December 2022 NEWSLETTER

A Message From the Board

Dear AAOHN Member,

It is hard to believe that we have reached the final month of 2022. At the end of the year, I like to take time to reflect. We are still feeling the effects of the pandemic which did impact an in-person conference, but had a successful virtual conference, and launched our new website. We also released the Core Curriculum, and launched the COHN Review Course...not to mention offered countless continuing education opportunities, as well as shared resources.

As we look to a new year, I will provide you with a brief “to do” list for 2023 as you begin to organize your calendar:

  1. Continue to provide feedback on the website...including what works, what doesn’t work, and improvements you'd like to see.
  2. Apply for an AAOHN Award…showcase your work or your organization’s work. Applications are open until December 31, 2022.
  3. Support the AAOHN Foundation…We make it easy by including an option to donate when you renew your membership. The Foundation provides scholarship opportunities to our members.
  4. Speaking of membership renewal…give the gift of AAOHN Membership! Renew your status, or encourage your employer to become a corporate member to expand your member benefits and continuing education opportunities. You can renew now at
  5. Looking to volunteer and share your expertise? Let your AAOHN Board members know that you are interested…we are looking for members to assist with committee work, educational offerings, mentoring, and more.
  6. The AAOHN Board is revisiting important board governance areas…we are excited to roll out a new AAOHN Mission statement. “AAOHN elevates all occupational and environmental health professionals to advance accessible, person-centered, and equitable, high-quality health care for diverse communities through evidence-based practice, education, advocacy, research and leadership across a variety of point of care delivery settings.” More to come as we continue to evaluate and work towards new governance goals.
  7. March 2023: We'll be back in San Antonio for 2023 National Conference!

As the holidays near, take time to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with family and friends. We continue to see so much compassion fatigue, and fatigue in general. Let me leave you with a final thought for 2022:

"Here's to the bright New Year
And a fond farewell to the old;
Here's to the things that are yet to come
And to the memories that we hold."
- Anonymous

Wishing for a happy and safe holiday season for you and your family. See you next year in San Antonio!


AAOHN, President


From the AAOHN Foundation

Holiday Greetings AAOHN Members,

It's not too late to apply for the AAOHN Foundation's 2023 Scholarship and Academic Awards. To qualify, members must: meet a strict set of criteria, demonstrate a commitment to professional development, exhibit enthusiasm for making future contributions to the field of occupational and environmental health nursing, and undergo a competitive review process by experts within the field.

The funds for these scholarships and grants are made possible through the generosity of our AAOHN chapters, AAOHN members and partner sponsors. To learn more about the AAOHN Foundation and opportunities for support, visit the website.

The Foundation will be holding an awesome in person event at the 2023 AAOHN Conference on March 14 at the Alamo in San Antonio. Please add this event to your conference registration. We have also had a sneak peak at the 2023 conference pin and you will want to have it for your collection. 

Stay safe and be well. We look forward to seeing all of you in San Antonio in March 2023!

Douglas Hoffman MSN, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN
AAOHN Foundation Trustee 


Episode 6

Cannabinoids, Opiates, and Fentanyl - Oh My! What's New in Workplace Drug Testing

In the latest episode of the AAOHN podcast, host Jennylynn Balmer, MPA, BSN, RN, CSP, COHN-S, FAAOHN sits down with Dr. David Kuntz, PhD, F-ABFT, Executive Director of Analytical Toxicology at the Clinical Reference Laboratory for a deep dive into the history of laboratory drug testing and workplace drug testing processes.

Dr. Kuntz will explain that while drug testing regulations vary per state, overall the testing is standardized to involve a two-step process: screening and lab confirmation. Finally, gain insight on new designer drugs and the steps taken to develop testing to detect their presence.

Listen Now

Maintain Your Re-certification Status

It's time to download and save your CNE certificates and annual transcripts from the AAOHN Online Education Center each year to maintain records for re-certification.

To access the AAOHN Online Learning Center, follow these instructions:

  1. Start by selecting the "Online Education" section under the Education tab on the website
  2. Once in your learning account, open the "Recently Completed" tab
  3. Select the certificate for completed courses and download to your device
  4. First filter by year, then click on "Download Transcripts" to begin your downloads

We recommend all members download their transcripts to document the learner credits earned each year. If you encounter any issues or have questions, please contact AAOHN



Access the Free Respiratory Protection Program

Looking for extra opportunities to earn additional CNE credits? Access OSHA's Respiratory Protection Program in your AAOHN portal today! 

Explore interactive training modules and supplemental resources based on OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard, including recently updated information pertaining to COVID-19 exposures.

OSHA's Respiratory Program can be conducted online or in-person with your team, and provides resources for you to use when implementing and maintaining your organization's respiratory protection program. Learn to lead the implementation of these elements using a team approach.

Upon completion of the training and the course evaluation, you will be awarded a certificate to receive up to 5 CNE! 

Learn more

Call for Volunteers

AAOHN will be taking a look at its Awards program for 2024 and is looking for interested volunteers! Your role will help to evaluate AAOHN’s current awards, including the purpose, criteria and recognition for each award type.

If you’d like to participate on this Awards taskforce, please email by December 31, 2022. This taskforce will start work in the beginning of 2023. 

Cast Your Vote

Get Recognized For Your Efforts: Apply for a 2023 Award

Annually, AAOHN presents the following prestigious awards to members who have demonstrated excellence in occupational and environmental health. Take a moment to nominate yourself or a fellow AAOHN member who has gone above and beyond this year! Awards applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm CT on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

Learn more about the required materials, judging criteria and submission guidelines on the AAOHN website.

Questions? Contact or

How to Sign Up for Email Alerts for Workplace Health & Safety

Make sure you don’t miss the next issue of the Workplace Health & Safety Journal by signing up for e-alerts. 

  1. Visit the journal homepage to sign up for alerts:
  2. Scroll down the page to the Connect With Us box and select the Sign-Up button
  3. A pop-up will appear titled Add Email Alerts. Check the boxes for New Content and/or Announcements and then select Add Alerts
  4. For the remaining steps, please follow the below section that best describes your account status. Once complete you will begin to receive new content and new issue Email Alerts *SAGE account differs from your AAOHN member access info*
    1. If you already have a SAGE account:
      1. Sign in
      2. Once you sign in, you will be directed to the My Alerts section of your account
      3. You should see the journal title listed for the new content and announcements alerts you signed up for
    2. If you do not have a SAGE account:
      1. Select Register in the Register for a SAGE Journal Account box
      2. Fill out the requested information and click Submit
      3. You should see the journal title listed for the new content and announcements alerts you signed up for
  5. For full-text articles, please visit your AAOHN Member Portal > Resources > Workplace Health & Safety Journal > Access Workplace Health & Safety Online. To access articles in the Table of Contents, on the right-hand side of the screen, click on Current Issue

If you have any questions, please contact AAOHN at

Share the Benefits of AAOHN With Your Colleagues

There are several ways to save on AAOHN membership, including:
  • Corporate Membership: Available for organizations that employ occupational health nurses or those interested in occupational health nursing and have more than 10 current and/or potential members. 
  • Group Discounts: Offered to groups of new members only, or for current members who recruit two or more new members! A minimum of three individuals is required to qualify for the group discount.