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 11/27/18

QuadMed is Hiring!

QuadMed is hiring a 2nd Shift Occupational Health Nurse for our onsite clinic with Whirlpool in Clyde, OH


Please send resume or inquiries to kbrivers@qg.com

Posted 11/13/18


National AAOHN is proposing new updates to the bylaws that would restructure the membership options for all active and future members.  We are encouraging all members to educate themselves on the proposed updates the Chapter Challenges Taskforce and the Board of Directors propose.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

How can you get more information or ask questions?

  • Additional information from board members will be made available over the next several months
  • A Town Hall will be held on Thursday, December 6 at 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT/9:00 am PT that will offer more information on the timeline, rational, implications to members and chapters, and will leave ample time for Q&A.
  • Post a question in the Optional Chapters Membership Structure Forum

What else do you need to know?

  • Online voting to approve the bylaws change that would allow for the Optional Chapter Structure opens on January 4, 2019
  • Online voting will close on February 4, 2019
  • Preview the full document of the proposed bylaws changes

OAOHN Board Members and Local Ohio Chapter Board Members will be requesting your feedback about this proposal and what should the state of Ohio structure look like if this proposal passes.  We encourage all feedback during this proposal and hope that you can participate in the Town Hall on Thursday, December 6th at 12pm.

Posted 11/14/18


Join hundreds of nurses for this empowering & educational event focusing on health policy, legislation and nursing issues.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Ohio Statehouse Atrium – Columbus, Ohio
9:30am – 8:00pm

ONA Member or Member of Co-Sponsoring Organization | $60

Nursing Students | $35

Non-members | $100

Legislator Reception | $25

Posted 11/13/18

Earn CNE credit* by Attending NSO’s Complimentary Webinar

Title: Workplace Violence Prevention: Recommendations for Nurses

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018

Time: 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Duration: 1 hour

Violence or abuse experienced in the workplace is a critical issue that many organizations face. Nurses are at increased risk for experiencing workplace violence due to their close contact with patients as well as working in an occupational environment marked by stress and burnout. It is imperative that nurses be well educated and fully informed as they deal with this daunting topic. This course will review the topic of violence in the workplace, discuss steps that can be taken to prevent or diffuse its effects and most importantly, explain how to create and implement an effective workplace violence prevention plan. The purpose of this course is to provide nurses with information so they may better recognize, address, and prevent violence in their workplaces.


Describe the scope of workplace violence in healthcare.
Recognize risk factors and hazards commonly associated with workplace violence.
Review components of an effective workplace violence prevention program.
Identify risk control techniques for organizational leadership and nurses to help increase workplace safety.


Jennifer Flynn, CPHRM, Risk Manager, Nurses Service Organization (NSO)

Lynn Pierce, BSN, RN, CPHRM, Risk Control Director, CNA Healthcare

NOTE: At this time, credit is only available for those who attend the live event on 11/30/18 at 2pm ET. Credit is issued only when the participant has met the requirements. Participants must (1) register, (2) attend the entire live event, and (3) complete the post event survey evaluation. Only those who meet these requirements will be issued a certificate of completion. It is the responsibility of the participant to make accommodations for time zone.

Provider Accreditation
This activity for 1.0 contact hour is provided by Lippincott Professional Development and jointly provided by Nurses Service Organization.

Lippincott Professional Development (LPD) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is also provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 11749 for 1.0 contact hours, District of Columbia, Florida #FBN50-1223, and Georgia Board of Nursing #50-1223.


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 Safety Congress & Expo 2019

Build Your Network At OSC19

Attend the 2019 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC19),
March 6 to 8, where YOU can connect with thousands of resources under one roof.

Last year, more than 8,000 representatives from Ohio businesses and government attended this FREE safety congress, the largest and longest-running regional occupational safety, health and workers’ compensation conference in the U.S.



Posted 11/13/18



Enhance your education and boost your professional development this spring in Jacksonville, Florida at the 2019 AAOHN National Conference! From networking to professional development workshops, concurrent sessions and inspiring keynotes, the 2019 National Conference will provide an experience like no other.

Join us at the Jacksonville Riverfront on April 8-10, 2019.



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.



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/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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