A Message From the Board

Happy spring! Hard to believe that we are ready for April. AAOHN has been busy and I am excited to share some of this season’s highlights with you!

Occupational Health Nurses Week  

April 3-9, 2022
OHN Week is a national observance to recognize and celebrate YOU as members of the occupational and environmental health nursing profession. The week also commemorates the inception of the first and largest professional association for occupational and environmental health nurses. Begun in 1942, with 300 nurses from 16 states, the organization today has 70 chapters and over 4,000 members dedicated to advancing the health, safety, and productivity of domestic and global workforces by providing education, research, public policy, and practice resources for occupational health nurses. While most people understand the function of a nurse in a clinical setting, not everyone is aware that there are thousands of OHNs who work in promoting and protecting the health of workers in the U.S. and around the globe. Share your stories and have your employer highlight the work that you do! Share your celebrations with us on social media by using the hashtag #OHNWeek.

Annual Business Meeting

We had over 50 attendees for February’s Annual Business Meeting. In addition to reviewing AAOHN’s exciting accomplishments in 2021 and sharing organizational updates, it was great to connect with everyone who attended and asked questions. A recording of the Annual Business Meeting is available on the AAOHN website, for those of you who were unable to join us live.

2022 AAOHN National Conference Virtual Event

Registration for the 2022 AAOHN National Conference Virtual Event is open, and we hope you will be able to join us in June! For more information on registration, visit the AAOHN National Conference webpage. Check out the Advance Program to view the wide variety of speakers and sessions that will be offered during the two-day live Virtual Event. We are offering the most relevant education designed to help you transform the future of occupational health–all while earning continuing education credits! We will have virtual posters, excellent education and an interactive virtual event platform. We can’t wait to “see” you there!

AAOHN Core Curriculum

Fundamentals of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing: AAOHN Core Curriculum - 5th Edition will be released in the coming months and is available now for preorder. The 5th edition updates and expands common core knowledge in OHN practice. New underlying concepts throughout the book incorporate evidence-based practice and a global perspective. This is a vital resource for beginning and experienced OHNs, OHNs studying for certification, and professional colleagues. A personal thank you to all involved in making this text an outstanding resource for occupational health providers worldwide!

Occupational Health Nursing Pulse: The AAOHN Podcast

Have you heard? We’re Talking About Certification With ABOHN, the first episode of Occupational Health Nursing Pulse: The AAOHN Podcast is now available for listening. Subscribe to our podcast and stay up-to-date with each bi-monthly episode release.

I hope that you all take some time to celebrate this month and I look forward to “seeing” all of you at the virtual conference in June!



AAOHN President


Advance Program and Schedule Now Available

Curious about what to expect for the 2022 AAOHN National Conference Virtual Event? The schedule of sessions covers a wide breadth of timely topics to meet the continuing education needs of all attendees. View the Advance Program and Schedule now and plan your experience.

The Virtual Event brings you the opportunity to earn up to 35.5 CNE while attending an immersive education experience that will empower you to be a valued business leader that focuses on the health and safety of employees to impact the bottom line.

Register now.


From the AAOHN Foundation

AAOHN Members,

Spring is a favorite time of the year and is characterized by growth and renewal. Many look forward to gardens growing and flowers blossoming. It’s no secret that upfront work is often required to reap the rewards of spring. This concept closely aligns with the AAOHN Foundation’s purpose: To ensure that occupational and environmental health professionals find the critical current and future answers they need, the AAOHN Foundation funds professional development scholarships and research grants that focus on improving the health and safety of the nation's workforce.”

Funding scholarships and research grants help cultivate the knowledge to keep our profession ready and relevant. As we work to fulfill the AAOHN Foundation’s purpose, we are dependent on the charitable contributions of individuals and organizations. Please take time to learn how easy it is to support the purpose.

We are very grateful for the support of our sponsors: Ann Haag, Meditrax, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Medique Products, UPS Foundation, North Carolina Tarheel AAOHN Chapter, and SV Maryland AAOHN Chapter. Please take note of their generosity to support our 2022 Grants and Scholarships. We are very pleased with the number of applicants received. Please keep a watchful eye on our Grants and Scholarship page for more funding opportunities. 

We are pleased to let announce the availability of the 2022 Foundation pin sponsored by the Pennsylvania AAOHN Chapter. Check it out on the Foundation page!  If you’d like to order for your chapter or company, bundle pricing is available. 

We call on our AAOHN Fellows to promote the Grants and Scholarships offerings. As you are mentors to many OHN, you are ideal to bring their attention to our Foundation. Additionally, your annual giving to the Fellow Leadership Circle builds on our ability to provide the Foundation Grants and Scholarship to our members. 

There is no doubt that COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on all of us. Business leaders are feeling pressure to return to normal. Occupational Health Nurses continue to be at the forefront in helping navigate the challenges of COVID by providing evidence-based guidance driven by science. Some of us have become fatigued by the length of the pandemic. Please take time to renew and care for your physical and mental health.
Occupational Health Nurses are heroes on the front line. Thanks for all you do!

All the best,


Ralph Brown, RN, COHN-S, CCM, FAAOHN

Foundation Vice-Chair

Chapter Corner

Mark your calendars for these chapter events for the opportunity to earn CNE or meet other occupational health nurses in person.

Oregon Chapter Event - Total Worker Health® 101: The Basics

Wednesday, April 13 at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST
Oregon State Association of Occupational Health Nurses is sponsoring the three-hour, virtual Total Worker Health basic class. This no-cost, virtual class is presented by the Oregon Total Worker Health® Alliance and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, a NIOSH Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health. 

Total Worker Health ® is defined by NIOSH as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with the promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.


Oregon State AOHN will offer 3 Contact hours for $30 upon request following completion of the class. CNE cost is waived for Oregon State AOHN members during 2022.


Southern California Association of Occupational Health Nurses April Conference

Wednesday, April 8 at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST

The Southern California Association of Occupational Health Nurses has scheduled a one-day in-person conference at Grand Long Beach. This conference will benefit Occupational Health Nurses, Case Managers, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Environmental Health and Safety Professionals



Save the Dates For Upcoming Live Webinars

April 28, 2022

Managing a Business with a Dwindling Workforce Due to COVID-19: How a Rural Healthcare Facility Coped
Presented by Bill Thomack, BSN, RN, COHN-S

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?

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.

If you've been eyeing this course but have been waiting to purchase you're in luck.

Use code "CERTNURSE" at checkout for 10% off this course. But don't wait much longer, this code expires after Saturday, March 26.

Register For the Occupational Health Nursing Update Course

Join AAOHN and the University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering online May 11 through August 31, for the Occupational Health Nursing Updates Course. We’ve added more content to the course so you can earn even more CNE; earn up to 17 CNE upon course completion!

This interactive virtual course focuses on the assessment, intervention and evaluation of common problems encountered in the work setting. For additional information or questions regarding the course, visit the course website or contact the University of Michigan at


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.

New Members in February

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

Alison Burns
Alissa Marie Titcomb
Allison Roenker Jones
Amanda Carter
Amanda Ireland
Andrew Davis
Angela Maria Pratt
Angellia Nelson
Ann Sarkes
Ashley Cohrs
Ashley Dianne Calvert
Bob Hencinski
Carrie Milam
Cathee Reed
Catherine Weigle
Cathy Agostino
Chelsey Anna Busken
Cheryl Ann Akers
Christina Joseph
Dana Bourland
Danette Mason
Dawn M. Janz
Dawn Marie Compton
Devin Shuck
Dianne M. Carlson
Donald Nannemanr
Dora Coronado
Elisabeth Velazquez
Erin Owens
Evelyn C. Evans
Flor Maria Rolon
Gail Tinitia Lyon
Gaynell Taylor
Grace Oluyemi Akintunde
Gretchen L. Irwin
Hannah Kidd
Hayley J. Willetts
Heidi Forrest-Barela
Helen C. Sullivan
Irene Edge
James Keith Mullins
Jasmine Riel
Jessica Waninger
Jhasmine Hall
Jill Chasse
Jim Murphy
Jodi Simon
Jordan Coe
Joshua O'Floinn
Judith Nielsen
Karen Kramer
Karen Williams
Katherine Peters
Kelli Jo Young
Kimberly L. Balamuta
Kimberly Richardson
Kristen Short
Kristina Maura Wilson
Laura Moreno
Leah Clark
Leah Schneider
Lisa Wilson
Lucy Pantoskey
Mai Lor
Marisa Curiel Garcia
Marsha D. Brown
Mary Jean Dunning
Maya Timbs
Meaghan Halstead
Melissa Marie Anderson
Natalie Laplante
Natasha Kelty
Nnabuike Nwanonenyi
Rachel Cast
Raquel Reyes
Rochelle Graves
Ruth S. Aguirre
Ruth Turman
Ryan Blee
Samantha Jiudice
Sandra Higgins
Shalonda Felesa Patterson
Shannon Culp
Shannon M. Wood
Shari Castle
Stephanie Manning
Stephanie Kennedy
Stephanie Powell
Susan C. Dalpini
Sylvia Nogueira
Tami Jo Stapleton
Taylor O’Malley
Theresa Lombardo
Tiancai Lin
Tiffany Carrillo
Tiffany Thames
Tina Beierly
Tracy J. Lytton
Treniece Thompson
Trinity Defibaugh
Wendy Edwards