“Ah, My Aching Head!”  Assessing and Managing Workplace Head Injuries

Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0

Wednesday February 22, 2017

  • Pacific: 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Mountain: 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Central: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Eastern: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $20

Course Description:

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI's) are caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild,”, such as a concussion, causing a brief change in mental status or consciousness, to “severe" which results in an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. Occupational Health Nurses must be able to quickly identify and assess workers with head trauma.  Understanding evidence based practice evaluation for TBI's is necessary to improve worker health outcomes. This session will assist the occupational health professional to enhance assessment skills relating to concussion management, including use of assessment tools, physical examination, and implementation and management of TBI's in the workplace. 

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this session, the learner will be able to:

  1. Discuss prevalence and trends related to concussion management.
  2. Review various concussion assessment tools, examination findings, and clinic management of concussions.
  3. Explain specific applications for concussion management in the workplace.

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education 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).

Presenter Information: 

Kim Olszewski DNP, CRNP, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN is an ANCC board certified adult nurse practitioner, and is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist and Case Manager from the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses.  In 2007, she received her Fellowship distinction from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.  Kim currently serves on the AAOHN Board of Directors, and is past President of the Northeast Association of Occupational Health Nurses and the Pennsylvania Association of Occupational Health Nurses.  She has presented at the local, state, regional and national levels of the association over the past 10 years on various topics, including DOT certification, Marketing OHN's, Social Media Integration, Healthy People 2020, Workplace Fatigue, and Diagnostic updates.  Kim recently co-authored a two part continuing education article in Workplace Health & Safety entitled A Comprehensive Review of the Healthy People 2020 Occupational Safety and Health Objectives: Part 2. Tools for the Occupational Health Nurse in Goal Attainment, and also Obstructive Sleep Apnea Among Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers:  Using Evidence-Based Practice to Indentify Risk Factors.  Additionally, she co-authored a chapter on Information Management through innovative technology for Fundamentals in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing: AAOHN Core Curriculum, 4th edition. Kim is Vice President and Nurse Practitioner at Mid-state Occupational Health Services Inc. and is Assistant Professor, and Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs at Bloomsburg University.

Ann Marie Loiseau, DNP, MS, BSN, RN, CCM is a registered nurse, with a doctor of nursing practice degree.  She also has a Master of Science in education.  She is a certified case manager, school nurse, and elementary education teacher.  She has RN experience as a hospital staff nurse in medical/surgical and pediatric units, ambulatory care, home health, and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.  She was a case manager for individuals who suffered injuries in a motor vehicle or occupational accident, or had a long-term disability.  She has been the Director of Services at Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates, a large physician practice, since 1994.  Her focus is on occupational health and communicating healthcare services offered by Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates to professionals and members of the community.  She has been coordinating continuing education programs for nurses and other healthcare professionals for over 20 years.  She has become passionate about improving health literacy through professional education programs and believes occupational health and case management nurses are in an ideal position to improve population health.  Ann Marie lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Mike and her two sons, age 11 and 13. 

AAOHN Education Joint Provider:

University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering


Handouts will be available closer to the webinar date.

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