Clinical Practice

Wake up to Worker Sleep Issues

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This 2.5-hour learning module provides the occupational and environmental health nurse (OHN) with an overview of normal adult sleep, explains circadian rhythms and sleep regulation, examines how sleep affects work, how to do a sleep assessment and details the most common sleep disorders. Sleep health is an important issue for the OHN because it is deeply linked to the overall physical and mental wellbeing of workers. Sleep disruption and disorders are associated with occupational injury, decreased productivity, and increased costs to employers in claims paid. Workers in safety-sensitive jobs, transportation and healthcare are particularly affected, and may present a public, as well as a personal health threat. Sleep health has been recognized as a priority by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services via the Healthy People 2020 program (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012). Sleep and sleep disorders are also components of the research portfolio of the National Institutes of Health-National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (REF). In spite of the recognition of sleep as a critical public health issue, the prevalence of sleep disruption and disorders and their associated human and financial costs; sleep disorders are consistently under-diagnosed. Participation in this program and improving your skills in the identification of workers with sleep disorders may facilitate more rapid treatment. This could lead to decreased occupational injuries and costs related to sleep disruption and disorders.

Purchase price: $50.00
Credits: 2.5

Go to the AAOHN Online Academy for purcahse.

Respiratory Protection

The Respiratory Protection Webkit includes a 10-module Respiratory Protection Course and accompanying resources. The course is ideal for the occupational and environmental health professional who wants to learn more about OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard and the role of the Occupational Health Nurse as the Respiratory Protection Program Administrator. The training includes numerous resources for the OHN which are provided here in the Webkit.

The course is free and runs approximately 180 minutes. It includes numerous online links to external respiratory protection resources. It is self-paced and you can do it anywhere, anytime. If you need to log out while using the course, you may login and return.

Upon completion of the training and the accompanying evaluation tool, you will be awarded 3.0 CNE.

Marijuana in the Workplace

Major Occ Health Groups Publish Guidance for Employers on Impact of Marijuana in the Workplace

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Tobacco Cessation 

Smoking and tobacco use are powerful addictions that are extremely difficult to overcome, but there is a strong research base for effective tobacco cessation treatments. Healthcare providers, including nurses, can make important contributions toward increasing quit rates and protecting the health and lives of their patients.

AAOHN and Truth Initiative

Truth Initiative (formerly Legacy) and AAOHN developed a partnership in the summer of 2012 with two primary goals. First, Truth Initiative and AAOHN would develop a survey together that would assess such topics as the smoking behavior of its members, the availability of tobacco cessation resources to offer workers, and tobacco cessation training, among other smoking related topics. Second, Truth Initiative would offer, a free quit smoking program that helps adult smokers re-learn life without cigarettes, to AAOHN members as a resource for themselves and for their workers. Additional information is available about Truth Initiative (formerly Legacy Foundation in these documents) and the AAOHN Truth Initiative Task Force:

Survey Highlights: Partnership Identifies Opportunities for Occupational Health Nurses to Address Tobacco Use

Survey Summary 

Tools: Resources for the Professional

The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) recently released its annual report titled Preparing Nurses for New Roles in Population Health Management. The report discusses the evolution of the healthcare system toward population health, and the steps needed for nursing education and practice to keep pace. The report makes a number of recommendations to Congress and the Secretary for Health and Human Services, including changes in policy, legislation, and research intended to strengthen nursing's ability to lead. For more information, visit the NACNEP website.

Truth Initiative’s BecomeAnEX bilingual smoking cessation program ( provides tools, information and a robust online community to support people as they quit.

BecomeAnEX for Smoking Cessation - View a recorded webcast of a roundtable discussion moderated by Cheryl Healton, DrPH, President and CEO, Legacy. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of proven cessation services and medications and the role healthcare providers can play in assisting smokers to quit. In addition, the presentation will introduce, a free online quit smoking tool, explain how the website works, and describe the site’s unique features and resources.

Join staff from the Mayo Clinic’s Nicotine Dependence Center in a three-part Nicotine Dependence Webinar Series: Session #1 Having the Conversation or using Motivational Interviewing to talk with patients in a collaborative manner about their tobacco use; Session #2 Pharmacology for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence and Session #3 Treatment Planning & Relapse Prevention.

RX for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation is a comprehensive tobacco cessation training program in English and Spanish that equips health professional students and practicing clinicians of all disciplines with evidence-based knowledge and skills for assisting patients with quitting.

Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) is a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with significant support by the American Legacy Foundation. Goal is to increase smoking cessation through partnerships with dental hygienists, nurses, pharmacists, emergency physicians, hospitals, labor unions, family physicians, the Veteran's Administration and other groups.

Online CME at the University of Wisconsin offers free CME credits on the latest in Tobacco Cessation treatment for diverse groups trying to quit smoking including patients who are pregnant, have an alcohol use disorder and mental illness.

Truth Initiative: Inspiring Tobacco Free Lives. 

Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence: ATTUD is an organization of providers dedicated to the promotion of and increased access to evidence-based tobacco treatment for the tobacco user.

Action to Quit is a tobacco control policy program dedicated to reducing tobacco-related death, disease and cost through communication, education, and policy.

2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health.  Since 1964 smoking prevalence has been reduced in half among US adults. Resources are available to help promote this exciting anniversary.

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence - 2008 Update, sponsored by the Public Health Service, includes new, effective clinical treatments for tobacco dependence that have become available since the 2000 Guideline was published.

Learn more about Motivational Interviewing (MI) practices and MI training opportunities at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University

The Cochrane Review on Motivational Interviewing (MI) for smoking cessation, courtesy of The Cochrane Collaboration. A summary outlining the nursing implications of The Cochrane Review on motivational interviewing as a strategy to support smoking cessation is provided by Nursing Times.

2014 State of Public Health with CDC Director Tom Frieden

Knowledge, Beliefs, Behaviors, and Social Norms Related to Use of Alternative Tobacco Products Among Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Students in an Urban U.S. University Setting

Journal of Nursing Scholarship article 

Resources for Employee Education

Tobacco State Fact Sheets - tobacco product use, economics of tobacco use and control, tobacco laws, and cessation statistics and benefits broken down by state