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Resources for Staying Up To Date
AAOHN provides a monthly peer-reviewed journal, Workplace Health & Safety where occupational health experts publish leading edge occupational health nursing research and practice articles. Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) may be obtained through one selected article each month. AAOHN maintains and updates this active website at www. aaohn.org. It is the portal for members to obtain the latest practice information, access educational products and services, purchase state-of-the-art tools to enhance their practice, get the latest news on hot professional topics and explore all the valuable listings for resources. Members have the unique opportunity to ask for an evidence-based, fully researched practice question, using the online ASK IT forum, staffed by a Practice Committee, made up of peers. AAOHN also promotes the profession by publishing two monthly electronic newsletters, one for members-Membership Newsletter and one for leaders of chapters-Leadership Link.
Network and Connect with Colleagues
AAOHN serves members by providing a dynamic forum for the exchange of new ideas, bringing together members to share their experiences, expertise, and friendship. Members are able to access each other with an online search and through social media-LinkedIn AAOHN group, Facebook group, and Twitter. Members can use the AAOHN website’s ASK IT to publicly post a question to all fellow members and get the opinions of peers. Various committees work on topics of interest to members and are made up of volunteer members working on behalf of members and AAOHN. Committees range from Legislative Affairs, Careers, Chapters, Practice, Webinars, and Website. One team works to obtain grants for development of education or tools of value to members. If engaged in continuous practice improvement projects or pursuing research, members can join the Research Collaborative to network and meet researchers and learn about projects in the field.
Education for Professional Development
AAOHN promotes excellence in continuing nursing education through its annual spring conference the AAOHN National Conference. It is the largest meeting of occupational health nurse (OHN) professionals in the world. Numerous pre-conference professional development courses are offered in all facets of occupational and environmental health nursing including the Global Summit, held every three years in conjunction with the Annual Conference. The main conference features renowned experts and topics for leading edge practice.
Webinars on critical practice and professional topics are presented throughout the year and are archived for 24/7 on-demand availability. CNE are provided for conference sessions and webinar attendance.
Publications such as the Fundamentals of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing, AAOHN Core Curriculum 4th Edition, written by experts in the field set the foundation of the practice.
AAOHN creates the Standards of Occupational Health Nursing, Code of Ethics, Competencies in Occupational Health Nursing and multiple Position Statements to guide practice.
Members gain and maintain certification through AAOHN online CNE self-guided study courses and a Study Guide that help them obtain certification as well as continuing education (CNE) to maintain it. Members have the ability to print transcripts of their participation in AAOHN’s continuing nursing education.
Savings and Benefits through AAOHN, Affiliates, and Partnerships
Being an AAOHN member means membership rates and substantial savings on all the organization’s publications, conferences, webinars and online educational materials. Value-added benefits include at least four free webinars each year, the monthly electronic newsletter, complimentary print and an on-line copy of Workplace Health & Safety each month and a website full of resources for OHNs. Guidance for practice related issues is provided by peer colleagues at no cost to members in an online forum.
AAOHN partners with other agencies and organizations whose purpose and mission align with the Association and who offer value to members. Members seeking continuing and academic education in occupational health will find AAOHN’s partnership with the NIOSH Education and Research Centers (ERC) beneficial and easily located with links on the AAOHN website. Agreements with Chamberlain University’s onsite and on-line program offer discounts for degree completion and online advanced nursing degrees. Other agreements with Grand Canyon University make available discounts for nursing and other degrees. Partnerships with the University of Michigan and the University of Alabama at Birmingham provide discounted registration for online and onsite courses designed for occupational health nurses. AAOHN partners with NSO to provide access to a member-only discount for a comprehensive professional liability insurance specifically designed for OHNs. The Association’s publication partner, Sage Publisher, offers a 15% discount on all their publications.
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AAOHN’s Employment Information Service (EIS) provides information to help members advance their careers, search for jobs or post an ad through AAOHN’s on-line recruitment resource. The Center is a member of HEALTHeCAREERS, a network of prestigious healthcare associations and an excellent source of contacts for referrals and positions in the field. To benchmark salaries, members can download a free copy of a Compensation and Benefits Study performed periodically by the organization.
Public Affairs and Advocacy
AAOHN supports a pro-active legislative affairs program by tracking issues affecting the practice of OHN through its Legislative Affairs Committee, who advocate for sound public policy in Washington, DC.
AAOHN also partners with other nursing organizations to advocate for issues impacting the field of nursing and public health. The Association keeps members abreast of the latest legislative and regulatory developments and often solicits support and assistance from members. AAOHN maintains an active Chapter Networking Group who meet periodically to discuss state nursing issues and exchange influencing experiences to make a difference across the nation.
State and Local Association Membership
AAOHN is a chapter membership organization. It currently has approximately 106 chapters across the United States. For areas with no chapters, ‘at-large’ membership is available as well as international membership for occupational health nursing colleagues around the world. Chapters operate according to their states’ statutes but are aligned by bylaws to AAOHN. Membership in local, state and regional chapters is required if located within 100 miles of a member’s residence or home. These chapters provide opportunities for more face to face interaction, education, and friendship and serve as a critical component of AAOHN.