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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 6/16/17

 QuadMed in Clyde, Ohio is Looking for an

Occupational Health Nurse

(PRN-Per Diem-On call)

GENERAL PURPOSE OF JOB

The Occupational Health Nurse provides preventative health care for employees of QuadMed clients. They work closely with employers to ensure that health and safety standards are met, and are instrumental in maintaining optimal employee health.

CORE KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide prompt, appropriate clinical care to all employees in conformance with company policies, clinical protocols, state regulations and ethical standards. This includes worksite injury/illness triage, treatment coordination with the Wellness Center, and referral to specialists as necessary.
  • Documents all clinical care in appropriate medical format in the provided electronic medical record.
  • Other duties may include recording of vital signs, audiograms, vision testing, urine collection, blood collection, spirometry, respirator fit testing, injections and basic first aid.
  • Supports the employers Workers Compensation Program including providing case management for all employee work-related injuries and/or illnesses for the purposes of reducing illness and absenteeism.
  • Coordinates and manages compliance with a client’s pre-placement, OSHA mandated and non-mandated surveillance programs such as drug screening, HazMat, respiratory protection, and hearing conservation programs.
  • Provides appropriate follow-up communication with the Client and treating providers.
  • Refers employees to other providers or programs in the community as appropriate.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE JOB DESCRIPTION

Questions?  Reach out to:

Dionne Green
QuadMed
Corporate Recruiter

digreen@qg.com

Posted 6/13/17

Help Us Increase Hepatitis C Virus Education

We are excited to announce that the AAOHN Foundation has received a grant from the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable to help increase Hepatitis C virus (HCV) education, screening and linkage to care for persons at risk for HCV. As a part of this new grant, we will be conducting a series of surveys to determine your knowledge of HCV, current outreach activities and any organizational barriers to that outreach.

Other grant activities include:
An HCV campaign, including a free webinar and resource webpage
HCV concurrent educational sessions at the AAOHN 2018 National Conference
A Workplace Health and Safety article sharing survey results and best practices

We would love to hear from you about HCV.

CLICK HERE to participate in the first survey, which will help us in our future HCV education efforts. The survey ends June 15, 2017 at midnight CT.

 

Posted 5/31/17

Government Affairs Update from ASSE

OSHA

  • In partnership with ASSE, AIHA, and NSC, OSHA’s Safe & Sound Week is June 12-18. A national campaign to promote the value of safety and health programs, Safe & Sound Week reminds employers and workers of the three core elements of an effective safety and health program – management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing workplace hazards.
  • OSHA has indefinitely suspended its rule requiring firms to report injury and illness data electronically.
  • A coalition of construction industry associations formally petitioned OSHA to begin a limited reopening of the agency’s March 25, 2016, final rule setting requirements for reduction of respirable crystalline silica in general industry, construction and maritime workplaces.
  • Though still under review at OMB, the beryllium standard took effect on May 20.Employers must comply with the rule by March 12, 2018.

 

Posted 5/3/17

ANA Enterprise to Launch New Initiative to
 Transform Health of America’s Nurses 

SILVER SPRING, MD – The ANA Enterprise today announced that it will launch the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Grand Challenge, a new initiative designed to transform the health of the nation by improving the health of America’s 3.6 million registered nurses, on May 1.  Sage Products (a part of Stryker Medical) is a corporate sponsor of the HNHN Grand Challenge.

“The ANA Enterprise has a long-standing commitment to ensuring the health and wellness of the nation, and we want nurses to be role models of good health,” said ANA Enterprise CEO Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN.  “Nurses are committed to caring for their patients, and they often put their own health aside.  As a result, nurses are less healthy than the average American due to the demands of shift work, higher levels of stress, and lack of access to healthy food.”

The HNHN Grand Challenge will connect and engage individual nurses, employers of nurses, state nurses associations, and specialty nurses associations to take action to improve their health in five key areas:  physical activity, rest, nutrition, quality of life, and safety.  The HNHN Grand Challenge will also provide a web platform to inspire action, cultivate friendly competition, provide content and resources to users, gather user data, and serve to connect nurses with each other, and with employers and organizations.  There will also be health challenges related to the key areas, such as a quality of life challenge with daily tips to reduce stress, in May, and a safety challenge with tips on safe patient handling and mobility in June.

Seventy state nurses associations, hospitals, nursing schools, and other healthcare organizations have already signed up as partners and committed to a variety of health goals, from increasing physical activity and improving nutrition to preventing burnout.  Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, for example, started a “Tender Loving Care” Cart to reduce stress, compassion fatigue and depression among nurses by offering massages, aromatherapy, Reiki, healing touch, and nutritional support, and the Missouri Nurses Association is organizing a “Show Me Healthy Nurses” 5K run.

Both individuals and organizational partners can get information and sign up for the HNHN Grand Challenge by visitingwww.healthynursehealthynation.org.

The launch of the HNHN Grand Challenge precedes the annual National Nurses Week (May 6-12), which celebrates the many contributions nurses make to keep America healthy.  Nurses, hospitals, and other health care stakeholders are encouraged to download the National Nurses Week Resource Toolkit, which includes materials to help promote this annual observance in local communities and in the media.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse,” with the tagline, “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” Each month, ANA will highlight various health, safety, and wellness topics to help guide nurses on their journey toward their best health ever.

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The ANA Enterprise is the organizing platform of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Nurses Foundation.  The ANA Enterprise leverages the combined strength of each to drive excellence in practice and ensure nurses’ voice and vision are recognized by policy leaders, industry influencers and employers.  From professional development and advocacy, credentialing and grants, and products and services through its Nursing Knowledge Center division, the ANA Enterprise is the leading resource for nurses to arm themselves with the tools, information, and network they need to excel in their individual practices. In helping individual nurses succeed—across all practices and specialties, and at each stage of their careers—the ANA Enterprise is lighting the way for the entire profession to succeed.

 

Each April, OHN Week recognizes and celebrates the approximately 19,000 members of the occupational and environmental health nursing profession. Occupational and environmental health nurses promote the health and wellbeing of workers and their families, developing programs that enable healthy, engaged and productive employees.

 

“Across the United States, occupational and environmental health nurses are leading the charge for healthy and safe workplaces,” said Jeannie Tomlinson, President of AAOHN. “Employers turn to occupational health nurses to promote healthy lifestyles and keep workers safe, healthy and performing at a high level.”

 

This year’s OHN week also commemorates the 75th anniversary of AAOHN, the largest professional association for occupational and environmental health nursing. In 1942, 300 nurses from 16 states founded the American Association of Industrial Nurses (AAIN), the predecessor to AAOHN. Today, with 106 chapters and more than 4,400 members, AAOHN is dedicated to advancing the health, safety and productivity of domestic and global workforces by providing education, research, public policy and practice resources for occupational and environmental health nurses.

 

“AAOHN members and our occupational health nursing peers across the country have made critical strides in leading workplace health and safety,” added Tomlinson. “By serving as champions for a safe and healthy workplace culture, occupational and environmental health nurses improve the health of employees and contribute to a healthy bottom line for businesses.”

 

OHN Week 2017 is themed: Occupational Health Nurses: Creating a Culture of Health & Safety in the Workplace.

 

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

Lisa LeVasseur RN CCM

Regional Operations Manager/Training

 

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 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

SAVE THE DATES!  

Upcoming Events For You in 2017!

November

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

Cultural and Behavioral Health In The Workplace

Posted 11/15/16

2016 Carole Lugar Award Winner

Jessica Howell

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

Posted 11/14/16

2016 OAOHN Medique Leadership Award Winner

Lora Dues

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 (Left:  Lora Dues, Catherine Wolters)

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JULY RESOURCES

Warmer weather often means being outside more. When it comes to sun exposure, you can take steps suggested by www.healthfinder.gov today to protect your skin: use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher; cover up with long sleeves and a hat and stay out of the sun during peak hours.

To read this month’s resources CLICK HERE

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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.

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Posted 4/8/16

Shanna Dunbar Photos

Posted 12/22/15

LISTEN!!!!! 

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

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WE WANT YOU!

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!

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Are you interested in learning more about OAOHN?  

Reach out to us at oaohninfo@gmail.com or

call us at 614-226-4206.