What's new on the MaAOHN website
Here is what has been recently added to the website:
President's Message page: COUNTDOWN TO 2015! On March 23-26th, 2015 Occupational Health Nurses from around the world will convene in Boston during the AAOHN national convention at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, to commemorate the North East Association of Occupational Health Nurses (NEAOHN) Centennial celebration... More (Feb 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)
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!"
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 recipient of the Nurse Excellence Award - Margaret O'Connor
MaAOHN is proud to award Margaret O'Connor RN, COHN, MME our 2013 Nurse Excellence Award for her outstanding contributions to occupational health and our state organization. Peg embodies the principles of this award.
Since 1984, Peg has established and sustained successful Occupational Health and Safety Programs in Massachusetts. At Jordan Hospital, Peg has served as the Director of Employee Health and created the Occupational Health and Risk Management Department and served as Director from 1988-2010. In 2010 she expanded to the role of Variance Manager for the hospital.
Since 2011 as the Director of Health and Safety at the Massachusetts Nursing Association, Peg currently supports all registered nurses in the state. She continues her dedication to nursing and in 2012, she became a courtesy faculty member for Yale University School of Nursing and supervises Bachelor and Masters level Nurses during their internships at MNA. Through her work at the MNA, Peg sees first hand, how organized legislative activity on the state level affects the outcome of proposed legislation. Peg has been our own "Nurse in Boston", spending many days at our Massachusetts State House as she continues to mentor post-graduate Nursing students from Yale University, participate in meetings about nursing and write position papers on important topics. She has opened doors to the legislative process by introducing her students to the inner sanctum of our state government and the significant responsibility Nurses have to actively participate in the legislative process.
A member of AAOHN and MaAOHN since 1990, Peg has been on the state board since 2007. Serving on the Nominating Committee, as Vice Presdident and chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee since 2012, Peg has a solid understanding of the important role MaAOHN has in the state of Massachusetts, and the potential impact we have on legislative activities. Peg has worked at "the nurse's level" and in 2012 authored a letter to the Board of Registration in response to the ""Report on the Findings and Recommendations - 3.05 Collaborative Task Force". Peg always sees the big picture and realized the effect this legislation would have on the Nurse Practice Act that would affect all Nurses in Massachusetts. Peg has met with the representatives from the Massachusetts Healthy Air Act and coordinated letters to our Senators from MaAOHN related to proposed legislative that would have negatively impacted the Clean Air Act goals -US Senate Resolution S.J. Res. 37.
Additional professional affiliations include: American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. American Society of Healthcare Risk Management, Massachusetts Society of Healthcare Risk Managers , Hospital Employee Health Nurses Association and the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
On a personal level, through her involvement in local governmental activities she has been active in voicing her opinion about power plant activity and in healthcare activities for her own community. She has an unrelenting drive to improve the health and safety, reinforcing how one person can make a difference. Peg always has time to put a positive spin on events and encourages members to get involved and be aware of issues that affect nursing. Peg meets every challenge with confidence and a smile and advocates for Nurses and the Nursing Profession every day. Peg has been an asset to our state board and continues to work tirelessly to empower nurses to continue striving for excellence in healthcare during these tumultuous times. Over the years, Peg has authored many professional publications, and presented numerous presentations. She is always available to help a fellow nurse in need. Peg has been active in her local community in various activities including organizing a health fair for the town of Plymouth. Peg lives in Plymouth and raises Portugese Water Dogs with her daughter Cindy. She enjoys the Boston Red Sox and time spent with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. We thank and congratulate Peg for her insightful and meaningful years of service.
Over the years, Peg has authored many professional publications, and presented numerous presentations. She is always available to help a fellow nurse in need. Peg has been active in her local community in various activities including organizing a health fair for the town of Plymouth.
Peg lives in Plymouth and raises Portugese Water Dogs with her daughter Cindy. She enjoys the Boston Red Sox and time spent with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. We thank and congratulate Peg for her insightful and meaningful years of service.
2013 recipient of the Moore Medical Award - Anne LaFontaine
MaAOHN is proud to award Anne LaFontaine RN, COHN-S with the 2013 Moore Medical Award.
This award is in recognition of a MaAOHN member who has exhibited exemplary performance at the state and local level and has encouraged continuous improvement in occupational health and professional education.
As a member of the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses for over 30 years, Anne has held numerous positions on the state and local boards. Recently, Anne has worked tirelessly as President of the Western Mass Chapter, as Vendor Chair for the NECOEM/MaAOHN Conference for over 6 years. She has also held the NEAOHN position of Treasurer for a few terms.
Anne has been devoted to Western MA and our organization. She held concurrent terms of President of Western Mass when no one else was able to take on the role. Anne has spearheaded the gathering and archiving of numerous articles on the history of MaAOHN. Anne single handedly manages the vendors for the annual joint NECOEM/MaAOHN Conference of which MaAOHN shares a portion of the proceeds. With this share, MaAOHN is able to support chapter educational and other services.
Anne is always present with a clear thought process and ability to keep the big picture in mind along with the smallest detail of a project or discussion. She has wisdom beyond years and is always ready to help a fellow occupational health nurse, recognize the works of others and is open to learning new processes.
Anne reminds us of where we have been and encourages us to continue to move forward as an organization. Anne is a great asset to our organization and we are lucky, smarter and stronger for her involvement in our organization.
Anne has her own business – Occupational Safety and Health Training in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband Robert. She is a devoted grandmother, an avid gardener, a collector of MaAOHN history, knitter, and a general all around wonderful person. Thank you Anne for being so deserving of this award. Years from now, thanks to you, future MaAOHN members will be reading about your own adventures with MaAOHN!
2013 recipient of the MaAOHN Profile In Courage Award - Marcia Estes
Modeled after our nation's most prestigious honor for public service, for the first time, MaAOHN honors the action one nurse takes in spite of personal consequences, obstacles and pressures. Marcia took an unpopular stand against adverse conditions and redesigned the role of Occupational Health at her worksite. Initially, to supplement the Occupational Health business, Marcia reached out to current clients about needed services, and worked with insurance companies to adjust their reimbursement rates. In addition, she re-focused on International Travel Medicine, FAA Commercial 1 airline pilot exams, pre-employment physicals, commercial driver medical exams and made it through the 6 month trial period which ended in December, 2013. Marcia's persistence, clear thinking, and devisive measures over a short amount of time, resulted in the continued existence of an Occupational Health Department. The clinic at Nashoba Valley was recently spotlighted in an article on January 14, 2014 Eagle - Tribune article. It was announced that in additional to the Nashoba Clinic, a brand new clinic was opened in Merrimack Hospital, Haverhill. These two sites are two of four providing some of these services to Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Considering the site was to close down in June, the saving then addtion of another site is quite an accomplishment.
Marcia has showed us how to be courageous and speak up in support of Occupational Health and for what we know is right.
Marcia has been the Manager of the Occupational Health Department at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Ma. since 2000 and has been a member of MaAOHN since 2002 . She has held the office of Secretary on the state board since 2012. Marcia quietly and steadfastedly contributes to the betterment of MaAOHN and has been an asset to the board. Marcia lives in Pepperell with her husband.
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.
Congratulations to North of Boston's Donna Stanton RN, for receiving the 2013 Kathleen Schusler Scholarship.