Welcome to the Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nurses Website

The Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nurses is an organization of approximately 200 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. As of February 2019, members can choose to be a member of National AAOHN and select as many local chapters throughout the US to be a part of OR they can choose to ONLY be a member of the state and local chapters!


Click here to be a member of AAOHN & Local Chapters


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 8/13/19

Check This Out!!!  One Of OAOHN’s Past President’s


Posted 7/31/19

2019 Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available


Deadline is October 14th

Questions?  Reach out to Alberta Hudec, Sponsorship Chair at amhudecrn@gmail.com

Posted 7/30/19

WorkAbility Seminar Early Registration Rate Ends 8/1!

There is less than 2 weeks to take advantage of the Early Registration rate for the below WorkAbility courses.

Register now!

Our next WorkAbility PhysicalFIT Screen Basic Course
will be

Thursday August 15, 2019 in Ashtabula, OH

This is a basic workshop for nurses and fitness professionals to learn how to administer a PhysicalFIT Screen and WorkAbility Movement Screen from start to finish.

PhysicalFIT Screen Basic Registration Form

Our next WorkAbility Examiner Advanced Course
will be

Friday-Saturday August 16-17 2019 in Ashtabula, OH

This is an advanced 2-day seminar for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers to perform the WorkAbility Systems method of functional job analysis, worker fitness screening, and functional capacity evaluation.

WorkAbility Examiner Advanced Course Registration Form

Rick Wickstrom, PT, DPT, CPE is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Professional Ergonomist. He is President of WorkAbility Systems and WorkerFIT.
WorkAbility Systems, Inc.
Toll Free: (866) 772-1026
Fax: (513) 672-2552

OAOHN Members at AAOHN National 


 OAOHN Member – Pat Strasser, PhD, RN, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN (right)  is also a part of the AAOHN Board!

OAOHN Board President, Noreen Dimmerling, RN, COHN, CCM (left) along with OAOHN Board Vice President, Lavita Ewing, COHN-S (right)


OAOHN Past President, Peggy Berry, PhD, RN, COHN-S, SCP-SHRM, PLNC  (left)


(left to right) OAOHN Members – Lora Dues, Karen Speas, Noreen Dimmerling, Peggy Berry, Lavita Ewing along with AAOHN President Mary Gene Ryan (4th from left)

Posted 4/12/19


Please help us celebrate a great honor and achievement of one of our OAOHN Members – Jennifer Boggs, RN, COHN.

Jennifer was recognized by ABOHN for the “2018 Ann M. Lachat Excellence in Occupational Health Nursing Award”.  This recognition is for the individual who received the highest grade on the COHN testing to achieve their COHN Certification.

What an honor! We are so proud of you!

Posted 3/9/19

NDASH 2019

OAOHN at the Ohio State House on

March 6, 2019

OAOHN Board Member Florence Drayden

, presenting to approx. 400 attendees at the Ohio State House

OAOHN President Noreen Dimmerling & OAO

HN Board Member Florence Drayden

Posted 3/9/19

OAOHN at The 2019 Ohio Safety Congress

OAOHN Past President, Peggy Berry & Steve Berry presenting at the OSC 2019 on How To Integrate Lean Into Ergonomic Assessments for Greater Productivity.


OAOHN Board Members, Lou Ann Mallon & Karen Speas at the OAOHN booth.

OAOHN President Noreen Dimmerling, OAOHN Past President Peggy Berry, OAOHN Member Cynthia Betcher and OAOHN Board Member Amber Hamill.

OAOHN Board Member Alberta Hudec and OAOHN President Noreen Dimmerling


Posted 2/1/19

Opioids and Worker Health

Did you know that more than 130 people in the United States die each day after overdosing on opioids? This staggering statistic, reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, demonstrates the critical public health concerns related to the opioid epidemic. These issues are also important when considering the health of workers, as opioids are commonly prescribed for many job-related injuries. However, misuse of opioids can impact workers’ health and well-being both in the workplace and at home.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Services is sharing their podcast on Opioids and Worker Health.  In this podcast, hear more about the significant risks that opioids pose to worker health and safety, and how different agencies and nonprofit organizations are working to address these concerns. In addition, learn more about different educational and prevention strategies that can be used to protect workers.


Posted 2/1/19

Risk Engineering Safety Calendars AVAILABLE

Creating safety awareness is key to help control and reduce risks. With Zurich Risk Engineering’s safety calendars, you may implement many essential practices.  View more than 20 calendars offered for a variety of different industries.



Posted 12/28/18

Pennsylvania Association of Occupational Health Nurses Annual State Conference



Posted 12/18/18

Medical Marijuana And Its Impact On BWC.


Posted 11/13/18

New Dates for Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium

The next  Medical & Health Symposium is scheduled for April 26-27, 2019.  This Friday/Saturday event will better accommodate the availability of Ohio’s health-care providers.

The free symposium will consist of programming for both clinicians and provider office staff. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

For more information, contact Chris Angles by email or phone 614-728-5508.


Posted 11/13/18


Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nursing (OAOHN) has advocated the occupational and environmental health nurse (OHN) as the solution for many industries’ safety and health problems.  From the beginning, OAOHN educates the OHN to OSHA, NIOSH, CDC, and EPA standards and surveillance requirements. In addition to educating the OHN, OAOHN created a broad approach to educate industry and other nurses on the profession.

For the last five years, OAOHN has attended the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo. OAOHN has a booth at the event to educate any participant on occupational health nursing. Shanna Dunbar, the current president of OAOHN presented this year on return to work issues and Peggy Berry, coordinated the booth, and both volunteered at the booth. We have great volunteers who (wo)man the booth:

  • Fran Burrows
  • Lavita Ewing
  • Karen Speas
  • Amber Hamill
  • Noreen Dimmerling

Moreover, OAOHN participates in Ohio Nurses’ Association Nurses’ Day at the Statehouse.  OAOHN has been instrumental at broadening the recognition of the role of the OHN and the political issues associated with Compact Licensure.  In 2018, Florence Drayden presented with Peggy Berry attending in support. Both participants took a photo shoot with the new President of Ohio Nurses’ Association, Brian Burger.  Florence did an excellent presentation of what OHNs’ do and the Compact issue. Florence also attends a group association meeting while Peggy chairs the Environmental and Community Health Caucus, which addresses legislative issues that affect the health of Ohio citizens.



OAOHN wants to keep you in the loop of all the education options to help you increase your knowledge.



Worksite Health ScoreCard!

The newly updated CDC Worksite Health Scorecard tool is designed to help employers assess their wellness programs, identify gaps, and prioritize interventions aimed at promoting the health and well-being of their employees. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently updated the tool, including evidence-based changes to scoring and question verbiage, as well as the addition of several new questions and new modules. 

You can find out more about the Worksite Health ScoreCard by visiting: https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/initiatives/healthscorecard/index.html




This is just another benefit for our members to be able to partner with companies that will  make you successful in your job!

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