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 2/6/17

Network Employee Health Manager

Are you looking to join and support a mission driven organization seeking to impact the community through healthcare?

Kettering Health Network is looking for an Employee Health Manager at Prestige Place (1 Prestige Place, Miamisburg, OH, 45342) who will seek to engage in various programs to ensure optimal physical and mental health care for employees around the organization.

Job Responsibilities

Network Employee Health Manager position duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Engage in services such as coordination of worker’s compensation, Employee Assistance, Pre-Employment medical services and daily operations
  • Provide leadership to campus employee health coordinators and offices,
  • Develop, implement and manage applicable policies and procedures to ensure employee safety and compliance
  • Ensure legal/regulatory compliance for all Employee Health related programs (examples: blood borne pathogen exposures, tuberculosis screening)
  • Manage relationships with third party administrator for the KHN employee assistance program
  • Coordinate with internal resources and workers compensation third party vendor to manage KHN’s injuries, costs, and modified duty program.


FT (80 hrs/pay period) 8am – 4:30pm

To Apply for the Job (code 16-79-43) Apply Here

Questions?  Reach out to:

Isheanesu Mazani
KHN Human Resources
Network Recruiter
937.762.1152 ext. 21152


Posted 2/2/17

Check, Check: NIOSH Launches New Sound Level Meter App

Our world is getting louder. Excessive noise is a public health problem and can induce hearing impairment, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, sleep disturbance, and a host of other psychological and social behavior problems. The World Health Organization estimates that 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. Occupational hearing loss is the most common work-related illness in the United States; NIOSH estimates that approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise. Understanding and minimizing the risks associated with noise exposures are the keys to preventing noise-related hearing loss.

Read More…

Posted 1/25/17

2017 PAAOHN Conference

Hosted by Philadelphia Chapter

March 8-10, 2017

“Join the Revolution: Advances in Clinical Occupational Health at Valley Forge”

Valley Forge Convention and Casino


Register at www.PAAOHN.org

Posted 1/23/17

OAOHN’s Volunteer Opportunity

Let’s Give Back!

OAOHN is currently looking for a member to help support the coordination of our booth at the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo located at the Columbus Convention Center
March 8th – 10th

Want Free CE’s?
This expo offers several nursing CE credits
OAOHN will provide reimbursement for expenses to the person who is willing to coordinate/run the booth, lodging, expenses, etc.

to read more about the
Ohio Safety Congress & Expo

Questions or Interested?  

Please reach out to:

Shanna S. Dunbar RN COHN-S

OAOHN President

c: (440) 463-6921

Posted 1/23/17

NovaCare’s Ohio WorkStrategies® Teams Present the

2nd Annual Ohio Workers’ Compensation Education Day!

Date: Friday, April 7, 2017

 Akron, Ohio  

*5 free CEU’s for RN’s, CRC’s and CCMC’s!!

**Attendance is free with breakfast and lunch included!!

RSVP to Scott Mitchell at smitchell@hq.novacare.com

or call to 330-931-7644


Posted 1/20/17

OAOHN Job Board

Midwest Express, Inc.

(a Honda Logistics Company)


Currently Seeking an Experienced LPN to support the Environmental  Health & Safety Department located East Liberty, OH.

  • Provide first aid/emergency care to injured and ill associates
  • Work closely with the medical leave team to assist with the medical piece and communication pertaining to associate leaves (WC, FMLA, STD, Medical Personal Leave)
  • Provide a safe return to work on a Transitional Work Program or full duty
  • Assist associates to meet incident reporting requirements
  • Conduct workplace health screenings
  • Support company health and wellness programs
  • Assist with construction of reports and medical record management
  • Demonstrate adherence to company core values
  • Assist with equipment maintenance, organization and cleanliness of work areas
  • Other duties as assigned.

CLICK HERE to read more about this job and to apply

Posted 1/18/17

OAOHN Job Board

MillerCoors is Currently Seeking a Health Services Specialist at the Trenton, OH Brewery

The Health Services Specialist provides medical and health management, delivery of health services and supports employees and family by overseeing progress through health care process.

Oversees and implements health services to ill/injures employees, including workers’ compensation, medical first response, and return-to-work and disability programs.

Manages the occupational health testing and surveillance and employee wellness initiatives.

Provides direct clinical care as needed and refers to appropriate external service providers.

Works closely with site safety, human resources, operations and others in the identification and correction of risks and maintaining compliance with various federal and state regulations.

Provides Clinical knowledge and expertise to the organization, such as Family Medical Leave program.

Assists employees and their family in understanding medical care and health risks and serves as an employee advocate in health care treatment.

CLICK HERE to read more about this job and to apply

Posted 12/23/16

Guideline Resources: CDC Opioid Guideline Mobile App

CDC Opioid Guideline App:
Prescribe with Confidence

 Photo of the app with the MME calculator screen

CDC’s new Opioid Guideline App is designed to help providers apply the recommendations of CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain into clinical practice by putting the entire guideline, tools, and resources in the palm of their hand. Managing chronic pain is complex, but accessing prescribing guidance has never been easier.

The application includes a Morphine Milligram Equivalent (MME) calculator*, summaries of key recommendations and a link to the full Guideline, and an interactive motivational interviewing feature to help providers practice effective communications skills and prescribe with confidence.

Free Download

The new CDC Opioid Guideline App is now available for free download on Google Play (Android devices) and in the Apple Store (iOS devices).

Posted 12/15/16

Welcome New Members!

Paul Church of Canton Ohio; Ohio State Chapter

Kristi L. Dzendzel of Bradford Ohio; Ohio State Chapter  

Chris Lee Yoho of Beloit, Ohio; Ohio State Chapter

Dana Jean Evans of Lancaster, Ohio; Ohio State Chapter

Posted 12/15/16


Upcoming Events For You in 2017!


March 8-10, 2017:   Ohio Safety Congress (BWC) Columbus, Ohio


March 22, 2017:   Nurse’s Day at the Statehouse



April 24 – 27, 2017:  AAOHN  2017 National Conference  “History, Passion, Performance”   (New Orleans, La.)


November 2,  3, & 4, 2017: Annual Ohio Association of OHN Conference (Columbus)

Cultural and Behavioral Health In The Workplace

Posted 12/15/16


Boost your career this spring in New Orleans at the AAOHN 2017 National Conference and celebrate AAOHN’s 75th anniversary. From networking to educational opportunities, the AAOHN 2017 National Conference will provide the experience of a lifetime. Join us at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans April 24-27 and for the Global Summit April 23-24.

Why should you attend the AAOHN 2017 National Conference? Let us count the ways:

  • Gain education in the latest programs, technology and resources for occupational and environmental health and safety practice.
  • Take advantage of general sessions and learn from leading edge keynote speakers.
  • Network with like-minded individuals and meet new peers.

Book your hotel and register for the event – book early for best pricing. Learn more here.

Posted 12/15/16

AAOHN is Seeking a Director of Education

AAOHN has a wonderful opportunity for someone seeking a full-time role in our organization. The Director of Education will serve as a liaison to the Conference Planning, Grants, and Practice committees and work closely with these committees to develop educational programming that meets the needs of the AAOHN membership. This individual will be responsible for the development, coordination, delivery and overall quality of AAOHN’s educational products and programs and utilize project management skills in the development, implementation, evaluation and tracking of action plans to complete objectives. Candidate must be an AAOHN member.

Job Requirements
Registered Nurse with a BS in Nursing
Hold a Master’s Degree, preferably in Nursing Education or equivalent
Be creative, a strategic thinker and possess a track record as a demonstrated leader
Have the ability to develop budgets and understand fiscal controls
Familiarity with AAOHN and ANCC requirements
This position will require limited travel. The AAOHN offices are located in Chicago, however, the Director of Education position may work remotely from any location.

For a copy of the complete job description, click here. Please send a resume and salary requirements via email to Kaye Englebrecht.

Resumes can also be mailed by January 31, 2017 to:

330 North Wabash, Suite 2000
Chicago, Illinois 60611

We look forward to seeing the amazing applicants from the AAOHN community. Please contact AAOHN at 312-321-5173 with any questions.

Posted 12/15/16


For those of you who do not know me, I am collaborating with the Alliance of Nurses for Health Environments to recruit nurses in the State of Ohio for an event.  We are developing an event targeting the Lima, Youngstown, Cleveland, Zanesville or Columbus area but we need nurses to actively engage in in finding a health care facility or school that would allow an event to take place in those areas the week of December 19th. I live in Dayton, Ohio but am more than willing to meet with anyone who can work to get us into these specific areas for a media event. Wow, if we could do more than one site before Christmas, that would be great.

I know, Christmas time. Most of you have families or even grandchildren who you intend to have a blessed time with over the holidays. But, I do this for my grandchild, my future granddaughter (due in February) and their children and grandchildren. Just as nurses illuminated the threat of cigarette smoking in causing cancer, nurses know that Methane is a climate changer, 84 times more powerful than CO2. Methane and other VOCs create ozone and trigger asthma attacks, have been linked to low birth weight and premature delivery.  We know Ohio’s infant mortality increased 5% between 2015 and 2016. How much of that is related to environmental exposure and poor air quality?

So, I am asking, pleading for volunteers to help me find a hospital or school venue in Lima, Youngstown, Cleveland, Zanesville, or Columbus that will support a media event on the health effects of Methane and the need to continue to support and strengthen the EPA Methane New Source Rules. You can volunteer to write an LTE (I will send you an LTE you can personalize), an opinion piece (again, I have people to help with that), or a venue we can knock some socks off on really illuminating the need to regulate Methane and other VOCs for the health of the nation.

Please let me know as soon as possible that you can help.  Thank you.

Peggy Ann Berry, PhD, MSN, RN, COHN-S, SPHR-CSP
Thrive_At_Life: Working Solutions
(937) 304-4922
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
Posted 12/15/16
Current Consulting Group provides the latest in industry related news headlines here.


News and Updates

December 7, 2016


OSHA Injunction Denied – What This Does and Doesn’t Mean for Employers
Judge Sam A. Lindsay, United States District Court, denied a request for injunction against OSHA’s new post-injury reporting rule.  This development provides many answers to questions about the implementation of OSHA’s new rule.  Let’s look at what it means and what it doesn’t mean for post-injury drug testing.


Click Here to Read More


National Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Established for Truck and Bus Drivers
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule on Dec. 2, 2016 to create a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for truck and bus drivers.  The database will house records of drug and alcohol testing violations by commercial driver’s license holders.  The new drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule requires FMCSA-regulated employers, medical review officers, substance abuse professionals, and consortia/third party administrators to report information related to violations by current and prospective employees.


Click Here to Read More

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! 

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

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.