Recent Updates

Call for Volunteers

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc.

AAOHN Call for Volunteers

Do you want to be more involved with AAOHN, but are unsure of where to start? Take a moment to look at the attached Call for Volunteers form!

Whether you are a seasoned committee volunteer or a brand new member, AAOHN values your input, and needs a diverse group of members to serve on its committees. These committees are vital to AAOHN and you, as volunteers, are critical for continuing to move the association forward.

There are over 10 committees and task forces that currently need volunteers for the next two (2) year term. All work is virtual and committees generally meet once each month by toll-free teleconference call.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the attached Call for Volunteers form and submit to jen.buck@internationalamc.com by no later than February 16th, 2015.

ErgoX: An Extraordinary Ergonomics Event

ErgoX: An Extraordinary Ergonomics Event
June 17–19, 2015
Hyatt Regency Orange County, minutes from Disneyland!
Introducing ErgoX, an eXtraordinary ergonomics event that provides practical, usable, and impactful solutions for the daily challenges faced by ergonomists and safety specialists across a wide range of office and industrial settings.

At ErgoX, world-class leaders in the ergonomics field will translate the latest scientific findings and best practices into effective information, procedures, tools, and approaches you can use to improve your work safety and wellness outcomes – all in a unique, user-friendly, and intimate setting.

ErgoX is focused on helping you find solutions to your specific ergonomics challenges through our expert panel and innovative “State Your Case” poster session. Bring your challenges and problems and let ErgoX provide the solutions!

 

ErgoX_Flyer

 

More info online

Share Your Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness Success Stories

February is Heart Health Awareness Month and Dental Health Month. March is Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month.

Do you/your company have a program that has been effective in promoting worker health and wellness in these areas? AAOHN would like to hear about it. Drop us a line and let us know what’s worked well for you and the workers you serve – Send an email to AAOHN Marketing Director Amy Minchin at amy.minchin@internationalamc.com.

NVHR Webinar on CDC’s Know More Hepatitis Campaign

Slides and Recording: NVHR Webinar on CDC’s Know More Hepatitis Campaign

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, NVHR held a webinar featuring an update on the CDC’s Know More Hepatitis campaign. Cynthia Jorgensen, DrPH, the Lead for Education, Training and Communication, CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis discussed ways to use these materials in your community to help get more Baby Boomers screened for hepatitis C. The slides and recording from the webinar are available on our program resource page. You are encouraged to send input on how you use these materials and what kind of materials you would like to see in the future from CDC. Send this feedback to Tina Broder, NVHR’s Senior Program Manager, and she will forward to the CDC.

AAOHN President Elect Mary Gene Ryan

It’s official!  I am so honored that you and the AAOHN membership elected me as President Elect!  Thank You soooooooooooooo much for your support!  I know I could not have done this without you & your support!  Now, I realize that this is just the start. I will need your continued support so we can continue to grow and enhance AAOHN and the profession of occupational health nursing.  I look forward to working with you.  Remember, I am just an email or a telephone call away!  Thank you all again!!!  Please pass this on to any AAOHN member you know.  I really do appreciate all your and their support!

 

Mary Gene Ryan

 

MGRyan & Co., Inc.
PO Box 5145
Oxnard  CA  93031
805.658.9622 (office)
805.377.4866 (cell)

Senior Civilian Nursing Excellence Award

Recognition worthy of a newsletter announcement…

I am pleased to inform you that one of our own, Kathy Edwards COHN-S, Navy
Medicine West Occupational Medicine Program Manager, will receive the first
Senior Civilian Nursing Excellence Award. This is a competitive award among
all nursing specialties in all the uniformed services, including the Public
Health Service. This award requires a nomination from a General/Flag
Officer within the Department of Defense; pretty high level stuff! It is
sponsored from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health
Affairs, Dr. Jonathan Woodson and will be presented to her as part of the
2014 Association of Military Surgeons of the US Awards Dinner in Washington
DC on December 4th, 2014. All of the Surgeons General will be attending
this first-ever presentation.

This is truly an unique award for an OHN, especially for the government
community. As you know, OHN’s are working in the trenches and under the
radar. For Kathy to be recognized as worthy of this award over her peers
from all nursing specialties is nothing short of AMAZING! Kathy is one of
the 127 Navy OHN positions world-wide, and only one of three OM Program
Managers in the Department of the Navy. OHN’s are a rare breed in all the
services. She works in the Navy Medicine West headquarters, just down the
street from me at the Naval Station San Diego. She attended our conference
this year.

Best regards and Happy Thanksgiving.

Tim

Tim Brown, RN COHN-S/CM COSS
Division Head
Occupational Health Unit
Branch Health Clinic
2450 Craven St., Bldg 3300
Naval Station San Diego 92136

Preparing for Ebola

CDC Conference call from  Tuesday October 14th

Preparing for Ebola: What U.S. Hospitals Can Learn From Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center

http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2014/callinfo_101414.asp

Overview

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has increased the possibility of patients traveling from the impacted countries to U.S. hospitals. A few patients with Ebola virus disease have been medically evacuated to receive care in U.S. hospitals. Recently, the first case of Ebola virus disease was diagnosed in the United States in a person who traveled to Dallas, Texas from West Africa; this patient passed away on October 8, 2014. CDC and our partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola within the United States. During this COCA Call, the presenters will focus on healthcare systems preparedness, and participants will learn how Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center prepared for patients with Ebola and the lessons learned.

Please note: the focus of this call will be healthcare systems preparedness, not clinical management of the patients with Ebola.

Call Materials

Additional Resources

 

AAOHN Mountain Western Update

We want to make sure you are aware of upcoming dates and how AAOHN communicates with members–

 

AAOHN has gone virtual and communicates via webpage, e-mail, Facebook, Linked In, etc.  It is very important for you to keep your AAOHN profile up to date to ensure you receive the most up to date communications.  If you are not receiving a newsletter by e-mail monthly, AAOHN may not have your correct e-mail.  Please go to the AAOHN website to review and update as needed.  You need to log in to go to “My Profile” under the “Membership” tab on web page.

 

AAOHN cannot get in touch with you or other members if the information is not current or was typed in wrong.   Chapter rosters are only as good as the information in the database — so please check and update your profile at least each year.

 

Save the date for the AAOHN Annual Conference :

 

AAOHN is currently looking for Exhibitors, Sponsors and Foundation Sponsors.  If your company or if you know of a company/organization that may be interested, please refer to either of us or for further information you can go to http://www.aaohn.org and go to Conference Information. The link for exhibitors is http://www.aaohn.org/conference/2015-conference/exhibitor-prospectus.html

The link for sponsorship is http://www.aaohn.org/conference/sponsorship.html or for the AAOHN Foundation sponsorship go to http://www.aaohn.org/foundation/sponsorship.html.

 

Additionally, we want to make sure you know about the “Give it Up for the AAOHN Foundation” fund raiser which began in August.  All members are asked to give up one indulgence per week for 6 mos. The money you save is to then be donated to the AAOHN Foundation.  For every $52.00 donated by a member, the member will be entered into a drawing for $100.00 gift card.  Now is a great time to get in shape before the holidays and to use the money you save to give to the AAOHN Foundation to increase our ability to give scholarships and provide quality educational programs.

 

If you would like to present a poster at the Annual Conference submissions are being accepted until December 4, 2014.  Go to this web link for further information and to submit an abstract http://aaohn.org/conference/2015-conference/2015-abstracts.html  (Make sure you log in if you have any issues opening links).

 

The updated AAOHN Award Packet is at http://www.aaohn.org/membership/individual-business-awards-recognitions.html  All award applications are due November 1st (earlier this year) as the AAOHN Annual conference is in March 21015.  Due to the earlier due date submission inclusion dates have also changed.  Please look over each criteria carefully when submitting for a specific award.  The Mountain Western Region has many great chapters and members who meet the criteria for these awards.  Please take the time to recognize each other and your wonderful work by applying for these AAOHN Awards.

 

Also, now is the time to apply for AAOHN Foundation Scholarships  Liberty Leadership,  Annette Haag Leadership , Professional Development – Academic Study: Liberty Mutual Insurance, Moore Medical and MediTrax. The deadline to apply has been moved up in order to facilitate review and notification of all applications in sufficient time prior to the National Conference, held in March 2015. All applications must be submitted by November 15, 2014.  For more information, please download the AAOHN Foundation Scholarships Packet available athttp://www.aaohn.org/foundation/foundation-grants/scholarships.html, or contact Shelah Fletcher, shelah.fletcher@internationalamc.com, at the AAOHN National Office.

Remember to take advantage of AAOHN Webinars.  There are free Webinars each year for members and chapters can use webinars for their meetings.  If you missed any of the free webinars, log on to see them as each webinar is archived for your viewing at a later time at http://www.aaohn.org/education1/online-learning-center/academy-courses/joomdle.html.

 

We encourage all members to volunteer for AAOHN committees — we can use your expertise  :)!  Please pass this information on to any and all members you know or anyone who may be interested in this information.  AAOHN is especially looking for our new LVN/LPN members to volunteer.

 

2014 Membership Awards

Membership Awards Deadline September 30 2014

The Awards Committee is asking you to nominate a colleague that deserves recognition for achievement, leadership qualities, and contribution to the profession. CSAOHN has the following annual awards to enable a deserving member to be recognized. Instead of nominating a colleague, you may apply for recognition and support for your own work in pursuit of greater knowledge and expertise.

Please read about the specific awards and their criteria listed below:

Forms

CSAOHN offers assistance to chapters to promote leadership development among its members. Stipends are available to assist with attendance at Conference of Leaders, the Annual State Conference and certain legislative events. Presidents please download the eligibility criteria and application above and submit to the awards committee by September 30, 2014 . (Note change in submission deadline)

NVHR newsletter

 

NVHR’s New Public Policy Manager

NVHR welcomes Christine Rodriguez, our new Public Policy Manager. Based in Washington, DC, Christine will be our lead advocate on viral hepatitis legislation and appropriations. Christine will also expand NVHR’s advocacy priorities to include harm reduction, health disparities, and other issues that impact hepatitis B and C. Learn more about Christine here.

NVHR Fact Sheet: Why Screen for HCV in Uncertain Treatment Climate

In response to reluctance among some providers to test their patients for hepatitis C due to the current treatment access challenges, NVHR has released a new fact sheet entitled HCV: Why Screen in an Uncertain Treatment Climate. This fact sheet outlines the many benefits of hepatitis C screening and why people deserve to know if they have a potentially fatal disease. You can download this fact sheet here.

Please continue to check our program resources page for additional materials and information.

Last Push for Viral Hepatitis Testing Act Co-Sponsors

There are only a few weeks of work left for Congress this year. Please call your U.S. House Representative and two U.S. Senators and urge them to co-sponsor the Viral Hepatitis Testing Act. You can find resources and information about this bill here, including new NVHR fact sheets on the House and Senate versions and Action Alerts to help you craft your message.

World Hepatitis Day Op-Ed

NVHR had an op-ed published in the Huffington Post on July 28, 2014 (World Hepatitis Day). The piece highlights the hepatitis C epidemic, particularly among Baby Boomers, and how we can use available tools to eradicate it. You can read the op-ed here.

Hep B United Releases Action Plan Recommendations

Our colleagues at Hep B United have released an analysis of the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, along with recommendations for furthering the Plan’s goals. You can view this report here.

NVHR Program Partner Spotlight

Hep Free Hawai`i (HFH) is a grassroots campaign started by hepatitis advocates in Hawai`i to bring attention to the epidemic of chronic hepatitis B and C and liver disease in our islands. Through increasing awareness, HFH hopes to encourage everyone in Hawai`i to learn their hepatitis status, and for those living with hepatitis or other liver disease to access the care they need to live healthy lives. HFH has created two great handouts to support patients and providers to expand screening efforts for viral hepatitis. Both handouts are featured on our program resources page.

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