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Musculoskeletal Symposium
May 15-16,2015 (Friday-Saturday)
Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton,PA

Sponsored by Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates

Registration Form - Registration extended to May 1st


2016 PAAOHN Conference
March 9-11, 2016

Hosted by Susquehanna Valley PAOHN Chapter

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Hagerstown Community College
June 1-3, 2015

Hagerstown, MD
"Physical Assessment for the OHN"

Course Information


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.

Click HERE for details

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OHN, Alcoa Lancaster, PA    4/21/15
OHN Administrator, Washington DC    4/13/15



President's Message - April 27, 2015

Hello Everyone

I think winter MIGHT be over – we might have survived.  Just wanted to check in with everyone with some updates:
- Thank you for electing me to the national board – I have already, after only three days learned so much
o Did you know that the board has a conference call every other month?  Thank goodness for modern technology – I can’t image traveling to meet every month.
o There is a partnership between AAOHN, ANA and AOHP – what a wonderful morsel of information for our local and state chapters – maybe there exists a partnership of meetings/educational sessions
- West Virginia does not have a state chapter
o Why is that great news – we are going to invite them to join us at out presentations and utilize them as a resource for speakers, etc.
- The PA association has four 100th AAOHN anniversary pins – free to the first four members who contact me
- The 2016 PA conference will be at the Mohegan Sun resort center in Wilkes Barre March 9-11
o Apply NOW for the awards/scholarships so you may attend the conference without paying a fee – application already posted on our website www.paaohn.org under the awards tab
- The board is working hard at revising the Policy and Procedure manual – our goal is to make it such a great document that as we retire someone new will be able to step right in and just follow the outline provided.
- The new publisher is getting on board and your journals should be caught up and on track by the beginning of June – the transition turned out to be a bigger undertaking than first thought
o All of the journals are archived and available on – line but the organization is missing 1950-1952 – anyone have any of these journals in their basements, attics, etc. If so please contact AAOHN
- A new feature will be posted on our website soon
o Someone within our organization will have the opportunity to write a short “story” concerning someone within occupational health that has made a difference – this can be someone such as Betty Moulder, Dorothy Saller, etc. or it might be someone more personal.  If you have a story you would like to tell please let me know.

As always if anyone has any questions or want to discuss anything please contact me

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




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  



2014 Medique Award - Vernona, NY

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


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

2014 PAAOHN Award/Grant Winners

Dorothy Saller Award

Nancy Ritz, RN, BS, COHN-S,CCM, from Central 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.

L-R: Chad Little, Nancy Ritz, Yolanda Lang

Nancy Ritz BIO

Betty Mouldar Award

Paulette Nitkiewicz, RN, BSN, COHN-S, CMA, of Southwest 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.

L-R: Chad Rittle, Paulette Nitkiewicz, Yolanda Lang


President's Award

Chad Rittle DNP, MPH, RN   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.

L-R: Chad Rittle, Yolanda Lang


Delaware Valley Grant Recipients

Mia Murphy, BSN, RN, CRRN Angela Schafer, RN, BSN

 PAAOHN Certification Grant

Helen Mae Reisner, BA, BSN, RN, COHN-S


 Business Recognition Award
Mid State Occupational Health Services, Inc.

 L-R: Chad Rittle, Kim Olszewski, Vice President Mid State OHS, Yolanda Lang

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