News Archive

December 4, 2014   CDC Health Advisory regarding the Potential for Circulation of Drifted Influenza A (H3N2) Viruses



December 2, 2014     Improve your community's health with Fit to a T, a free, public education program from the U.S. Bone & Joint Initiative.


November 2014


Nov. 30, 2014     OSHA Releases Fact Sheet: PPE Selection Matrix for Occupational Exposure to Ebola Virus. A link to the Fact Sheet is now available in the AAOHN Ebola Resources Guide.

Nov. 25, 2014     CDC Health Alert: Fatal Gastrointestinal Mucormycosis in an Infant Following Ingestion of Contaminated Dietary Supplement

November 19, 2014     Conference Call: Monday, Nov. 24, 2 p.m. ET - Caring for Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective 

November 17, 2014     Visit the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) page for the latest COCA updates.

November 7, 2014     CDC: Watch Live Ebola Training Event Today, Nov. 7, 1-3 p.m. ET

November 3, 2014     View our most recent letters of support, including AAOHN's stand with the Nursing Community in signing for swift coordinated action to protect the public and health care workers against Ebola Virus Disease. 
 
November 3, 2014      Free CEU Opportunity: Total Worker Health webinar series returns Nov. 14.

November 3, 2014      NVHR Newsletter - October 2014




October 2014


October 29, 2014     SAGE to Begin Publishing Workplace Health & Safety, the official journal of AAOHN.

October 29, 2014     AACN Releases Findings from a National Study on Academic Nursing's Progress in Transitioning to the Practice Doctorate - Read the press release.

October 21, 2014     CDC News Release: Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola

October 21, 2014     From NVHR: Medicare and Hepatitis C Testing

October 20, 2014     News Release: AAOHN Publishes Ebola Resources Guide

October 20, 2014     Monday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m. ET Join the live webcast: Preparing Your Health System for Ebola

October 19, 2014     Monday, Oct. 20 Conference Call: Approaches to Clinical Management for Patients with Ebola Treated in U.S. Hospitals, 2-3:30 p.m. ET, Joining the call early is recommended. Dial in: 888-455-9766 (U.S. Callers) or 773-756-4625 (International Callers) Passcode: 5076538  

You are invited to join a conference call on Thursday, October 16th from 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT with officials from the US Department of Health and Human Services to discuss protecting the health of nurses while safely caring for a patient with Ebola. Dial in: 1-888-395-7964, Passcode: 6429111

October 14, 2014     Get the latest updates from the Community Outreach and Communications Activity (COCA). October 6 edition is now available online. 

October 6,2014   Official statement from ANA President Pam Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN On Texas Ebola Case



October 2, 2014   Clinician Outreach and Communications Activity (COCA) Update from the CDC - View the latest edition.


September
2014

Registration is now open for the 1st International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health.

September 29, 2014:   CDC Health Advisory: Acute Neurologic Illness with Focal Limb Weakness of Unknown Etiology in Children

 

September 29, 2014:   West Africa Ebola Outbreak Partner Conference Call - Please join your colleagues and partners in a special call with CDC to discuss CDC’s ongoing efforts to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Audio Dial In: 888-628-9527 (U.S. Callers); 517-308-9470 (International Callers)
Passcode: Community

September 29, 2014:   NIOSH Press Release re: manuscript titled: Adherence to Safe Handling Guidelines by Healthcare Workers Who Administer Antineoplastic Drugs. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-9-26-14.html 

September 26, 2014:   Legacy presents " 'Counter' Marketing: An In-Depth Look at Tobacco Retail Sales" - Join the webcast roundtable discussion Oct. 7 at 12 p.m. ET.

September 26, 2014:   View 2014 Ebola Outbreak: Issues of Law, Policy, and Ethics and plan to attend the Oct 22 webinar, "What the OHN Needs to Know about Ebola" with Dr. David Weber. 

September 23, 2014:   Webinar, Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. ET: Social Media Skills fo Nursing Organizations  

September 17, 2014:   Join CDC experts for a call, "West Africa Ebola Outbreak: Updates and Experiences from the Field," Friday, September 19, 2014, 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT. USA Toll Free: 800-988-9685; International: +1-210-234-0080; Passcode: 5312385 

September 15, 2014:   From Occupational Health & Safety: OSHA Makes Big Change in Injury Reporting

September 15, 2014:   CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call Annoucement: Free webinar, "Enterovirus D68 in the United States:Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Treatment," Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. ET, and "Management and Prevention of Pediatric Influenza in Healthcare Settings," Thursday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. ET.

September 12, 2014:   Community Leaders Call for End to Hepatitis C Treatment Access Crisis - Learn more.

September 3, 2014: NVHR Webinar: Conveying the Urgency of Baby Boomer Hepatitis C Testing, September 16, 3 p.m. ET Register here.

August 2014

August 28, 2014   Project Inform presents the Hepatitis C Infection and People Living with HIV Toolkit. Click on each of the thumbnails pictured to download the documents in PDF format.

August 28, 2014:   The Nursing Community presents a wewbinar, "The 2014 Midterm Federal Elections and What Nurses Need to Know," Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, 3-4 p.m. ET.  

Registration is now open for the 1st International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health.

August 22, 2014   CDC Health Alert Network issues Ebola Update and Talking Points:




August 20, 2014   Get the latest news from the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) in the NVHR August Newsletter.

August 18, 2014   AAOHN members will receive a 15% discount when they register for the 2014 Mediterranean Diet & Workplace Health Conference at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), presented by the Initiative for Productivity and Health Management and The Cooking Odyssey, held in Boston, September 27 & 28.

August 8, 2014   From the CDC/NIOSH: Read the latest issue of TWH In Action

August 4, 2014   Wednesday, August 6, 3:30-5 p.m. EDT: Join Legacy for a free webinar about the Truth campaign encouraging youth to be the generation that ends smoking.

August 4, 2014  CDC Health Advisory: Guidelines for Evaluation of US Patients Suspected of Having Ebola Virus Disease



July 2014
July 29, 2014: Official CDC Health Advisory: Ebola Virus Disease Confirmed in a Traveler to Nigeria; Two U.S. Healthcare Workers in Liberia

July 28, 2014: Watch as the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, Office of National Drug Control Policy and White House Initiative for AAPIs commemorate World Hepatitis Day and recognize leaders in the field. View the live stream here on Wednesday, July 30, 12-2:30 p.m. EDT.

July 22, 2014: Has your company signed on to support National African American Hepatitis C Action Day on Friday, July 25, 2014? ow.ly/zsfIq 

July 21, 2014: Free live webinar, July 30: Acute Coronoary Syndrome: Safe Transition to Home...and Health

July 21, 2014: Registration is now open for the 1st International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health.

July 18, 2014: World Hepatitis Day is July 28. Learn more.

July 17, 2014: NIOSH is offering resources to help you obsere N95 Day on September 5. Learn more about this important recognition of respiratory protection awareness.

July 17, 2014: Study: Registered Nurses are delaying retiremen; contributing to larger workforce. Read more from Health Affairs.

July 17, 2014: A 2014 Hepatitis C Drug Guide is now available from Project Inform. A free webinar, "Scaling Up Risk-based Hepatitis C Screening in the U.S.," is scheduled for July 23, 2014.  
 
July 9, 2014: Free continuing education from the National Center for Emerging & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on July 17, 2-3pm EDT:  Love the Pets, Not the Germs: CDC Update on Enteric Zoonoses

July 2, 2014: Action Alert: Urge your Senators to co-sponsor the Viral Hepatitis Testing Act.

July 2, 2014: CDC offers two recorded Updates for Clinicians on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV): May 6 recording and May 28 recording with Interim Clinical Guidance. To receive updates from CDC’s Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA), sign up here. This will enable you to receive notices of future calls and learn about previously recorded calls on illnesses such as Measles, Chikungunya, Tickborne Diseases, Malaria and more.


June 2014

June 30, 2014: Two Upcoming Hepatitis C Webinars from The AIDS Institute: Deconstructing HCV Treatment (July 9) and Coverage of Hepatitis C Testing Under the Affordable Care Act (July 10)  

June 23, 3014: CDC Clinicial Outreach and Communication Activity Update - June 16 edition

June 18, 2014: If you missed the live broadcast June 11, now you can watch the webcast of the Warner Lecture series. Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, spoke one-on-one with Legacy President and CEO Robin Koval about the Center's vision for the regulation of tobacco products to help reduce the death and disease toll caused by tobacco use.


June 18, 2014   AAOHN Careers Committee releases poster and summary of the changing role of occupational health nurses. Learn more.

June 13, 2014   Free webinar - June 19: Healthy Swimming: Prevent and Treat Infections Caused by Brain-Eating Amebas and Chlorine-Tolerant Parasites 

June 9, 2014   On June 11, Legacy will host the second in a series of thought leader discussions delving deeper into the findings and recommendations from the Surgeon General’s 50th Anniversary Report on the Health Consequences of Smoking. Learn more.

June 9, 2014   Wednesday, June 11 at 3 p.m. ET - The Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation and Project Inform will facilitate a call to learn about issues affecting patient access to hepatitis C medication throughout the country. Call in: 303-248-0285 passcode: 5807301 

June 2, 2014   CDC Health Advisory - Guidance to US Clinicians re: New WHO Polio vaccination requirements for Travel by Residents of and Long-term Visitors to Countries with Active Polio Tansmission

May 2014
May 30, 2014   On May 27, 2014, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its final recommendations on hepatitis B screening of non-pregnant adolescents and adults.

May 12, 2014   A Congressional Viral Hepatitis Screening and Reception will be held at the U.S. Capitol May 19, 2014, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cannon Caucus, Cannon House Office Building. Please call or write your U.S. House Representative and two U.S. Senators this week and ask them to attend. You can learn more about the event here. If you need help contacting your Members of Congress, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

May 12, 2014   Call for 2015 Conference Abstracts! Abstracts Submissions for the 2015 National Conference are open. The deadline for submissions has been extended to June 14, 2014.



April 2014
April 21, 2014   Update: CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity - April 21, 2014 

April 21, 2014   News from the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable - April 2014 issue 

April 7, 2014   NIOSH Science Blog: Do we need to challenge respirator filters with biological aerosols? NIOSH is seeking information and comments to assess whether NIOSH should consider additional filter test methods to enhance existing requirements. Are there any important developments in aerosol science or key scientific data that would better inform NIOSH on the filtration of biological aerosols?  This request for information was published in a Federal Register Notice on March 14, 2014.  Comments may be submitted directly to NIOSH Docket #272 through regulations.gov. Deadline for comments is April 14.

April 1, 2014   Approval for your CNE Activity: Are you interested in submitting a CNE activity approval application, but would like some guidance on completing it? Learn about our new writable application form. Attend a live, instructional webinar Tuesday, April 22, 3:00-4:00 p.m. CDT. Reserve your webinar seat now.

April 1, 2014   From the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable: Urge senators to sign appropriations letter:  

March 2014
March 31, 2014   From the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity: March 24, 2014 update 

March 24, 2014   Free Webinar - March 31: "Informatics Strategies & Tools to Link Nursing Care with Patient Outcomes in the Learning Health Care System"  Learn more.

March 24, 2014   Legacy will present a lecture/webcast March 31, "Up in Smoke: The Beginning of the End of Combustible Tobacco Products." Learn more.

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 2014

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 2014
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:

Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking & Health—50th Anniversary: 1964-2014

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 CliniciansJan. 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 Systems changes such as discussing alcohol intake with your health provider have been shown to reduce alcohol consumption by 25%.  

December 2013

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 2013

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
2013
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 2013
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 2013
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 2013


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
Learn more.

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.

July 1, 2013  The AAOHN Election Committee invites members to nominate a colleague or submit a self-nomination for this year’s ballot, which will consist of a Director from each region (Term: 2014-2017). Please take a moment to consider running for national office and/or nominate a colleague. Your help in this important process can make AAOHN an even stronger organization. The deadline to submit nominations is July 31, 2013, and candidate materials are due August 20, 2013. For more information, visit the
AAOHN website or contact Shelah Fletcher [mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ].


June 2013

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

May 2013

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.

April 2013

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