November 2022 NEWSLETTER



From the AAOHN Foundation

As we enter the holiday season, I hope each of you take the time to enjoy time with family and reflect on the past year. 

Earlier this year, I attended Nurses Night at the Legislature which was an impressive opportunity to speak one-on-one with legislators and educate them on the key role of the Occupational Health Nurses. The conversation reminded me that some lack a full understanding of the vital role Occupational Health Nurses play in ensuring a healthy and safe workforce. Our efforts to create a healthy, productive workforce adds value to our economy. I challenge each of you to ensure that the leadership within your company, as well as the general public, understands the importance of your role. 

As we think about keeping Occupational Health Nurses at the forefront, I would like to remind you of ways to support the AAOHN Foundation. If you are an AAOHN Fellow, we request your consideration in joining The Fellows Leadership Circle

Anyone can make a tax-deductible donation at any time by accessing our on-demand process here.

Now, we're introducing an additional option to support the AAOHN Foundation. The enclosed link is to a toolkit with a letter that can be shared with your company and other contacts as well as pre-written social media posts. We invite you to use these tools to seek sponsors for fundraising, donations, or support of our AAOHN Foundation event at our upcoming conference.

Have an awesome holiday season!



Vice Chair AAOHN Foundation 


Episode 5

A Closer Look into OSHA’s Office of Occupational Medicine and Nursing

We sit down with OHN, Melanie Hayes, DNP, APRN, FNP-C to discuss her current role at OSHA and past roles with the Department of Navy.

Melanie first gained experience with occupational health in her nursing role at the Department of Navy. From this experience, she prioritized advancing her education in occupational health nursing and was fortunate to have found a grant specific to occupational nursing at an ERC DNP program to accomplish this goal. She started at the OOMN as a Graduate Nurse Intern after pitching her DNP project on Hearing Protection Device fit testing implementation into an OHN clinic and later filled a nursing vacancy within the department. The nursing staff at the OOMN works on issues such as the bloodborne pathogen standard, respiratory protection standard, workplace violence issues and currently the preparation for regulatory heat standard rules. In addition, as the first Advanced Practice Nurse in the office of OOMN, Melanie also works on the more complex cases such as the enforcement consultation cases for medical issues and gives us insight into the work of organization.

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2022-2023 Executive Board & Election Committee Elections

The 2023 AAOHN Executive Board & Elections Committee Elections are now open! Before casting your vote, make sure to review the election information and candidate statements. Make your selections by Friday, December 9.

Voting is an exclusive AAOHN member benefit. All AAOHN members are eligible to vote, with the exception of affiliate and international members. Only one (1) vote is allowed per member.

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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 15, 2022. This taskforce will start work in the beginning of 2023. 


Take Your Clinical Physical Assessment Skills to a New Level

Register for this University of Michigan Virtual Course

Join AAOHN and the University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering for an interactive virtual course focused on assessing the physical health status of individuals in occupational health setting. This course will benefit those caring for employees from corporate clinics to onsite clinics with manufacturing, construction, transportation or agricultural settings.

Topics will include the skin, head, ears, eyes, nose, throat, respiratory, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and neurological systems. Information related to collecting a medical history, documenting findings and adherence to HIPAA regulations will also be included. All attendees will earn an estimated 18.75 CNE credits.

Dates: October 14-December 31, 2022

Course Format:

  • Virtual hybrid course 
  • Asynchronous lectures released weekly for three weeks 
  • Weekly “Discussion with the Instructor” sessions via Zoom 
  • Recorded lectures and notes will be available until December 31, 2021 

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

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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! 

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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, December 31, 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.

Have You Seen Our New Look?

We made some changes to our website, including a refreshed member center to make your website navigating easier.

Before accessing the new member center, you will need to update your profile. Follow these instructions to get started: 

  1. Click here to begin the first-time login process 
  2. Enter your email address in the Username field to receive a confirmation code in your inbox
  3. Enter the confirmation code from the email to set your new password 
  4. You will then be logged into the new MyAAOHN member website 
  5. To visit your profile, use the top right icon and click "my profile" where you can update your information using the pencil icon under "my info"

If you encounter any issues or have questions, please contact AAOHN