A Message From the Board

Greetings AAOHN members and friends,

It’s summer! Time for fun, family, and friends! I hope you all take advantage of the opportunity to slow down and refresh your body, mind, and soul. The Board of Directors took time to gather this past weekend, get better acquainted, and work on the strategic plan. AAOHN will continue to be a vital, dynamic organization for years to come with strong Occupational Health Nurse leaders.

AAOHN has exciting education opportunities and information available:

I think we sometimes get caught up in the day-to-day and forget about the great resources available to us as members. Have you taken time to look at the AAOHN website lately? There are great resources available including general information about AAOHN, chapter contact information, membership benefits, the Ask It Forum and practice resources, and much more! It’s wonderful to have a singular source for all things Occupational Health Nursing.

Please take care of yourself and each other: rest, relax and recharge so you can continue to provide care for your workers.

Best regards,

Jill M. Simons, MPH, RN, COHN-S


Time is Running Out...Register Now!

This year's National Conference Virtual Event kicks off next week! It's not too late — register now and join us online Wednesday, June 8 and Thursday, June 9.

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Need help building a business case to attend the conference? Download our customizable justification letter for an email template, budget plan, and talking points.

Start planning your 2022 National Conference experience by viewing the session descriptions and schedule on our website. Take your planning one step further by downloading the session roadmaps— itineraries customized by interest area.

Some of our speakers couldn't wait until the conference to introduce themselves and their sessions. Watch their introductions and session preview videos now.

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Join us tomorrow for a National Conference Virtual Event 101 session on June 1 to get a sneak peek of the virtual event platform before you register. There will be a full conference schedule available in the platform shortly for attendees to download and print.

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From the AAOHN Foundation

Happy May to all AAOHN Members!

The Foundation is proud to announce the 2022 Scholarship and Academic Awards recipients, chosen to continue their professional development in support of the mission of the AAOHN Foundation. The funds are made possible by our generous sponsors, AAOHN chapters and AAOHN members who have contributed to make these awards available. A special thank you to our 2022 AAOHN Foundation Sponsors: Annette Haag and Associates, MediTrax, Medique Products, UPS Foundation, and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for their generous support.

The 2022 Scholarship and Grant Recipients are...

Annette Haag Scholarship

  • Phyllis E. Cicchetti, RN BSN COHN-S

Liberty Mutual Academic Scholarship

  • Sungwon Park, PhD candidate, MSN, RN
  • Melveen JL Camba, RN, BSN, APHN

Medique Products Research Grant

  • Ashley Edgerly, RN BSN
  • Dania M. Abu-Alhaija, PhD, RN

MediTrax Scholarship/AAOHN Leadership Institute

  • Romy A. Pinkovsky, RN, BSN, COHN-S/CM
  • Donna Zankowski MPH RN COHN FAAOHN
  • Chrissie Chirico RN BSN OHN

North Carolina Tar Heel Kay Campbell Scholarship

  • Marisol Rodriguez, MPH, BSN, RN, COHN-S
  • Megan Gilchrist, BSN, RN
  • Lori A. Jones RN COHN
  • Melissa San Pedro BSN, RN

UPS Foundation Research Grant

  • Dawn Mopkins, MPH, MSN, RN, COHN-S
  • Erin Ruiz, MSN, A-GNP-C Fall 2021
  • Beverly M. Hittle, PhD, RN Fall 2021

UPS Foundation Academic Scholarship

  • Kristin D. Ashley, MSN, RN, CNE
  • Steven Armstrong MSN-Ed., RN-BC, CEN, CFRN
  • Martina L Robinson RN, BSN, COHN-S

In our efforts to fundraise for these grant and scholarship offerings, please check out the new 2022 AAOHN Foundation pins! Cost is $15 for one pin, two for $25, or three for $40. 2020, 2021, and 2022 pins are available for purchase here. Thank you to PAAOHN for designing and sponsoring the 2022 pins!

Please join us virtually at the AAOHN National Conference Virtual Event, Wednesday, June 8 for a special wellness session sponsored by the Foundation!

This is my last message to all of you as your AAOHN Foundation Chair. It has been my pleasure to to serve you and the Foundation. I appreciate all the support from the AAOHN Members, our Foundation Board of Trustees and the two Foundation Executive Directors that I have served with, Kay Campbell and Catherine Pepler. I am handing over the chair position to Stephanie Weinsier who will provide great leadership to the Foundation!

I encourage you to continue to support this valuable organization through your donations and supporting future Foundation fundraisers. A very sincere thanks for your dedication to our profession!

Warmest regards,

Jeannie Tomlinson, MSN, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, FAAN

Past AAOHN Foundation Chair

AAOHN Joins in Letters to House and Senate to Increase OSHA and NIOSH Funding

AAOHN joined the National Safety Council and other occupational health and safety groups in letters to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate supporting an increase in funding to OSHA and NIOSH to support our shared missions of protecting the safety and health of workers. Read the letter to the House of Representatives and the letter to the Senate

Premise Health


New COHN/COHN-S Certification Practice Test

Prepare for the COHN/COHN-S certification exam while earning 5 CNE with the new AAOHN COHN/COHN-S Certification Practice Test.

With over 400 practice test questions, the COHN/COHN-S Certification Practice Test is a go-to study guide. The practice test bank follows the 2020 American Board of Occupation Health Nurses (ABOHN) exam content and will become your blueprint for certification success.

Learn more

Join Us For COHN/COHN-S Prep In-Person

This fall, the AAOHN COHN/COHN-S in-person review course returns! Join us in Chicago, September 14-15, for a two-day COHN/COHN-S workshop. This hands-on workshop will cover the major components of occupational health nursing and help prepare you for the ABOHN certification exam.


Respiratory Protection Program for the Program Administrator

Respiratory protection is one of OSHA’s top 10 serious violations. If you are responsible for leading, or a member of, your organization’s Respiratory Protection Program, than this free updated training is for you! This training provides not only instruction about the required program elements, but also trains on how to lead the implementation of these elements using a team approach.

This free four-hour, self-paced online course includes a combination of interactive training modules and supplemental respiratory protection resources based on OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard, including recently updated information pertaining to COVID-19 exposures. Earn up to 5 CNEs upon completion.

Learn more

Now Shipping the AAOHN Core Curriculum 5th Edition


AAOHN is excited to announce Fundamentals of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing: AAOHN Core Curriculum 5th Edition is available for purchase. Members receive a discounted price of $225; non-members can order for $275.

New and experienced occupational health nurses will find the AAOHN Core Curriculum an essential resource. This valuable text provides a comprehensive overview of the OHN practice, edition updates, and expands common core knowledge. Whether you are studying for a certification exam, brushing up on updates in the practice, or new to the occupational health nursing specialty, this resource has something for you.

Purchase Your Copy


Register for June's Live Webinar

Presented by Jennifer Flynn, BSN, RN, CDE
Thursday, June 16, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Central Time
Learning objectives:
  • List the leading allegations made against nurses in malpractice lawsuits.
  • Define the average incurred expense for nurses in malpractice lawsuits.
  • Identify key risk management tools nurses can incorporate into their practice. 

Learn more


Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Live Webinars

Grow your knowledge and earn free CNE 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.

June 16, 2022

Using Malpractice Claims Data to Identify Risks in Nursing Practice
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

August 25, 2022

Common Work-Related Injuries of the Upper Extremities
Presented by Stephanie Hammond, DNP, CRNP, COHN-S

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 April

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

Christina Acosta
Jeanne Ahlers
Jasmine Allgood
Ali Anderson
Russ Andrus
Ronni Ayala
Kimberli Ayers
Leonora Balsamo
Terri Banduch
Joseph Bertulfo
Rebecca Biringer
Courtney Bumpers
Erin Butler
Ginny Caudle
Leana Chan
Janelle Chevalier
Bridget Chisholm
Kathryn Cnossen
Charmaine Cooper
Stephanie Cranfield
Gretchen Crouch
Amy Donlon
Denise Dunlaevy
Patrice Ewell
Jessica Flanscha
Deborah Foutz
Tauna Gilder
Lindsey High
Ann Humphrey
Crystaline Hutton
Alicia Johnston
Dan Kennedy
Hamida Khanmohammed
Bobbie Laber
Sandra Lancaster
Brandi Larsen
Cindy Lewis
Leslie Lewis
Sandy Maasdam
Geri Martin
Lucy Martin
Eulalah Martin
Tonya McAtee
Suzanna Mende-Nasrallah
Marcus Mendoza
Ashton Mikami
Donna Morris
Jeremia Mueller
Amy Oakley
Aisha Otis
Stacey Passalacqua
Jane Penkava
Christine Popovich
Shannon Prentice
Cheryl Pritchett
Karlyn Raddatz
Jahiera Ramos
Wendy Ramsey
Jeana Reinhardt
Michele Roebuck
Patricia Rojas
Taryn Roselli
Lisa Sampier
Sandy Schmitz
Brittani Seagren
Samantha Seright
Paul Servais
Tracie Shafer
Anabelle Sison
Natalie Smith
Lucretia Spearman
Alexander Stein
Bonnie Story
Tracy Swanick
Amber Swanson
Kathryn Vargo
Abbie Vaughan
Joni Velo
Sabrina Villanueva
Chrystle Walpole
Elaine Whyte
Janet Yamano
Grace Yee