Welcome to the Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nurses Website. The Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nurses is an organization of approximately 300 nurses who practice occupational health nursing. OAOHN works together with the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) to promote and advance the field of occupational health nursing. When you become a member of AAOHN, you will also be a member of OAOHN.

Occupational & Environmental Health Nursing: Professional Messages:

• The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses has been a leader in workplace health and safety since 1942, representing more than 11-thousand members across the country.

• Occupational and environmental health nursing is a specialty practice that offers health and safety services to workers. They balance the best interest of both workers and employers. OHNs promote healthy and safe practices in the workplace in order to keep workers productive, positively effecting the company’s bottom-line.


Posted 11/15/16

2016 Carole Lugar Award Winner

Jessica Howell


(Left:  Peggy Berry, Jessica Howell, Carole Lugar)

Posted 11/14/16

2016 OAOHN Medique Leadership Award Winner

Lora Dues


 (Left:  Lora Dues, Catherine Wolters)

Posted 11/14/16


A shout out of “hello” to two new AAOHN/OAOHN members in November!  Sara Curtan of Avon OH, and Shelly Marie Wilson of Clyde OH!  I believe they both attended our OAOHN conference.  Double check me on that!

Posted 11/14/16
Foundation Corner – Opportunity Is Knocking – Do Not Miss Out
The bright and colorful days of fall are upon us. The air we breathe is crisp and refreshing. The days are growing shorter.  Before we know it, we will be at the end of this year. We are also reminded, as we near the end of the year, that the deadline to apply for the AAOHN Foundation Scholarships is fast approaching. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2016. Opportunity is knocking – do not miss out.

Learn more about scholarship opportunities.

Posted 11/14/16

Good afternoon,
I am looking for nurses in the Canton area working Canton or Mercy Hospital to help bring a CNE to the area on the environmental health factors of Methane and Ozone. I am also looking for nurses impacted by oil and gas exploration, drilling, or production. The CDC just broadcasted that 35% of lung cancers are linked to tobacco use. Why don’t they talk about the impact of dirty air, smog, and pollution from coal, gas, and oil and how much of that influences asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease, and lung cancer?
We know the risk and want to help you understand those risks and how enforcement of the New Source Methane Rules will help capture Methane and other volatile organic compounds to reduce exposure. However, I need feet on the ground in that area to help me and who I can talk to in the area to provide space. Most of the activity will take place right after the election. I hope you join me in this effort to improve our air quality.
Please contact me via email or cell phone. This is a short term volunteer experience but certainly can become a life-long endeavor for environmental social justice. You can also follow me on FaceBook – www.facebook.com/berry.peggyrnmsn as I post a lot on environmental issues. Thanks!
Peggy Ann Berry, PhD, MSN, RN, COHN-S, SPHR
Thrive_At_Life: Working Solutions

Website and blog: http://thrive-at-life.com/
Twitter: @PBerryRN
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peggy-ann-berry-phd-msn-rn-cohn-s-sphr-9049898
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ThriveatLife615421

Updated 11/8/16

OAOHN Job Board

Nationwide Children’s Hospital In Columbus, OH Is Recruiting!

Employee Health RN
Monday – Friday – 8:00 am to 4:30pm

The Employee Health Nurse is responsible for providing routine health care for Nationwide Children’s Hospital employees related to their employment.

REQUIRED: Licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Ohio.
Graduation from an ACEN or CCNE accredited school is required, BSN highly preferred. If AD you must successfully complete BSN within 5 years of start date.
2-3 years experience as a direct care nurse – adult outpatient nursing experience preferred.

Apply on line at: www.nationwidechildrens.org/careers (job #12468) or for more details Contact: Jennifer.jezorski@nationwidechildrens.org

CLICK HERE to see all job postings

Posted 11/1/16

Documents for OAOHN Fall Conference


Pyramids of Health and Happiness:  Building a Healthy Self presented by Dr. Mark Hubner

Nursing Discipline: Stories from the Case Files presented by Jennifer Beining

Top 10 Employment Issues That Could Affect Your Organization presented by Joelle Khouzam


FMLA and ADA – Are you ready for a DOL audit? presented by Tammie Hansen

Tools for Conducting Medical Surveillance of Silica-Exposed Workers presented by Mary Townsend

Social Media Issues in the Workplace and Protecting your Nursing License presented by Jeff Miller

Nursing Claims Data: What Does it Tell Us? presented by Christie Susko

What’s New In Cardiovascular Medicine presented by Tara Schreck

Practicing Safely to Protect Your License presented by Pam Dickerson


Travel-Associated Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Ohio presented by Kimberly Machesky

Legislative Update/Nursing Update presented by Florence Dryden & Fran Burrows

Is Your Assessment Accurate: Musculoskeletal Assessment presented by Terri Gaeta


Updated 10/27/16

Updating OAOHN’s Bylaws

The OAOHN Board has been in the process of reviewing and updating our bylaws.  Attached are the proposed changes and also a clean version for all members to review.  We will be voting on these at the Annual Business Meeting on Friday, November 4th.

OAOHN Bylaws with Proposed Changes Highlighted

OAOHN Bylaws with Proposed Changes – Clean Version

Any questions can be addressed to Lavita Ewing at lavita_ewing@lincolnelectric.com


Updated 10/10/16


According to the American Diabetes Association, every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. That’s why, during American Diabetes Month, OAOHN would like to encourage you to care for yourself and your loved ones by reminding you of the importance of having regular health screenings to help identify your risk for type 2 diabetes. If you haven’t had your annual screening yet, make an appointment today!

To read this month’s resources CLICK HERE


Posted 6/5/16

The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC)

The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) is a national initiative created to make progress to increase the number of nurse leaders in pivotal decision-making roles on boards and commissions that work to improve the health of everyone in America. This will help engage and recruit nurses into leadership roles. The goal is to have 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020. Sign up at www.nursesonboardscoalition.org to indicate if you are interested in serving on a board or currently serve on a board. By signing up, you are helping to build the future of our profession and more importantly improve the health of America. Please pass this along to other nurses you know.


Posted 5/30/16

OSHA Finalizes Controversial Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued its final rule revising its regulations on the recording and reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses.

Under the rule, establishments with 250 or more employees must electronically submit their Form 300, 300A, and 301 information to OSHA or an OSHA designee on an annual basis. Establishments with 20 or more employees, but less than 250 employees in certain designated industries must submit their Form 300A information electronically on an annual basis as well. Additionally, employers may also have to submit additional information upon notification. Under this requirement, an employer will be required to submit data electronically if OSHA orders it to do so as part of a specific data collection. Most controversially, OSHA intends to post the establishment-specific injury and illness data on its public website.

The final rule also amends some existing recordkeeping regulations to include more whistleblower protections. Under the new rule, employers must inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses. The rule also clarifies that an employer’s procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses must be reasonable and not deter the reporting of an injury. Finally, the rule incorporates pre-existing statutory prohibitions on retaliation.

The final rule is slated to take effect on January 1, 2017. Employers satisfying the above criteria must submit their 2016 injury and illness data by July 1, 2017, and their 2017 information by July 1, 2018.

The final rule could also create a host of legal headaches for employers moving forward. First and foremost, employers would be wise to immediately review their own workplace policies to ensure they do not deter employees from reporting injuries, as prohibited by the new rule. Additionally, smaller employers should be on the lookout for potential privacy breaches, as the publication of the data, even without names and addresses, could still permit a reader to piece together the identity of the injured worker.


Posted 4/8/16

Shanna Dunbar Photos



Posted 3/9/16

OAOHN at Ohio Safety Congress

March 9th – 11th  Columbus, OH

2016 Photo - Safety Congress

(From left:  Lavita Ewing, Terri Gaeta, Fran Burrows and Shanna Dunbar)

A BIG THANK YOU to ALL who ‘manned’ our booth at the OSC!

I think it is a great way to get the word out there about Occupational Health Nursing and how we can help employers in so many ways improve the health & productivity of their workforce!

I think we also recruited a few nurses to check out our organization too!

Mary Elsing – You did a TERRIFIC job coordinating this event so thank you so much!

Please share with your chapters the great time we had and for every member to consider coming to this conference next year.  It is FREE and they are offering nursing CEUs for many of the classes!!


Posted 12/22/15

Break Down Language Barriers in Health Care

Learn Common Phrases and Medical Terms in Spanish


Posted 12/22/15


“The Value of an Occupational Health Nurse” http://bit.ly/1NByIpU

What Does Occ Health Nurse Do




Attention OAOHN Members and Interested parties!!   OAOHN has a page on Facebook and also on LinkedIn.  These are closed groups, and just in development, but would be another way to network and get more communication going.  Please go to one or both of these sites and ask to join! Let’s get this rolling!

Join us on Facebook and LinkedIn

Just CLICK on the above Links and Connect with your PEERS all around Ohio!


Are you interested in learning more about OAOHN?  

Reach out to us at oaohninfo@gmail.com or

call us at 614-226-4206.