What's new on the MaAOHN website
Here is what has been recently added to the website:
President's Message page: A new message from Gail (Nov 2013)
This page - Candidate Statements are available for 2013 Officer nominations (October 2013)
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)
Wanted: Poster Presentations for the 2013 NECOEM/MAAOHN Conference. See below (July 2013)
Legislative Affairs page - SUPPORT OF NURSES LICENSURE COMPACT - MSL Bill H01493. (July 2013)
2013 Nominations for MaAOHN officers
Candidate statements are available for 2013 Officer nominations. Voting will be at the Annual Meeting on December 6, 2013. Statements are available for President, Vice President and Nominating Committee. View the Candidate Statements here.
Wanted: Poster Presentations for the 2013 NECOEM/MAAOHN Conference
Those of you who presented at AAOHN, this is a sure bet. Share your expertise with your colleagues. If anyone is interested in developing a poster, please remember Donna Ferreira's How to do a Poster Presentation can be found on our website under resources. Suggestions include: Wellness Programs, Process Improvements, Newsletters, Keeping confidential information safe with electronic communication, How to become active in nursing legislation, etc. Highlight your successes!
Info from the NECOEM Website:
Poster Presentations Abstract submission are invited for poster presentation. Poster session is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, December 5, 2013 in conjunction with the Annual Conference President's Reception. Posters may focus on research results, case reports, educational projects or professional development. Posters may address any topic relevant to Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Submissions should ideally represent recent work. See Submission form for additional information at
Catherine Pepler attends F.A.M.E. conference
AAOHN President, Catherine Pepler, attended this year's MaAOHN F.A.M.E. conference. Her thoughts - "Recently, I was able to attend the Massachusetts AOHN (MaAOHN) F.A.M.E. annual conference. MAAOHN is made up of several local chapters—Central Massachusetts, Greater Boston, North of Boston, and Western Massachusetts. MAAOHN has found the secret ingredient that keeps members coming back, engaged, and stepping up into leadership roles. Their conference is modeled after the Oscars, with a Red Carpet, Oscar trophies, and recognition for those being recognized, complete with photography and a round of grand applause. F.A.M.E is an acronym: F = FUN, A = Amazing, M = Membership, E = Enthusiasm. I know you will want to know more about this concept. Reach out to any one of the MAAOHN Chapter Leaders to learn more, and look for members of MAAOHN at the conference in April. Seek them out and ask them to tell you their secret recipe for a dynamic membership!"
2013 F.A.M.E. Conference Awards
The 2nd annual F.A.M.E. awards again honored MaAOHN members who have actively served their chapter in the past or the present. They have stepped up to the plate, often been behind the scenes letting others have the moments in the spotlight. Join us in thanking them for their contributions to MaAOHN. Each letter represents their contribution to their chapters which make MaAOHN as successful as we are. If you remember the acronym: Fun, Appreciation, Membership, and Enthusiasm!
Fun: Fran Gerroir
Fun, Fun, Fun! That is Fran Gerroir. You can't help but smile when you think of her because she makes every North of Boston meeting fun.
Fran gets into the spirit of each North of Boston meeting theme. For each meeting we choose a theme. Some of those themes include harvest/thanksgiving, Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick's Day, a sports theme, summer time, and the Olympics. She dresses up for all of them! She carries the theme into the meeting room by decorating the tables with centerpieces from turkeys to beach scenes.
If you've been to a North of Boston meeting, it is Fran who is always there greeting everyone at the registration desk in her theme outfit for the evening. It really brings a smile to everyone who attends.
Fran has been a NOB board member for many years and always brings her energetic and fun spirit to our meetings - including our board meetings! It is a pleasure working with Fran and we are pleased to present the FUN award to Fran.
Appreciation: Cathy Loiselle
Cathy was chosen by her colleagues at Greater Boston Association of Occupational Health Nurses (GBAOHN) for her outstanding contribution to Occupational Health Nursing. Her professionalism, passion, ingenuity, and compassion to our profession have been exemplary. We had the good fortune of meeting Cathy one year ago when she graciously stepped forward to join GBAOHN's Board of Directors. She constantly brings in new ideas and creativity that challenges us to raise our bar. She is a wonderful person and adds a great deal to GBAOHN.
Cathy works as an Occupational Health Nurse at Comprehensive Health Services (CHS) as Nurse Manager of the Corporate Clinic at Raytheon. In addition, she manages the Centralized Workforce for Raytheon. She recently qualified for Special Government Agent (SGE) training by OSHA through the OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program. Cathy will receive the UL Pure Safety Stewardship Award from AAOHN at the national conference in April.
Cathy was awarded a grant by the Department of Safety at the Department of Industrial Accidents to assess percutaneous injuries with pre-hospital workers. She has presented at the AAOHN Conference and North of Boston Chapter Program: Life is a Highway transporting ill and injured workers. Her poster presentation was accepted for display by AAOHN for the April 2013 Conference. In her spare time, Cathy has been the Medical Captain for the Susan G Komen 3 day Breast Cancer walk for the last ten years. As you can see, Cathy is our shining star that GBAOHN really appreciates.
Membership: Anne Lafontaine
Anne is the reason many of us found MaAOHN and our OHN peers. At times we can feel quite isolated in our jobs, particularly when we work alone, and in rural settings. Anne has been a part of our organization for a hundred years - at least it seems like it. She's just always been there: steady, with her dry wit, empathetic to a degree, and always willing to work to bring nurses together for the good of the membership. Her strengths in leadership are evident in the longevity of our organizations and the successful conferences that rely on vendor registrations.
One of Anne's passions is delving into the history of WMAOHN, MaAOHN and NEAOHN. When unearthing a new document or a memento that shines light on our founders, Anne reacts as if it is a pot of gold. She cherishes our history because it is a clue to our future and because she knows our forbearers had to struggle much harder than we do to keep things going.
In addition to being totally devoted to her family including many grandchildren, Anne is an avid gardener and seed-saver who raises cherished heirloom vegetables and flowers. We are all heirlooms as far as Anne is concerned, and she can see the beauty that flourishes in each of us.
Energy & Enthusiasm: Donna Ferreira
There are 5 little words that are music to a Chapter President's ears…… those words are: "I can help with that!" When those words are uttered, suddenly the load seems lighter and you feel a huge sense of relief.
Donna is in her first term as Vice President of the CMAOHN Chapter. In that short time she presented "How to Take the Exceptional Workers Compensation History" at our December educational meeting; she single-handedly took on our By-Laws Revision project, keeping our Chapter in good standing with the State and National organization; and to increase awareness and encourage our members to create poster presentations, volunteered to create a "How to Do a Poster Presentation" which was presented at NECOEM. She graciously volunteered to take on these projects because of her own personal energy and enthusiasm for her professional organization. Not a Board meeting goes by without Donna saying "I can help with that".
I just shared some of Donna's achievements with you but the F.A.M.E. awards are not about achievement. They are to acknowledge the members that contribute to making our organization a fun, vibrant, upbeat, forward-thinking, high energy group to which others would like to belong.
Donna Ferreira has all of those qualities but in the end, Donna is being awarded the "energy & enthusiasm award" for those 5 little words she so often states… "I can help with that".
F.A.M.E.: Joan Balkus
Joan embodies all four components of our conference theme. Joan is in her second term as the president of our Central Mass Chapter and has served on the Board of Directors in various offices, providing expertise and leadership. Joan was our 2012 Moore Medical Excellence Awardee and is a past recipient of two NEAOHN grants. With over 30 years of experience in occupational health nursing, Joan has a passion for occupational health with the mission to keep workers healthy, safe, and productive. Her passion goes well beyond the worksite to supporting Occupational Health Nurses. Joan actively works to engage her membership, is always willing to mentor or assist an OHN in need of guidance or answer a simple question. She recently without a second thought offered her assistance to a new OHN in need who reached out to her. It is the spirit with which she does this that makes her stand out in a crowd!
Joan is innovative, creative, and full of enthusiasm. Her chapter meetings are never without a warm welcome to members and guests, hand crafted centerpieces with a seasonal theme and often a hand crafted table favor for all to take home. She organizes raffle items for attendees and charitable gift collections for donations to worthy causes and appreciates the commitment and dedication of her own board members with a holiday manicure gift goodies.
Joan set goals to retain members, encourage participation and to truly connect with members via email, presidential reports, and the new member welcome packets. Joan provides fun and clever ice breaker games and gift baskets at meetings, often at her own expense.
At a Chapter meeting last year, Joan provided giant "diamond" rings to members and asked each of us to "Get engaged!" Engage by helping to find speakers, find another member, become an officer, volunteer for a committee, or reach out to the community. She asked for engagement no matter how small. The rings which sit on our desks serve as reminders that we are a part of an organization committed to sharing ideas and best practices. Joan's engagement ring is an illustration of her imaginative methods to lead and inspire others.
In addition, to her work at her local chapter level, Joan brings this same passion to the MaAOHN Board of Directors, FAME Conferences, and all state functions through volunteering, (or graciously accepting the task when someone else volunteers her)! We are all busy, but Joan will find the time to create MaAOHN Thank You Notes, create the Stars the 2013 FAME recipients are wearing today, come up with a theme for a holiday party, to add that one extra step that makes the event more entertaining. The raffle baskets today were also Joan's design. Joan has a proven record of following through above and beyond what was asked. The extra sparkle at any event is often due to Joan's touch! She is highly respected by Central Mass and most valuable to the MaAOHN Board of Directors.
With uncommon grace, talent, and humility, Joan is a true gift to those who are fortunate to call her President, colleague, and friend and is the model for what F.A.M.E. stands for. Thank you Joan and please continue to inspire us!