A Musculoskeletal Safety Guideline – A Resource Tool for Occupational Health & Safety Professionals 

Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0

Thursday, August 30, 2018

  • 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:

Statistics indicate that over the next ten years, the percent of older adults (age 55 and older) will double and double again by 2035. OHN’s are caring for a rapidly increasing workforce of older adults. Through an extensive literature review of the aging workforce, Dr. Nancy Delloiacono identified a need in Occupational Health Nursing practice that Occupational Health Nurses (OHNs) would benefit from increased knowledge of the effects of the aging process on the body. There is a paucity of evidence-based standardized nursing guidelines used by OHNs to assess, educate, and evaluate risk of age-related musculoskeletal injuries.

Early detection of symptoms is paramount in decreasing the risk of injury with associated costs and in preventing disability and chronicity. Although her Guideline for identifying MSDs focuses on the aging worker, the strategies and safety guidelines are applicable to all worker populations. This AAOHN resource tool has been modified for the OHN to make a nursing diagnosis, determine the need for intervention, and refer the employee for prescriptive treatment to Physicians, Physician Assistants (MD), and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) as needed.  


Course Outcomes:

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

  1. Discuss the Musculoskeletal system in the assessment of lower back, shoulder, neck and knee injuries.
  2. Identify age-related changes which increase the risk of developing musculoskeletal injury
  3. Discuss options for changes in the OHN practice.

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: 

Dr. Nancy Delloiacono, DNP, RN, APN-BC is an Assistant Professor/Center for Clinical Learning Coordinator at Rutgers University School of Nursing. She has held positions in the health department, occupational health and visiting nurse settings. In addition to her current role, she works part-time as an advanced practice nurse (APN) in home care and is adjunct faculty at New Jersey City University. Her area of interest is occupational health nursing and simulation-based learning.

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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