oregon. When Oregon legalized medical marijuana and then Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana, Linda had to rapidly determine now to advise her clients. After vast research and much legal consultation, today she presents on this same topic at the 2014 and 2015 AAOHN Annual Conference and is an AAOHN author for the soon-to-be-released Joint guidance statement on the Chemical Impairment Workplace Policy for Marijuana: Guidance for Occupational Health Professionals and Employers by AAOHN and ACOEM. She has over 15 years of experience in Occupational Health and Safety with SAIF Corporation in Oregon. She has certifications in Case Management, Occupational Health, and Disability Management. She is a Fellow in the AAOHN. Linda's specialty areas are Case Management, Ergonomics, Training and Facilitation, and Occupational Health and Safety local conferences with a focus on hearing loss prevention.

Paula Barran, a founding partner at Barran Liebman, has been practicing labor and employment law since 1980. She has written extensively on management law and is a national speaker and trainer. In addition to providing employer advice, Paula handles employment litigation in state and federal courts, and labor disputes and employment arbitrations. Since 2003, Paula has been ranked #1 for Labor and Employment Law defense in the State of Oregon by Chambers & Partners USA, and has been named in US News' Best Lawyers' directory since 1995.


Course Type: Webinar
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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.



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.

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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.



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.

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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.



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.

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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.


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


August 5, 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.


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.

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).