A Message From the Board

As we begin a new year, it is hard not to look back and reflect on 2021, which presented us with both challenges and opportunities. For many of us, the first month of 2022, January, has also presented us with the same. During these times I am reminded of a quote I recently read; “You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.” – Hillary DePiano. The future offers us potential and opportunities yet to be discovered.
AAOHN is a professional association dedicated to advancing the health, safety, and productivity of domestic and global workforces by providing education, research, public policy, and practice resources for occupational and environmental health nurses. These professionals are the largest group of health care providers serving the worksite.
AAOHN is a source of potential for Occupational Health Nurses offering many opportunities.
First and foremost, the benefits and opportunities our membership in the organization offers are quite extensive and include:
  • Membership in local, state, and national chapters
  • Networking with your peers and fellow Occupational Health professionals. Trust me, you will build long-lasting relationships, and friendships, throughout the organization.
  • Discounts on AAOHN and Occupational Health Nursing materials.
  • A resource for your practice through the Ask It Forum composed of AAOHN Fellows, or the Open Discussion Forum.
  • Free resources to drive your education via live webinars; access to a digital library of critical practice and professional offerings; and free copies of AAOHN standards, competencies, and position statements.
  • Opportunities to advance your career through the AAOHN Career Center with job searches and recruiting.
  • Scholarships and grants are available through the AAOHN foundation for professional education and research.
  • Ability to assess and expand your core knowledge through the AAOHN’s Fundamental of Occupational Environmental Health Nursing: AAOHN Core Curriculum 4th Edition and online Core Curriculum Study Guide. Also, with the AAOHN Code of Ethics, a framework for decision-making and evaluation of nursing actions for occupational and environmental health nurses.
Don’t miss out on all the opportunities and benefits of belonging to AAOHN and all the benefits that come with it. Make sure your membership is up to date and renewed.
Deborah A. Waymack, BSN, RN, COHN/CM
AAOHN Board of Directors



Transitioning the National Conference to Virtual

The AAOHN Board of Directors recently met to review the latest health and safety guidelines, member, presenter and exhibitor feedback, and to discuss the 2022 National Conference scheduled for March 28-30 in Pittsburgh.
Given the current surge in COVID-19 cases, AAOHN made the difficult decision to transition the AAOHN National Conference to a fully virtual event to take place June 8-9, 2022. The safety of our members, as well as the workplace communities they serve, is our top priority, and the board believes this action is needed to protect the health of the occupational health nursing community.
We appreciate your understanding that this situation is one that is beyond everyone’s control. We look forward to welcoming you to the virtual conference this June!

Register for the Annual Business Meeting

The Annual Business Meeting will take place virtually on February 25 at 2:30 p.m. CT. The virtual format prior to the National Conference allows AAOHN to add more educational programming that increases contact hours, increases attendance for those members who are unable to attend the conference and offers the option to record the business meeting for download on-demand. 


From the AAOHN Foundation

Happy New Year! I hope you were able to enjoy moments of peace, love, and joy with your loved ones this holiday season.
The scholarship and grants applications are due today, Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
Please take a moment to visit the Foundation on the AAOHN website to view those that are currently available. Maybe you know an occupational health professional who has a great research subject in mind or would be a good fit for a scholarship. If so, encourage them to visit the site and apply!
Research Grants
Medique Products Research Grant (two $1,500 awards)
UPS OHN Research Grant (one $5,000 award)
Professional Development Scholarships
Annette Haag Leadership Scholarship (one $1,500 award)
Meditrax Professional Development Scholarship (two $1,300 awards)

Academic Education Scholarships

Liberty Mutual Insurance (two $2,500 awards)
UPS Foundation (six $2,500 awards)
Leadership Institute and Conference Scholarships
Meditrax Leadership Institute and Conference Scholarships (one $2,300 award)
Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) (two $3,000 awards)
I would like to encourage you to take a moment to imagine the upcoming year and how you would like to prepare yourself professionally to make the most of all opportunities that present themselves to you. Please consider applying for a scholarship or research grant and take that next step in your career path.
Cheers to you in 2022! I wish you good health and happiness in your life. Continue to push forward with steel in your resolve and kindness in your hearts. Your work is so important to our fellow citizens. Occupational health professionals have worked tirelessly to keep essential workers healthy and protected during these tumultuous times. Thank you for everything you do.
Most sincerely,
Shelaine Miller RN, COHN
Treasurer, AAOHN Foundation Board of Trustees


Mark Your Calendars for 2022 Live Webinars

Is your New Year’s resolution to pursue continuing education opportunities in 2022? Complete your goal by attending the AAOHN Workplace and Wellness Safety Webinar series. Live webinars are available to members for free, and available to non-members for $20 per webinar, if you know someone who might be interested but is not a member

February 21, 2022

Management of Bloodborne Pathogen Exposures: A Quality Improvement Project
Presented by Sarah Hewitt, FNP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN

May 12, 2022

Mitigating Health Risks with International Business Travel Consultations
Presented by Sally Davila, BSN, RN, CDE

June 16, 2022

Nurse Risk Management
Presented by Jennifer Flynn, BSN, RN, CDE

July 21, 2022

Workplace of the Future: Total Workplace Health
Presented by Shanna Dunbar, BSN, RN, COHN-S, CCM
View the 2022 schedule.


Do You Plan to Certify or Recertify in 2022?

AAOHN’s certification review course is designed as a study guide to prepare occupational health nurses for taking the American Board of Occupational Health Nursing (ABOHN) Certification exams: COHN or COHN-S. It also offers a comprehensive review of occupational health nursing for those that are new to the specialty or desire a content refresher.

The COHN/COHN-S Certification Review Course is offered entirely online and is self-paced to accommodate the learner’s needs.


Learn more.

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.

Update Your Information in the Membership Directory

The Membership Directory is a go-to resource for AAOHN members to connect with one another. Did you know that you can update what personal contact information is available to other members in the Membership Directory? View the instructions.
Make sure the information in your member profile is up-to-date and accurately reflects your job title, company, areas of interest and other relevant information. Update your AAOHN profile today!

New Members in December

Read the full new member list below to congratulate our new members.

Mackenzie Ann Clark
Chrissy Oliveri
William J Coens
Lenette Barth
Megha Patel
LaShayla C Yates
Paula M Desroches
Alicia Hensler
Kimberly J Lake
Aimee Gervasi
Tonya Lynn Ott
Lisa M Peterson
Mary Vosburgh
Pamela E Long
Krista Powers
Kristi Sonnier
Cynthia Lynn Mackin
Alicia Richards
Katey Perry
Allison Dayton
Theresa Marie Carlson
Bridget Sullivan
Anne Borden
Annette Matthews
Dave Thomas
Karen Sue Rhea
Joy M Horner
Jill McIntyre
Crystal LeAnn Howard
Mary Kotke
Jessica Heim
Ashtyn Corriher
Kathryn Ham
Kelly M. Larimore
Caron Cross
Jennifer E Garay
Kelsie Bazarnik
Louise Acosta
Rebecca Baker
Lydia Eads
Amanda Sebastian
Corisa McCloud
Chelsea Chapman
Carol Hunter-Knizek
Samantha Esposito
Miranda Gainey
Shannon Marie Owen
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Jim Rogers
Janet A Krueger
Tigist Zewde
Daphne Michele Smith
Timothy Allen Davidson
Denise Dill
Steeleyjo Rusch
Lisa R. Marschall
Issac Kanard Hawkins
Michelle Crumby
Melody Bainter
Lori D. Burke