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February 2018 Newsletter

February 5, 2018

A Message from the Board

How do I attend the 2018 AAOHN National Conference this year? I would love the opportunity for my manager to pay for the trip (all or part), but I wonder how to approach him or her about this?

As I was gathering ideas to present this message to my manager, I conducted several Google searches to see what PR experts thought were good reasons to attend professional conferences. In my search, a few catchy phrases caught my eye:

Sharpen the Saw: the idea is to take a break from “work” to sharpen your skills.  A sharp saw works much better than a dull, overused one. 

Networking Opportunities: one mark of a great educational conference is the opportunity to network. You may find yourself connecting face-to-face with a new mentor or a new opportunity.

Learning in a New Space: it can change your perspective and spark new approaches to improve your performance.

Invest in Yourself: this is an investment in yourself, your career and even your company. When you register, you are making an investment in your personal or professional growth!

Now, how to approach the manager who is the decision-maker. Here are some questions that he or she may ask:

  1. What is the cost?
  2. Why do you need this education?
  3. How many contact hours will you earn?
  4. How much time will you be away from work?
  5. What is the return on investment (ROI)?

I have attached a justification letter template as an example of how to address these questions proactively. Just hand the letter to your manager when you make the request, and feel free to edit to fit your own situation.

Now, let’s look at some of the other reasons to attend the 2018 National Conference in Reno.

Networking: This is important for two reasons. First, you can dramatically enhance your knowledge base by building relationships with like-minded experts and learning from them. The occupational health and safety community is very open to sharing expertise, skills and programs and you should take advantage of this. Second, you have something to contribute! By building relationships, you can benchmark and measure your level of expertise in comparison with others, and you will ultimately come to realize that you indeed can contribute to the occupational health and safety community.  

Value to Practice: There is a plethora of great presentations that are full of valuable information provided by experts. You can easily attend the sessions that you think are most applicable to your situation. If you don’t take home a handful of useful tips, you aren’t paying attention.

Vendor Interaction: You are on a mission to learn about new, state-of-the-art, and cost-effective products and services, and most vendors who exhibit at conferences are there to educate. Your job is to determine which vendors will benefit your workforce and workplace. And remember, the knowledge you gain now may not apply immediately, but down the line, it can be so valuable as your practice situations and needs change.

So, these are just a few reasons to attend our AAOHN National Conference in Reno. You may have more reasons that are more applicable to your situation. That’s great! Use them. The point is to develop an approach that works for you that is short and to the point with compelling, defensible statements. If you don’t ask, you won’t get.

See you in Reno, The Biggest Little City in the World!

David A. Allcott MS, ARNP, ANP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN
Director, Mountain/Western Region


15078234473822.pngCongratulations to the Winners of AAOHN's HUG Program!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the AAOHN Help Us Grow (HUG) program!
Top three individuals:
  1. Michelle Edwards, North Carolina State Chapter, North Carolina Coastal Plains Chapter. Michelle referred four new members and won a free conference registration for the 2018 AAOHN National Conference in Reno, NV!
  2. Melanie Rivet, Wisconsin State Chapter, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. Melanie referred three new members and won a free full-day preconference registration!
  3. Mary Potts, Georgia State Chapter, Columbus Georgia Chapter. Mary referred two new members and won a free half-day preconference registration!
Top chapter: North Carolina State Chapter
Thanks to everyone who participated, and helped grow and make our organization stronger. Stay tuned for the next referral competition!

Explain the Value of Your Attendance at the 2018 National Conference

AAOHN’s 2018 National Conference on April 16-18 in Reno is quickly approaching, and we have five reasons why you won’t want to miss this year’s event!

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AAOHN Foundation Corner

February – can you believe it? Now that the hustle and rush of the holidays are over, it is time to turn our full attention to our upcoming 2018 AAOHN National Conference in Reno, Nevada on April 16-18. We encourage you to register for the conference and book your rooms at the host hotel now. Rooms are selling out and you don’t want to miss the early bird rates of $159-169 per night!

We are eagerly anticipating the new and exciting things the conference planning committee has in store for us at this year’s conference. When you browse through the conference materials, you will notice that the conference is a day shorter than previous conferences, as members have requested. This was done to give our members time to attend the conference without being away from home or work longer than necessary. But, you will also notice there was no reduction of CNEs, even with the shortened schedule. You can still earn up to 21 CNE in just three days.

The AAOHN Foundation provides educational funding for many of our members to further their professional education through scholarships, research and grants that focus on our profession of Occupational and Environmental Health. The monies from other Foundation events give our members opportunities and means to surge ahead in their educational endeavors. Here are a few of the exciting events offered in Reno:

  • AAOHN Foundation Event – THEY Reno – a theatre mystery dinner event for a fee of $80
  • Wellness Event – Chair Yoga – sponsored by UPS & HireRight
  • Fellows annual $100 gift to The Leadership Circle – you may send your funds early. Please make checks payable to the AAOHN Foundation and note your donation toward the Fellows Leadership Circle.

Review the entire program guide for details and instructions to register and book your hotel. Please consider a donation to the Foundation to support your fellow members and assist them in advancing in our chosen field. Donations are tax deductible. You will find more information about the Foundation on the AAOHN website as well.

A big thank you to our members and all our sponsors who contribute to the Foundation this year and every year. It takes a team! I look forward to seeing you in Reno, and remember that you are the face of AAOHN in your individual workplaces each and every day.

Debbie W. Bush, RN, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN
AAOHN Trustee – Largo, FL


AAOHN_206621-17_OHN_Week_Graphics_Digital_800x800_r2_socialpost.jpgMark Your Calendars for Occupational Health Nursing Week!

We’re celebrating Occupational Health Nursing (OHN) Week on April 9-15, 2018! OHN Week is a national observance to recognize and celebrate YOU as members of the occupational and environmental health nursing profession. Start spreading the word to your network about OHN Week and download this marketing kit for talking points, sample social media posts and more. Learn more about OHN Week.





Board of Directors Elections Opens February 15

Online polls open on Thursday, February 15! Learn more about elections and voting.


Missed the State of AAOHN?

Visit the Membership Meetings page to fill out the Chapter Challenges worksheet on chapter proposals that were presented at the State of AAOHN and view handouts. A recorded presentation is coming soon.


Upcoming Webinars

Mark your calendars for upcoming webinars from AAOHN:

Tuesday, February 6: Redesigning Wellness: The Next Generation
Karen Mastroianni, EdD, MPH, BSN, RN, COHN-S, principal and consultant, Dimensions Inc.

Many worksite wellness programs focus on risk factors and physical health. This webinar will discuss a broader and more holistic paradigm that includes a multi-level and multi-dimensional approach to worker health and safety.

Tuesday, February 27: The Roles of the Occupational Health Nurse – So Many Opportunities!
Kathleen Buckheit, MPH, BSN, RN, CEN, COHN-S/CM, CCM, FAAOHN, AAOHN Director of Education

The nursing specialty of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing involves a variety of job responsibilities based on the employers' requirements. Therefore, many people are not aware of what the Roles and Responsibilities can be. This webinar presentation will help draw a better picture of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing and the variety of workplaces in which OHNs are employed.

Thursday, March 22: Emerging Diseases: What Is Sitting Next to You on the Plane?
Susan Flores RN, BS, COHN-S, CIC

Occupational and Environmental Health Nurses who don’t normally work with emerging diseases may not be familiar with new diseases and Infection Prevention and Control resulting from a shrinking global environment. This webinar helps the learner to identify emerging diseases, describe Healthcare personnel guidelines, and identify the methods used for isolation protection.

The 2018 AAOHN Workplace Wellness and Safety Webinar Series is sponsored by Premise Health.


Attend the Total Worker Health® Symposium on May 8-11, 2018

AAOHN is proud to be a presenting partner of the Total Worker Health® (TWH) Symposium on May 8-11, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. Bringing together experts from academia, labor, business, and government, the Symposium examines opportunities to make workplaces safer and improve the health and well-being of the workforce across the nation and world. Join us for compelling keynote addresses, expert presentations, and informal workshops emphasizing the latest strategies aligned with state-of-the-art science and practice on advancing the safety, health, and well-being of all workers.

Learn more and register for the Symposium.


AAOHN, ABOHN and the AAOHN Foundation Collaborating Together as Independent Organizations

Some may think that these organizations are interchangeable, but AAOHN, ABOHN and the AAOHN Foundation are all separate entities that collaborate to advance the profession of occupational and environmental health nursing.

If you are earning your COHN or COHN-S credentials, the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (ABOHN) administers the exams to become a credential holder.
ABOHN is the sole certification agency that offers two core credentials – Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN) and Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist (COHN-S). AAOHN was instrumental in the creation of ABOHN in 1972 and ABOHN uses the definitions and standards of practice set forth by AAOHN to set the criteria for certification. While ABOHN is an autonomous group and is not affiliated with AAOHN or any other membership organization, the two collaborate to advance the specialty and the professional development of its practitioners. AAOHN offers supplemental educational materials to prepare for ABOHN exams. An AAOHN membership is not required for certification, but AAOHN members have access to educational resources.

If you have any questions about the exams or certification requirements, contact ABOHN at 630-789-5799.

If you are looking for educational materials to help prepare you for your COHN or COHN-S certification exam, a membership with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) provides you with the right resources.
Since 1944, AAOHN has provided educational, professional development and research resources to over 4,000 members across the world. As an AAOHN member, you have access to review courses, supplemental materials and practice exams to help you prepare for your COHN or COHN-S exams. You can participate in the COHN/COHN-S Review Course at the 2018 National Conference to receive these resources.

If you have any questions about AAOHN’s educational offerings as they pertain to COHN/COHN-S exam preparation, contact AAOHN.

If you are interested in support for your professional education through AAOHN, the AAOHN Foundation offers several grant and scholarship opportunities.
Founded in 1997, the AAOHN Foundation was created by AAOHN to provide grants and scholarships that support professional education, leadership development and grants for research initiatives that are available to all AAOHN members. If you are earning your COHN or COHN-S credential, the AAOHN Foundation offers Academic Education Scholarships to further your professional education, and that scholarship can go towards your COHN/COHN-S exam fee, any preparation materials or any review courses that you attend.

To learn more about the AAOHN Foundation’s scholarship and grant opportunities, visit the AAOHN website


AAOHN Welcomes New Members

AAOHN welcomes new members who joined the organization in January 2018 (list is current as of February 1, information not listed has not been provided by the member). 

Diane Lyons, Ohio State Chapter, Stark of Ohio Chapter
Marilyn Ildefonso-Rivera 
Christina Hernandez
Mary Whatley, South Alabama Chapter
Norma Sanchez
Angela Udenze, Arizona Valle del Sol Chapter
Kindra Green, Arizona Valle del Sol Chapter
Susan Clement-Lal, Arizona Valle del Sol Chapter
Susan Yomogida, California State Chapter, California El Camino Real Chapter
Joyce Olkiewicz, California State Chapter, California El Camino Real Chapter
Megan Sonsteng, California State Chapter, Southern California Chapter
Christine Ward, Delaware State Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Debra Burmeister, Florida State Chapter, Central Florida Chapter
JoAnn Griggs, Florida State Chapter, Central Florida Chapter
Wendy Gray, Georgia State Chapter, Columbus Georgia Chapter
Stefanie Trone, Illinois State Chapter, Heart of Illinois Chapter
Stephanie Size, Illinois State Chapter, Southwest Suburban Chicago IL Chapter
Tamara Files, Indiana State Chapter
Jean Waite, Northeast Iowa Chapter
Caroline Waller, Northeast Iowa Chapter
Pamela Peterson, Northeast Iowa Chapter
Carolyn Rea
Sally Guice, Kentucky Lakes Region AOHN
Ladonna Foreman
Chinor Collick, Northern Virginia Chapter
Jane Schwind, Maryland Area Chapter
Scott Fiolek, Michigan State Chapter, Northeast Ohio Chapter
Barbara Gilligan, Michigan State Chapter
Janet Vincent, Michigan State Chapter
Vorice Wallace, Michigan State Chapter
Vicki Newell, Michigan State Chapter
Chioma Nwagbara, Michigan State Chapter
Joanna White, Missouri State Chapter
Christopher Parks, Missouri State Chapter, St. Louis Missouri Chapter
David Voss, Missouri State Chapter, St. Louis Missouri Chapter
Christine Hunn, Missouri State Chapter, St. Louis Missouri Chapter
Anita Orf, Missouri State Chapter, St. Louis Missouri Chapter
Carolyn Mourad
Jennifer Ornt, New York State Chapter, Greater Rochester New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Maritza  Banks, New York State Chapter, Central New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Joan Sullivan, New York State Chapter, Greater New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Carrie Biehl, New York State Chapter, Greater New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Jennifer Vogt, New York State Chapter, Greater New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Deanna Cashion, North Carolina State Chapter, Metrolina of North Carolina Chapter
Marya Williams, North Carolina State Chapter, Metrolina of North Carolina Chapter
Stacy Cavender, North Carolina State Chapter, North Carolina Triad Chapter
Margaret Gadaire
Jennifer Sheppard, Ohio State Chapter, Southwestern Ohio Chapter
Michelle Comer, Ohio State Chapter, Southwestern Ohio Chapter
Jenna Luebke, Ohio State Chapter, West Ohio Chapter
Patti Doud, Ohio State Chapter, West Ohio Chapter
Jennifer Imber, Ohio State Chapter, West Ohio Chapter
Teresa Fowler, Ohio State Chapter, Stark of Ohio Chapter
Stanley Chaffin, Oregon State Chapter
Tara Stevens, Pennsylvania State Chapter, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
L.Brian Eckman, Pennsylvania State Chapter, Berks County Pennsylvania Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Laura Whitney, Pennsylvania State Chapter, Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Catharine Hardinger, Pennsylvania State Chapter, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Kristal Vogt
Amber Robinson, Western North Carolina Chapter
Tami Brehen, Chattanooga Tennessee Chapter
Carmela Hubler, Texas State Chapter, Austin Texas Chapter
Dawn Mopkins, Texas State Chapter, Houston Texas Chapter
Savannah Crews, Texas State Chapter, North Texas Chapter
Brenda Kelly, Texas State Chapter, Houston Texas Chapter
Patricia Horton, Virginia State Chapter, Central Virginia Chapter
Katherine Fallon, Virginia State Chapter, Metropolitan Washington DC Chapter, Northern Virginia Chapter
Danielle Findlay, Washington State Chapter
Danial Bravard, Wisconsin State Chapter, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter
Ronelle Christenson, Wisconsin State Chapter, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter
Lindsay Benedict
Jennifer Baldwin, Arizona Valle del Sol Chapter
Dorothy Morton-Wilson, California State Chapter, California El Camino Real Chapter
Dawn Sgarbossa, California State Chapter, San Diego California Chapter
Doris Low
Mary Grant, Florida State Chapter, Florida Space Coast Chapter
Teresa Barkley, Florida State Chapter, Central Florida Chapter
Kristi Syers, Illinois State Chapter, Heart of Illinois Chapter
Madeline Ortiz, Louisiana State Chapter, Central Louisiana Chapter
Edward Broussard, Louisiana State Chapter, Louisiana Greater Baton Rou Chapter
Maureen OLeary, Massachusetts State Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Valerie Henning, Central Missouri Chapter
Michelle Bruce, New York State Chapter, Greater New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Pascale Jaboin, New York State Chapter, Greater New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Jane Penkava, Ohio State Chapter, Northeast Ohio Chapter
Dawn Barrowcliff, Oregon State Chapter
Jeff Nicolaides, Chattanooga Tennessee Chapter
Tanya Harvin, Virginia State Chapter, Northern Virginia Chapter
Nicole Fox, Wisconsin State Chapter, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter
Ketura Wanless, Wisconsin State Chapter, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter
Karen Barnette, South Alabama Chapter
Leigh Ann  Ford, Central Alabam Chapter
Staci Coffey, Central Alabam Chapter
Adeola Sogbamu, South Alabama Chapter
Emilia Pop, Arizona Valle del Sol Chapter
Pamela Burney, Arizona Valle del Sol Chapter
Kamal Banks, Arizona Valle del Sol Chapter
Esther Ndegwa-Wanje, Arizona Valle del Sol Chapter
Desirae Castillo, Arizona Valle del Sol Chapter
Carol Lauber, Arizona Valle del Sol Chapter
Tracey Ramos, California State Chapter, Southern California Chapter
Christine Burroughs, California State Chapter, Orange County California Chapter
Mayra Albor, California State Chapter, Orange County California Chapter
Daisy Briseno, California State Chapter, California Central Coast Chapter
Vanessa  Sablad, California State Chapter, San Diego California Chapter
Lesly Hercules, California State Chapter, California Harbor Area Chapter
Faye Quadra, California State Chapter, California Harbor Area Chapter
Tiffany Becerra, California State Chapter, Southern California Chapter
Amie Doyle
Cynthia StClair
Naomie Trofort, Connecticut State Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Jacqueline DeSalvo, Delaware State Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Deidra Gallagher, Florida State Chapter, Fort Lauderdale Florida Chapter
June Montgomery, Florida State Chapter, Palm Beach Florida Chapter
Rafael Sanchez, Florida State Chapter, Heart of Florida Chapter
Megan Jones, Georgia State Chapter, Columbus Georgia Chapter
Makell Brugger
Aneta  Czynczyk, Illinois State Chapter, Heart of Illinois Chapter
Patricia Stewart, Indiana State Chapter
Andrea Leiker
Robin  Ray, Kentucky (No State Chapter), Kentucky Lakes Region AOHN
Jacqueline Carr, Louisiana State Chapter, Louisiana Greater Baton Rouge Chapter
Megan Reiter, Maryland Area Chapter
Caitlin Ceryes, Maryland Area Chapter
Holly LaDue, Massachusetts State Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Ira Griffin, Michigan State Chapter
Bethany McQuade, Michigan State Chapter, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter
Sarah Hopkins
Nicole Karren
Cassandra Tucker, New Hampshire State Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Bridget George, New Jersey State Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Verona Knight-Wright, New Jersey State Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Ella Rapoport, New Jersey State Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Diana  Williams, New Jersey State Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Catherine  Closson, New Jersey State Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Kristina Molina
Alison Lafrenz
Jing Lin, New York State Chapter, Central New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Cherida Matthie, New York State Chapter, Central New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Olive Prashad , New York State Chapter, Greater New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Pauline Tucker-Bennett, New York State Chapter, Central New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Molvia  Jackson-Graham, New York State Chapter, Central New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Anyelina Acevedo, New York State Chapter, Central New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Judith Nurse, New York State Chapter, Central New York Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Ewa Maliborska, New York State Chapter, New York Capital District Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Jasmin Black, North Carolina State Chapter, North Carolina Sandhills Chapter
Taylor Pitzer, Ohio State Chapter, Ohio Western Reserve Chapter
Susan Nix
Rachel Geesey, Pennsylvania State Chapter, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Susan Chasser, Pennsylvania State Chapter, Berks County Pennsylvania Chapter, Northeast Region Chapter
Tanuya Thompson, South Carolina State Chapter
Ifeoma Ngene, Texas State Chapter, North Texas Chapter
Kirby Sanders, Texas State Chapter, Houston Texas Chapter
Jose Lupercio, Texas State Chapter, Texas Sabine Area Chapter
Allyson Dahl, Texas State Chapter, North Texas Chapter
Megan Hill, Texas State Chapter, North Texas Chapter
JOY Nwabueze, Texas State Chapter, Houston Texas Chapter
Burnnadette Jennings, Texas State Chapter, Houston Texas Chapter
Kelechi Nwagwu, Texas State Chapter, Houston Texas Chapter
Ermelina Cosme, Texas State Chapter, Houston Texas Chapter
Dianne  Singleton, Texas State Chapter, Austin Texas Chapter
Sandra Munoz, Texas State Chapter, San Antonio Texas Chapter
Bose Akinseye, Texas State Chapter, North Texas Chapter
Kerry Murphy, Texas State Chapter, Houston Texas Chapter
April Atol
Kristen Kohlbrand
Santana Lovato