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MaAOHN is proud to acknowledge the contributions of Fran Gerroir RN, BS to our state and local organization. Fran began her nursing career at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in 1979 and officially joined the Occupational Health world in 1999. A member of AAOHN since 2003, Fran has served as a Director and Treasurer of North of Boston (NOB) for many years. more...

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Please join us for the 2015 NECOEM/MaAOHN conference December 3 and 4 in Worcester, MA. The conference is presented by the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses. Conference Announcement

Abstract submission is invited for poster presentation. Poster session is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, December 3, 2015. Conference Poster Presentation Guidelines

Call for Nominations -The MaAOHN Nominating Committee is looking for candidates for the 2015 Election. Open positions include President, Vice President, and Nominating Committee. If you or any fellow members of MaAOHN are interested in running, please fill out the nomination and bio form and send back to carin_bennett@hotmail.com or kaitlinmacdonald4@gmail.com by October 1, 2015.
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Member Resources page: Mass Dept of Public Health Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin released… (April 2015)

In response to The National Transportation Safety Board safety study, Drug Use Trends in Aviation: Assessing the Risk of Pilot Impairment the Board of Registration in Dentistry, the Board of Registration in Nursing, Board of Registration in Pharmacy, and the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants, on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Health Professions Licensure issued a joint alert regarding prescribing and dispensing controlled substances in November, 2014 (April 2015)
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New President's Message from Gail Carchietta: MaAOHN certainly shone like the brilliant star we are at the AAOHN National Conference last week in Boston where we celebrated 100 years of NEAOHN as an organization.  From the humble beginnings of 13 nurses who first met at 8 Joy Street in 1915, our regional chapter gave birth to our national organization.  Massachusetts' nurses should continue to be proud of the impact we have as occupational health nurses here in our home state and across the world. Read more... (March 2015)

2015 Medique Leadership Award:
Margaret Stashluk RN, COHN-S/CM

It is with great pleasure MaAOHN awards the 2015 Medique Leadership Award to Margaret Stashluk RN, COHN-S/CM in recognition and gratitude for her outstanding contributions to the profession of Occupational Health Nursing and to our state organization. Margaret's leadership qualities, professional integrity, personal growth and humanitarian characteristics are consistent with this very special recognition. She began her career in Occupational Health with Data General Corporation as an Occupational Health Nurse over 35 years ago. She worked at Digital Equipment for six years and has been at Intel- Hudson Ma since 1998. In her professional work, Margaret has shown initiative in practice, research and system development through engagement with switching medical databases and updating clinical guidelines. Read more...


Message from Sheila Litchfield about foot care advisory

As a member of the Mass. BORN Nursing Practice Advisory Panel (NPAP), I'd like to take the opportunity to remind our nurses that doing foot care is and has been considered within the scope of nursing practice when conducted by nurses educated in the subject. The NPAP had considered dropping the attached advisory on foot care, however we determined that too many nurses are unaware that foot care is within their scope of practice. The advisory was retained with one minor addition.


2014 Lifetime Achievement Award:
Pat Travers, ScM, MS, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN

Pat Travers was highlighted as our MaAOHN spotlight this year, for her numerous contributions to Occupational Health Nursing. A member of AAOHN since 1982, she was awarded Fellowship In 1984. Many of our own members used her book "A Comprehensive Guide to Establishing an Occupational Health Service" published in 1987 to set up their own Occupational Health Clinics. Pat delivered an excellent presentation "Changing World of Occupational Health Nursing" at AAOHN in Chicago on only a 2-day notice. She sat in on the OSHA Hearings when they were developing the ergonomics language. She has authored over 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks on ergonomics, health effects related to occupational exposures and occupational health nursing topics. Pat joined the Digital Equipment Corporation in 1988, which became Hewlett Packard, and where after 25 years, she continues to work as the Global Health & Safety Manager-Global Environment, health & Safety. She Pat's full write up on our website under Previous Spotlights. We are honored to award Pat the Dorothy Hope Reid Lifetime Achievement Award.


2014 Nurse Excellence Award:
Donna Ferreira ANP, COHN-S, FAAOHN

This award recognizes the nurse that possesses leadership qualities, professional integrity and personal growth/humanitarian characteristics consistent with this special recognition. Donna is sought out as a mentor, colleague, supervisor and friend. Her numerous presentations leave her fellow nurses armed with pearls of wisdom and practical applications to improve their own practice. Donna is an avid supporter of nurses for AAOHN certification and encourages involvement in our organization. Donna is always smiling, sharing, caring, and unselfishly contributing to the betterment of MaAOHN and AAOHN. She was awarded AAOHN Fellowship status in 2012 and is a 2013 F.A.M.E. awardee. Donna is currently working as Senior Account Manager at Comprehensive Health Services.


2014 Profiles in Courage Award:
Margaret O'Connor RN, BS, COHN-S, MME

Modeled after our nation's most prestigious awards for public service, MaAOHN honors the action one nurse will take in spite of personal consequences, obstacles and pressures. In 2011, following the letter of the law and her personal ethics, Peg had to make an unpopular decision at her workplace regarding what she perceived to be an infraction of care. A few days later she was relieved of her position. Peg continued to persevere for three years to make every attempt to ensure that this type of infraction would not happen again, and to hold people accountable for their actions. Peg currently works at the Massachusetts Nurses Association as the Associate Director of Health and Safety.


2014 Moore Medical Award:
Sandra Reno RN, BS, COHN-S

Awarded 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. An active member of MaAOHN since 2005, and North of Boston Chapter Member, Sandy recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Curry College, and her COHN-S certification for AAOHN. She was a first time presenter at the 2013 NECEOM/MaAOHN Conference on the Medical Surveillance Program for Laboratory Safety. Sandy has been on the NECOEM Planning Committee since 2013, and is the Occupational Health Nurse at Vertex Pharmaceuticals.