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 2/27/17

 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 ContactJennifer.jezorski@nationwidechildrens.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity.  Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To view all current opening or apply online, visit us at:

NationwideChildrens.org/healthcare-career-opportunities or follow us

on Twitter @NCHCareers


Posted 2/23/17

Welcome New Members

From January & February!

LaToya Phillips, Ohio State Chapter, Cincinnati, OH

Johnet K. Johnson, Ohio State Chapter, Willoughby, OH

Rhea L. Humphrey, Ohio State Chapter, Grove City, OH

Cindy Cook, RN, Ohio State Chapter, Van Wert, OH

Cynthia Betcher, Ohio State Chapter, Mason, OH

Jennifer Wright, Ohio State Chapter, Pataskala, OH

Amy Christine Smith, Ohio State Chapter, New Bavaria, OH

Theresa Marie Hengstenberger, Ohio State Chapter, Copley, OH

Posted 2/23/17

Prescription Drug Benefits Regulation Workers Comp Coverage Disability Health Care Costs More + Less –

(Reuters) — The first-ever implant to fight addiction to opioids, a class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers and heroin, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday.

The matchstick-sized implant, developed by Titan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and privately owned Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, is by design less susceptible to abuse or the illicit resale that plagues existing oral therapies.

Currently, two drugs are predominantly used to treat opioid addiction — methadone, which is dispensed only in government-endorsed clinics, and the less-addictive buprenorphine, which exists as a pill or strip of film.

The implant administers buprenorphine for up to six months after users have been stabilized on the oral form of the drug.

“I intend to make this the most successful implant that’s ever been marketed … and I think it’s absolutely possible given the unmet need,” Braeburn CEO Behshad Sheldon said in an interview ahead of the FDA decision.

Fewer than half of the estimated 2.2 million Americans who need treatment for opioid abuse are receiving help, according to the U.S. Centers for Human and Health Services.

Authorities investigating the death of singer Prince found prescription opioid medication on him, sections of the media had reported. The music legend died one day before he was scheduled to meet a doctor who specializes in addiction treatment, the doctor’s lawyer revealed earlier this month.

Braeburn declined to forecast the potential size of the market for its implant, Probuphine.

The company estimated the U.S. market for opioid addiction treatments at about $2 billion, excluding methadone and Vivitrol, Alkermes P.L.C.’s treatment for the prevention of relapse after opioid detoxification.

The market for long-acting therapies such as Probuphine could be even larger if attempts to raise the limit on the number of opioid addicts a doctor can treat are successful.

Under the current law, a doctor can treat only 30 opioid addicts within a year of obtaining a waiver, rising to a maximum 100 after procurement of a second waiver.

The Congress and the HHS are working toward increasing this limit.

Of particular interest to Braeburn and Titan is a proposal that exempts from the patient cap any treatment directly administered by a physician, such as an implant or injection.

Probuphine’s path to approval has not been smooth. In 2013, the FDA rejected the implant, saying it needed additional data.

After the submission of new trial data, FDA staff in January raised reservations about possible complications from the insertion and removal of the implant. Data also showed that some users continued to need oral buprenorphine.

Despite these concerns, an independent panel of experts to the FDA voted largely in favor of the treatment.

Braeburn, in collaboration with Sweden’s Camurus A.B., also has a weekly and monthly injectable buprenorphine formulation in late-stage development.

Britain’s Indivior P.L.C., which is also evaluating a long-acting injectable in a late-stage study, received the U.S. FDA’s fast-track status on Thursday for the treatment



Lisa LeVasseur RN CCM

Regional Operations Manager/Training

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 1/18/17

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
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! 


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.