What's new on the MaAOHN website
Here is what has been recently added to the website:
President's Message page: Spring has finally come to Massachusetts! It was a long winter and your Board of Directors has continued to work diligently on your behalf. ... More (May 2014)
Members Resources page: Info on Environmental Public Health Tracking 101 online course (Jan 2014)
Members Resources page: Info on QuitWorks Program (Jan 2014)
Legislative Affairs page - Two new advisories from the Board of Registration in Nursing. Revised Advisory Ruling 9401: Nursing Practice Related to Medication Administration and Revised Advisory Ruling 9101: Procedural Sedation and/or Mild to Moderate Sedation/Analgesia (Sep 2013)
Awards & Grants
New forms have been posted for 2014 MaAOHN awards. We encourage everyone to think of nominating a co-worker or an occupational health nurse they know that exhibits the qualities outlined in the criteria. What a wonderful way to honor a mentor or a nurse you admire. Here are the links to the Awards Policy and Nomination Form. The application deadline is June 1.
Also posted is the application form for NEAOHN grants. Take advantage of money available for a project you have always wanted to do or have already completed by applying for the NEAOHN grant. The form can be found here. The deadline for the Fall Conference is June 1.
2014 F.A.M.E. Awards
MaAOHN is proud to announce our 2014 F.A.M.E. Awardees Thank you to these members for their dedication to our chapter.
Fun - Joan Balkus
Appreciation - Debbie Hoberman
Membership - Lori Adams
Energy and Enthusiasm - Joyce Fleming
2014 F.A.M.E Award - Nancy Clover
A recent email from Pam Carter - President of AAOHN
A recent email from Pam Carter - President of AAOHN to MaAOHN President Gail Carchietta:
"WOW! I was just reading your message (Nov 2013) to the MaAOHN membership and was amazed at all of the activities going on. It is these types of activities that the entire AAOHN membership needs to know are happening." ...... your board of Directors continues to work hard at making MaAOHN current, resourceful and strong. As the New Year approaches please consider becoming more involved... just one task is all it takes. Reach out to your local or state board members !
2013 MaAOHN/NECOEM Conference Wrap Up
Thank you and Congratulations to our MaAOHN members for their participation December 4 and 5th, 2013, at the Newton Marriott. Presenting for the First Time: Sandy Reno RN, BSN, COHN-S with Dr. Tom Winters - "Occupational Health Issues in Biological Labs".
Poster Presentations: Michael Dolliver, RN, MHA – Central Mass, -"Mental Illness in the Work Place: The Role of the Occupational Health Profession in the Application of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Mary Gregoire, RN, BSN, CHC - Greater Boston - "Decreasing Repetitive Strain Injury though an Early Symptom Management Program." Susan Katz Sliski DNP, RN, CCM– North of Boston - "Exploring First Line Nurse Managers Experiences with Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Staff Nurses"; and Cathy Loiselle, RN, MSN, COHN-S – Greater Boston. "CLIA Waived Compliance Testing: The Challenge for Occupational Health Clinics.
Thank you to the 2013 Planning Committee: Penny Allison-Clark, RN, BSN, COHN-S/CCM; Nancy Clover, RN, COHN, FAAOHN; Barbara Haswell RN, COHN, MB; Richard Haugen, RN; Margaret E O'Connor, MMHC, RN, COHN, HRM; Sandy Reno, RN, BSN, COHN-S; Margaret Stashluk, RN, COHN-S/CM; Gail A Carchietta RN, MSE, COHN-S.
A special thank you to Anne Lafontaine, RN, COHN, Vendor Chair for the conference, for once again coordinating a full slate of vendors for which MaAOHN can support educational programs such as F.A.M.E.
Special Acknowledgements from MaAOHN
Congratulations to Central Mass's Michael Dolliver RN, on receiving the Comprehensive Health Services (CHS) Health Services Star Award this week for his outstanding contributions in occupational health and recent accomplishments including: Induction as the new Treasurer of the CMAOHN; stepping up and assisting in the mentoring new staff RN; managing disability case management for nearby clinic while nurse out on long term disability; willingness to work additional shifts including weekend time; and successfully completing an electronic medical record research project for his manager. This was all accomplished in addition to his usual duties as Health Center Manager for CHS for large defense company client in Sudbury. Well done Michael!
Congratulations to Western Mass's Donna Robichaud RN, for successfully earning her COHN-S/CCM certification recently.
Jennifer Stanton, RN, BS, CCM is the 2013 Recipient of the Kathleen Schusler Memorial Scholarship, Jennifer began her career at the Occupational Health Center of Waltham, MA as a bachelors prepared exercise physiologist and insurance coordinator. She went on to earn her bachelors degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, graduating Magna Cum Laude and becoming a member of the Eta Omega Nursing Honor Society. Jennifer is currently pursuing her master degree at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Master's Degree Program.