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2015 SVAPOHN Annual Conference

"Advancing Healthy Workplaces: Programs That Work"
October 7-9, 2015
The Woodlands Inn & Resort, Wilkes-Barre, PA



2016 PAAOHN Conference
March 9-11, 2016

Hosted by Susquehanna Valley PAOHN Chapter

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"The Role of Nurses in Severe Weather: Anticipating, Preparing, & Responding"
August 8, 2015
Friends Center, Philadelphia, PA



Educational Resources


Ebola Resources Guide new
AAOHN provides comprehensive list of information and resources on Ebola

Ebola - Identify, Isolate, Inform - Health Advisory from PA Dept of Health

AAOHN Respiratory Protection Education & Resources Webkit
Take advantage of this FREE self-paced Respiratory Protection Webkit for a comprehensive review and update on the RP OSHA standard, RP policies, medical surveillance and exam, types of respirators and their selection, care and fitting.  Awards 1.5 CNEs.

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 Premise Health - RN, Swiftwater, PA    7/21/15
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Presidents Message

Hello everyone

Summer is here and we have all forgotten the snow and ice – just wishing for some of that ice in our tea now. 
Your board is hard at work on the 2016 conference and wanted to just remind you to

PAAOHN Conference
March 09-11, 2016
Hosted by the Susquehanna Chapter of PAAOHN
Mohegan Sun at the Pocono Downs Convention Center

Applications for grants/awards and scholarships is now open with information posted on the website – visit www.paaohn.org often for updates

Yolanda C Lang, Dr.PH, CRNP, MSN, COHN, FAAOHN
President, PAAOHN

PAAOHN History

Recognizing the need to establish better communications between the existing local associations in Pennsylvania, a group of nurses met during the Presidents’ Meeting in New York on September 22, 1962, for the purpose of discussing the formation of a Pennsylvania State Association of Industrial Nurses.

The members present decided that every effort should be made to unite to share both resources and experiences. They were further convinced that a state association would establish the identity of the Industrial Nurse on a local, state and national level and provide a common ground for the exchange of information within the group and other allied health groups.

Dorothy Saller stepped forward and was elected to serve as chairperson of this organization (later known as PAAOHN). 

So who was this strong advocate for Occupational Health Nursing and the name sake for the PAAOHN Dorothy Saller Outstanding Occupational Health Nurse Award.

Dorothy’s nursing career began when she graduated from Abington Memorial Hospital School of Nursing approximately 70 years ago and entered the field of occupational health as a staff nurse at Bell Telephone in Philadelphia.  She devoted her entire nursing career to occupational health except when servicing as an Army nurse during both WWII and the Korean Conflict

Dorothy was an active member of her local chapter - Philadelphia; President and founder of the Pennsylvania state chapter and ultimately the executive director of AAOHN.

PA occupational health nurses are well respected for their expertise and through the PAAOHN and AAOHN we have accomplished many changes to provide our clientele with a safe and productive work environment but without Ms. Dorothy Saller where would we be?

Get Involved at the Local Level

We need you!  Our local chapters are the grass roots of our state.  I realize that your time may be limited and you hesitate to commit to an elected position.  However, participation takes many forms including meeting attendance, committee work, or just volunteering for a one-time special task or project.

Please consider sharing your talents and skills to help us become more successful.  Reach out to your local chapter President.  Even working on a small task would be appreciated.

Berks Laurie Heagy



Central Kimberly Smith
Philadelphia Donna Moser
Southwest Janet Reid
Susquehanna Valley Kathryn Emanski
At Large  



2015 NEAOHM Awards - Boston, MA

2015 Medique Leadership Award Recipient
Troy Burd, BSN, RN, COHN-S


2015 NEAOHN Grant Recipient
Nancy VanBlargan, MA, BSN, RN, COHN

2015 PAAOHN Award/Grant Winners

Dorothy Saller Award

Kimberly Kilheeney, BSN, RN, COHN-S, from Susquehanna Valley Chapter, is the recipient of PAAOHN’s Dorothy Saller Outstanding Nurse Award. This award recognizes a nurse leader who has demonstrated outstanding service within the profession and their local chapter through exceptional leadership and performance of professional responsibilities in all facets of the occupational health specialty.


Betty Mouldar Award

Laura Jones, BSN, RN, COHN-S, of Susquehanna Valley Chapter, is this year's recipient of the Betty Mouldar Award.  This Award recognizes a nurse clinician who has demonstrated clinical excellence and innovation in occupational health nursing.


President's Award

Nancy VanBlargan, BSN, RN, MA, COHN-S   is this year's recipient of the President’s Award. This award is chosen by the President and given to a Board member for their dedication and contribution to PAAOHN.


Delaware Valley Grant Recipient

Josephine Dodd, RN, COHN-CM

 PAAOHN Certification Grant

Janet McHale BSN, RN, COHN-S


 Business Recognition Award
ATI Physical Therapy

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