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.
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.
OAOHN at AAOHN National Conference
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/workplaceh
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