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

Sponsored by Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates

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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"

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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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President's Message - December 2014

Hello everyone:

Welcome to the end of 2014 and the beginning 2015.
2014 was an exciting year for PAAOHN
- Members were published
- Members presented at both the state and national conferences
- Members passed their certification exams
- The state conference in Lancaster was a huge success
- The board received  new members with new ideas – keeping the board fresh
So how can 2015 surpass these achievements??
- Members have submitted articles for publication – been accepted so look closely at the NEW and improved journal in  2015
- Members WILL present at the 2015 national conference – which will honor the 150th birthday of occupational health nursing – Presentations have been accepted
- Members WILL present posters at the 2015 national conference – if you attend please look and support our members – Poster has been accepted
- The incoming president of AAOHN is our own Jeannie Tomlinson – HURRAH
- A member will begin serving on the national board in 2015
- A member will be presented the Medique Award for an exceptional occupational health nurse at the 2015 conference

o Currently five members have achieved a free registration – one per chapter
o Would you like to obtain a free registration
 Visit the website www.paaohn.org – look under the grant and award tab
o A pre-conference offering will be presented – FIRST TIME
 Space is limited so sign up soon
 Offering = conflict resolution
o Agenda, Brochure and Application are on the website www.paaohn.org
 Left side of the website or complete the application attached
 Let’s outdo ourselves and get over 120 attendees
• Apply early to get early bird discount
 Special guest – Service/therapy dog for presentation on March 13th 
o Vendors are CALLING US to be present
 One stop shopping for any services needed/wanted by occupational heath
• Do you know a vendor who would like to exhibit please let me know
o Posters
 Another first time addition
 Local colleges, nursing schools, universities are being asked to present posters
 Are you affiliated with an institute of higher learning? What a wonderful challenge for your students – prizes will be awarded
o Southwest is the host chapter
 Perfect time to become an active member – help accepted with introductions of speakers, the hospitality suite, any donations that can be “auctioned” off to raise money for the Veteran association –
I know a lot of information but the board has been very active and think this will be a terrific conference – we would love to see everyone there.
If you have any questions please just either email me at langy@upmc.edu or call me at 412-647-3407
Yolanda C. Lang, Dr.PH, MSN, CRNP, 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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