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:
- What is the cost?
- Why do you need this education?
- How many contact hours will you earn?
- How much time will you be away from work?
- 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
Congratulations to the Winners of AAOHN's HUG Program!
- 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!
- Melanie Rivet, Wisconsin State Chapter, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. Melanie referred three new members and won a free full-day preconference registration!
- Mary Potts, Georgia State Chapter, Columbus Georgia Chapter. Mary referred two new members and won a free half-day preconference registration!
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!
Need more talking points? Download this customizable justification letter to explain why attending the 2018 National Conference is a valuable investment.
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
Mark 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.
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|
|Mary Whatley, South Alabama Chapter|
|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|
|Sally Guice, Kentucky Lakes Region AOHN|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Aneta Czynczyk, Illinois State Chapter, Heart of Illinois Chapter|
|Patricia Stewart, Indiana State Chapter|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|