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History of PAAOHN

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

Dorothy Saller served as temporary chairman of this meeting.  The members present decided that every effort should be made to unite and 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.

Accordingly, on Saturday morning, October 27, 1962, 12 nurses met for the purpose of organizing a state association for Industrial Nurses.
The representatives were:
Berks County
Ruth Slunker, Elizabeth Snyder, and Mary Tice
Delaware Valley
Florence Leflar
Mason-Dixon
Marilyn Ahern, Arlene Long, Betty Weagly
Philadelphia
Helen Dubbs, Anne Murphy, Grace Ryan, Dorothy Saller, and Maude Wandell

Dorothy Saller served as temporary chairman.  Following an informal discussion “Advantages and Necessity for Forming a State Association” a motion was carried to organize the Pennsylvania State Association of Industrial Nurses and the purpose and by-laws were presented and adopted.  The first meeting was held that afternoon and Dorothy Saller was elected and installed as President.  Annual dues were collected at $2.00 per person.

The first annual meeting and education conference was held at the Penn Harris Hotel, Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, May 4, 1963.  Topics included Noise in Industry; Physiological and Psychological Effects of Noise on Man; Conservation of Hearing in Noise; and Pending Legislation on Occupational Hearing Loss.

Other historical timelines:
• Southwestern Pennsylvania joined in 1963.
• Northwestern Pennsylvania joined in 1964.
• Mason-Dixon Association dissolved in 1967.
• Chesmont Pennsylvania joined in September 1984.
• Pennsylvania Association of Industrial Nurses was incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a non-profit corporation on August 9, 1973.
• On January 1, 1977, the American Association of Industrial Nurses officially became the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

Historians and academicians alike credit Pennsylvania with the distinction of being the birthplace of occupational health nursing in 1888.  At this time, the first ‘industrial’ nurse, Betty Mouldar, was employed by a Pennsylvania coal-mining firm to care for coal miners who were ill.

From this early beginning in 1888, occupational health nursing has evolved into its present comprehensive multi-disciplined profession.  We’ve taken giant strides forward to becomes recognized as a specialty group whose focus is the health and safety of the American worker.

Today, the Pennsylvania Association of Occupational Health Nurses has five (5) local chapters:  Berks County, Central, Southwestern, Philadelphia, and Susquehanna Valley.  Two (2) chapters, Delaware Valley and Northwest, have both dissolved in recent years.

 

 

  
Dorothy Saller BIO

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?

  
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