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2016 PAAOHN Conference - Hosted by Susquehanna Valley PAOHN Chapter
March 9-11, 2016

"A Winning Combination:  Clinical and Academic Advances in Occupational Health"

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October 5-7, 2016
Portland, Maine

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Presidents Message

Hello all

I realized that it was time to give everyone an update when I had to pull out the sweater today (the season is changing and s--- is coming)
Well the board is hard at work planning a really great 2016 conference March 11-13 at Mohegan Sun Casino Resort located in the Poconos.  Susquehanna Valley will host.

All the speakers and topics have been confirmed – check out the website www.paaohn.org for details.

The board is currently working on arranging for vendors – please advise if there is a vendor that you would like to see at the conference or it you have any contact information for any vendor you think your fellow OHN’s would like to see please forward the contact information to me as soon as possible.  The registration, etc. will be open, after the finalizing board meeting in November, so please mark your calendar to register early – I hear there will be a discount for the first 50 registrants.

The board has also gone through some growing pains – Kim Kilheeney resigned from the board (congratulations on that promotion and of course more responsibility at work) and thankfully another member had already put her hat in the ring for elections next year so we welcome Nancy Pritchard to the board, a few months early.

As always we are anxious for your feedback/questions/interaction so please not hesitate to contact either myself or anyone on the board.  We would love to have your feedback about the addition of a “history” bio to the front page of the website – should we continue to do this? Would anyone like to suggest a person to profile? Would you like to do a profile?

Thank you and hope to see everyone in March 2016

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



PAAOHN History

Connecting with our OHN history: Betty Moulder

Occupational health nurses are tasked with keeping workforces free of injury through prevention and restoration of health to those who have been become ill or injured as a result of a workplace incident or related hazard.  Betty Moulder, a nurse from Philadelphia, recognized this need in 1888 and was hired to care for coal miners and their families by a group of Pennsylvania coal mining companies. Betty Moulder is often viewed as the first professional nurse in the field of occupational health nursing. With an influence such as Betty Moulder, it is no wonder that Pennsylvania has been referred to as the birthplace of occupational health nursing.

Now it's time for you to be a part of occupational health nursing history. Share your story. As occupational health nurses we often find ourselves working independently and it is unusual to be recognized for the accomplishments we are making every day in keeping our workforces safe and healthy. Consider applying for (or nominating a peer) for the Betty Moulder Award, this award recognizes a nurse clinician who has demonstrated excellence in clinical practice and innovation in occupational health nursing.

2016 Betty Moulder Application<http://www.paaohn.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=0oLpuPqZkzc%3d&tabid=458>

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
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