January 2023 NEWSLETTER

A Message From the Board

Welcome to 2023!

Here we are, 2023. So much has changed in our personal and work lives over the past three years. As we begin a new chapter, it is a time for new commitments and for looking forward to new and exciting opportunities.

As we start a new year, what a great time to encourage our colleagues to join our organization. AAOHN has so many benefits to membership.

  • Access to our Workplace Health and Safety journal
  • Access to continuing education
  • Opportunity to purchase first class professional study guides and products
  • Access to occupational health nurses across the country for networking and collaboration

AAOHN's 2023 National Conference will be held March 13 - 15 in San Antonio, Texas. This will be the first time since Jacksonville in 2019 that we will be together in person. Please don’t miss this opportunity to come together with occupational health professionals from across the country. Learn what others in the field are doing in their workplaces. Attend many continuing education presentations by experts in the field. Early registration ends January 27, 2023. For more information, visit the 2023 National Conference homepage. We look forward to seeing you there.

As we move forward into the future, consider becoming involved at your local or national level. There are many opportunities to volunteer on committees or run for office. This is an exciting time as we face many new opportunities and challenges that were not thought possible three years ago. Your Board is here to serve you and we look forward to working together as we strive to increase our occupational health footprint into the future.

Bill Thomack, BSN, RN, COHN-S

Director Mountain Western Region


From the AAOHN Foundation

Cheers to 2023! I hope you enjoyed making memories with your loved ones during the holiday season and also had the opportunity to relax and recharge. As recession talks remain active, many companies are choosing to make budget cuts in anticipation of what may lie ahead. Do you require some assistance to make a business case to attend the AAOHN conference? You can access the justification toolkit here.

Not only do I hope you get to attend the 2023 AAOHN Conference but I encourage you to also make plans to join us for the Foundation’s Fundraising event at The Alamo. You can do so while registering here. We will have the opportunity to retrace the footsteps of the past with a self-guided tour of the Alamo. Enjoy the entertainment of local mariachis while mingling and playing Texas-themed games with fellow occupational health friends and colleagues prior to the serving of a delicious BBQ dinner catered by local legend Don Strange. Dr. Seema Khosla will share her expertise in sleep medicine with an update on advances in sleep medicine and technology. It’s going to an event to remember! We will also continue the tradition of selling conference pins while in San Antonio.

As budgets tighten it is imperative that occupational health professionals utilize the Foundation’s grants and scholarships to assist in furthering their research and education goals and aspirations. Please take a moment to look at the scholarship and grants that are currently available through the Foundation on the AAOHN website. Applications deadline is January 27, 2023.

The Foundation is committed to meeting the challenges that 2023 is posed to bring. We will be focusing on our fundraising efforts and growing out our social media presence. We remain steadfast to the Foundation’s purpose: acting as both a vital source of funds and a stimulus for substantive work to solve today's worker health and safety issues. We do so with the support of our many benefactors. To our Fellows Circle, please take a moment and donate to the Foundation. Your donations are essential and a wonderful way to pay it forward to the occupational health professionals following the paths you have been blazing. While we call on our Fellows Circle for donations, you need not be one to donate. Please consider doing so today!

Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2023! Cheers to another year of conquering challenges. Thank you once again for your tireless efforts. I look forward to meeting many of you in person at the AAOHN National Conference in March.

Most Sincerely,

Shelaine Miller, RN, COHN

Foundation Board of Trustees, Treasurer


Episode 7

Workplace Violence: Active Shooter Situations

In workplace settings, active shooter incidents are unpredictable and not entirely preventable, but there are steps to take to increase awareness and develop action plans. In the latest episode of the AAOHN podcast, host Jennylynn Balmer, MPA, BSN, RN, CSP, COHN-S, FAAOHN sits down with Georgia Reiner, MS, CPHRM, a risk anaylist with Aon/Affinity in their Healthcare division.

In her role with Nurses Service Organization, Georgia educates nursing professionals on risk safety in their practices. Tune in for tips as a nursing professional on how to detect signs of threatening behaviors and steps to act quickly to protect themselves and others.

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AAOHN 2023 National Conference: Get Certified on the Riverwalk

Arrive in San Antonio early to participate in the COHN/COHN-S Review Course. Led by an occupational health nursing expert, this interactive workshop will follow the ABOHN exam blueprint — covering a wide range of topics from direct care, research, environmental relationships, industrial hygiene, and so much more!

If you're preparing for the ABOHN exam, or just curious to explore the occupational health nursing field, consider adding this workshop during the Conference registration process.

Learn More

AAOHN Annual Business Meeting

Mark your calendar to join the AAOHN Board of Directors for the 2023 Annual Business Meeting! During this virtual meeting, AAOHN leaders will review our 2022 accomplishments and the financial health of the organization, and inaugurate the incoming Board of Directors. AAOHN members will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A portion.

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023

Time: 1:00-2:00 pm CT

Details and registration information coming soon.

AAOHN_782388-21_COHN_RC_Graphics_1024x150.jpgApplications Open: OSHA Graduate Nursing Internship

OSHA is now accepting applications for their Summer Graduate Nurse Internship in the Office of Occupational Medicine and Nursing. Designed for registered nurses pursuing a graduate degree, the program is a blend of current OSHA projects and academic advancement into a practical occupational safety and health experience.

This internship program is a unique opportunity for occupational health nurses to gain experience at the national level and become worker advocates with direct, hands-on knowledge of OSHA’s mission.

Questions about this program? Email Dr. Virginia Weaver.

Learn More

Register for the 2023 University of Michigan Virtual Course 

This May, AAOHN and the University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering will team up to deliver a virtual course on assessment, intervention and evaluation of common problems encountered in the work setting. This course will benefit occupational health nurses or other clinicians who provide direct health care services for workers. 

Topics will include chest pain, respiratory ailments, head injuries, penetration/foreign body injuries, musculoskeletal strains and more. The program will also include introductory ergonomics principles helping occupational health nurses identify risk factors of musculoskeletal disorders and recommend workplace changes. Plus, attendees will earn an estimated 17 CNE credits.

Dates: May 10 - August 31, 2023

For additional information or questions regarding the course, visit the course website  or contact the University of Michigan at

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.