News ArchiveMarch 2014
March 10, 2014 Press Release: AAOHN and ACOEM to Study Impact of Increased Use of Marijuana on Workplace Health & Safety
March 7, 2014 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposes to cover Hepatitis C testing as a preventive service benefit for at-risk populations. A final ruling is expected in June. You can read the draft memo here.
March 6, 2014 Joe Dear, former assistant secretary of labor at OSHA during the Clinton Administration, passed away February 26, 2014 at the age of 62, as reported in this Los Angeles Times article.
February 26, 2014 Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College releases fact sheet on Health and the Older Worker.
February 26, 2014 News from the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable - February 2014 Read here.
February 25, 2014 International Labour Organization (ILO) World Day for Safety and Health at Work is April 28. The theme is "Safety and Health in the Use of Chemicals at Work." Plan to recognize the occasion with a poster and other tools.
February 25, 2014 From the March of Dimes: Healthy Babies Healthy Business: Improving Outcomes in Your Workforce
February 19, 2014 New PreventionMatters infographic shows how working together, we can keep Americans healthy: http://1.usa.gov/1ctknth
February 12, 2014 From the CDC: TWH in Action newsletter
February 12, 2014 USPSTF releases draft Hepatitis B Screening Recommendations. The draft recommends (with a “B” grade) testing everyone who is at high risk for hepatitis B infection. You can help make sure the draft “B” grade stays in the final recommendations by submitting public comment. You can write a brief statement of support for the recommendations with a message about why screening those at risk for hepatitis B is important to you, your community, or people you serve. Public comment is being accepted until 5 p.m. ET, March 10, 2014, and you can submit your comments here.
February 10, 2014 AAOHN members: Please urge members of Congress to support the Veteran's Health Administration's recent change in their Nursing Handbook, which allows nurses with advanced training to practice medicine without physician supervision throughout the VHA system. Show your support here.
January 22, 2014 AAOHN member Gail King, RN, OHN, helps keep employees of the Ellen DeGeneres Show healthy during flu season: Watch the video.
January 22, 2014 This month marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Surgeon General's report that first warned of the dangers of smoking. Learn more:
January 21, 2014 Central Industrial Hygiene Association of India (CIHA) invites EHS professionals to attend first National Conference In industrial Hygiene at Mumbai, India, February 13-14, 2014. The conference is organized in collaboration with American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) and American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN). AAOHN President Pam Carter is one of the speakers scheduled to present at the conference. Learn more:
January 21, 2014 CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) webinars planned: Jan. 23: 2013-2014 Influenza Season: Updates and Recommendations for Clinicians; Jan. 28: Malaria Cases in the US Reach 40-Year High: Information and Guidance for Clinicians
January 21, 2014 News Update from the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable
January 10, 2014 The American Nurses Association announces a call for applications for the Nursing Scope and Standards Revision Workgroup and an associated Nursing Scope and Standards Revision Advisory Workgroup to undertake the review and revision of the 2010 Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. The Revision Workgroup will meet two times per month via two-hour conference calls and via email starting in early 2014. The Advisory Workgroup will dialogue electronically and may also be invited to participate in one or two conference calls in 2014. All registered nurse applicants must be either an ANA member OR a member of one of ANA’s two Premier Organizational Affiliates (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association). Electronic applications for this 12-18 month intensive professional work effort will be accepted through January 31, 2014. Learn more.
January 10, 2014 The CDC has issued a fact sheet and report on the abuse of alcohol in the United States, stating that dialogue between healthcare professionals and their patients can reduce alcohol consumption significantly. Alcohol screening and counseling is an effective but underused health service. Excessive alcohol intake is associated with an increase in heart disease, breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, sudden infant death syndrome, motor-vehicle crashes, violence, and suicide. See how the CDC System’s changes such as discussing alcohol intake with your health provider have been shown to reduce alcohol consumption by 25%.
December 23, 2013 AAOHN members are invited to participate in Buck Consultants' WORKING WELL: A Global Survey of Health Promotion, Workplace Wellness, and Productivity Strategies. The survey is designed to gain insight into how employers around the world implement and evaluate strategic wellness and health promotion initiatives to improve employee health and morale, control costs, and enhance workforce productivity and performance.
December 20, 2013 The White House yesterday released new national and state reports showing the costs of repealing the health care law.
December 19, 2013 Viral Hepatitis Testing Legislation Introduced in Congress Learn more:
December 10, 2013 In Controlling Health Hazards to Hospital Workers: A Reference Guide, specialists in occupational medicine from the United States and India describe ways to control everything from anesthetic gases to X-rays. Hazards addressed include lifting and other ergonomic hazards, communicable diseases, hazardous drugs, chemicals, radiation, violence, stress and shift work. The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the New York State Nurses Association have made this supplemental issue of New Solutions (Baywood Publishing) available for free in order to reach healthcare professionals and hospital workers around the world.
December 10, 2013 ANA to offer free weight management webinar January 9. Learn more.
November 25, 2013 Call for Abstracts for the ICN Conference to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, June 19-23, 2015. With the theme “Global Citizen, Global Nursing”, the ICN 2015 Conference will provide a global platform for the dissemination of nursing knowledge and leadership across specialities, cultures and countries. Learn more.
November 19, 2013 New ANA Survey Evaluates RN Health, Wellness, Safety Learn more.
November 1, 2013 The holidays and the New Year are just around the corner. How about a new “you” to be thankful for? This month only, in honor of nurses striving to be healthy, the American Nurses Association’s HealthyNurse™ program and Weight Watchers is offering a special “get one month free” discount for either Weight Watchers meetings or Weight Watchers online programs. Nurses, this is a time-limited offer just for you, only from Nov 1-30. Visit www.weightwatchers.com/healthynurse today for further details and to start your journey to a healthier weight.
October 25, 2013 Depictions of nurses behaving unprofessionally can undermine the respect patients have for the most trusted profession. For those concerned with the recent MTV show, Scrubbing In, you can sign a petition against it and encourage friends and family to refrain from watching.
October 9, 2013 Urge Senators to Block Bill Delaying Trucker OSA Screening Learn more and find contact information for your senator. (shared courtesy of the National Sleep Foundation)
October 2, 2013 Commentary on Investing in an Aging Workforce from Kenneth Scott, Fellow, Sloan Center on Aging & Work, Boston College
September 30, 2013 Tuesday, October 1 begins Open Enrollment for healthcare coverage via the Affordable Care Act. For the most current information for coaching your employees, their families and the community, visit: www.healthcare.gov or www.marketplace.cms.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.
September 26, 2013 Guidelines from CDC and the State and Territorial Council of Epidemiologists: Investigating Suspected Cancer Clusters and Responding to Community Concerns
September 25, 2013 Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), who is a registered nurse, recorded this special video message for nurses across the country that highlights the critical roles nurses will play in health care reform and information resources you can use to learn more about the Marketplace.
September 5, 2013 AAOHN has signed a letter calling upon Dept. of Health & Human Services Secretary Sebelius to ensure that the next Viral Hepatitis Action Plan includes a strong focus on ending disparities for African Americans. As an AAOHN member, you can sign the letter as an inidividual, as well. Signatures are needed by COB, September 13.
September 5, 2013 Today is N95 Day, an observance of respiratory protection in the workplace. View resources available from NIOSH and the NPPTL.
August 31, 2013 NIOSH offers free online course to train nurses to recognize and prevent workplace violence.
August 29, 2013 Legacy and the Lung Alliance will host an in-person lecture and webcast, Demystifying Lung Cancer Screenings, Sept. 10. Learn more.
August 23, 2013 OSHA Announces Proposed Rule to Protect Workers Exposed to Crystalline Silica Read the press release.
August 23, 2013 By October 1, 2013, help your employers provide employees with notice of the availability of coverage through public health insurance exchanges.August 22, 2013 CDC Seeks Participants for Tips from Former Smokers Campaign Learn more.
August 15, 2013 FDA issues sterile products recall notice. Learn more.
August 12, 2013 Workplace Violence Prevention - Free online course for nurses and direct-care healthcare professionals Learn more
August 12, 2013 NIOSH eNews - August 2013 issue
August 8, 2013 CDC Releases 2014 Edition of "Yellow Book" Learn more.
July 29, 2013 AOHP Offers Archived Webinars Learn more.
July 11, 2013 Free Webinar - MERS-CoV: Infection Prevention and Control
John Howard, M.D., J.D.
Thursday, July 11, 2013 from noon to 1 p.m. CDT
July 8, 2013 The Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital seek female nurses ages 20-46 to participate in the Nurses' Health Study.
June 25, 2013 News from NVHR: National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable Hails U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for New Hep C Testing Recommendation
June 24, 2013 NIOSH Revises B Readings for Chest X-Rays Learn more.
June 23, 2013 Later this week, AAOHN will join ANA and other subject matter experts in introducing Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards. Learn more and watch a video about the standards featuring Donna L. Zankowski, RN, BS, COHN, President, Seneca Valley, Maryland AAOHN .
June 11, 2013 National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable to host webinar June 27: The Affordable Care Act & Viral Hepatitis: Opportunities and Challenges
June 8, 2013
June 7, 2013 CDC Health Update - Health Infections with Avian Influenza A
June 6, 2013 News from ABOHN about the Safety Management Exam and Certification
2013 Workers' Compensation Benchmarking Survey Learn more and take the survey.
Spirometry Training News - NIOSH has instituted a seven-month grace period for individuals with a current valid certificate to complete refresher training. Learn More.
Join AAOHN in the National Bike Challenge Learn more.
CDC data shows most people reported with Hepatitis C are Baby Boomers and many may not receive complete testing for the virus View press release
Abstract Submissions for the AAOHN 2014 Conference and the AAOHN 2014 Global Summit are now open! You must be logged in to submit abstracts.
AAOHN Joins Friends of NIOSH to Support Continued Funding & You Can Help! Learn more.
Abstracts for the 2014 Global Summit will be accepted May 1, 2013. Learn more.
AAOHN Congratulates 2013 Award Recipients Learn More
Press Release AAOHN Collects Food and Funds for Three Square