This session will discuss future trends in healthcare, and how it applies to worker health and the nurse’s role as: an advocate with management for a culture or workplace health, expert coach to guide workers to the best resources in a complex healthcare system, and stakeholders and voices in the legislative arena to speak for worker health.
Learn about the international process for evaluating published science and the development of the most recent American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC. You will discuss their potential impact on CPR outcomes, translating the science to improve survival from cardiac arrest and ensuring that the CPR training you provide is the highest quality with the greatest potential for your workers to arrive alive in the ED.
This session describes the processes involved in developing, organizing, and instituting a successful cancer screening initiative at the workplace – specifically in two academic institutions.
Certification in occupational health nursing offers value for the certificate holder, employer, and consumer. This presentation will identify values and benefits of certification as identified by the research. It will discuss the 2016 AAOHN members’ survey results regarding certification, including overcoming barriers to obtaining certification. Pathways to certification will be discussed as well as the process to maintain certification. The concept of digital badging as part of credentialing and certification will be presented. The badging process will be explored along with ways to demonstrate ongoing certification. ABOHN began using this technology in September 2016, and the presenters will discuss current analytics of certified occupational health nurses.
Large or small, organizations increasingly rely on contractors. It has become more difficult to “get it right” in these complex relationships. You will learn about research conducted by the Campbell Institute that revealed a simple but comprehensive lifecycle approach that can be used to manage all stages of contractor relationships, from pre-qualification, risk assessment, and training to on-job monitoring and post-job evaluation. Using a multi-method analysis of the best in EHS, this research not only outlines the principles all organizations need to consider – it looks critically at where organizations most often struggle and offers suggestions for process improvements.
As healthcare transitions to a world where quality of care is valued over volume, occupational health nurses are embracing technology to help optimize healthy lifestyles and safe work environments for their clients. Understanding industry trends that leverage telemedicine and telehealth technology can allow clinicians to reach more patients in meaningful ways that can help improve their quality of life.
Occupational exposure to airborne crystalline silica (CS) particles is associated with increased risk of development of silicosis (a fibrotic lung disease), lung cancer, and kidney disease. In 2016, the Occupational Safety and HealthAdministration (OSHA) promulgated a new rule on workplace exposures to CS, including a lower, more protective PEL and provisions for exposure assessment. This session provides an overview of the industrial toxicology and hygiene of occupational exposures to CS and outlines the requirements of the new OSHA CS rule.
Few healthcare providers and most patients don’t understand what pain is and what it is not. This misunderstanding leads to misdirected (and costly) care that may, in fact, worsen outcomes for chronic pain. In this session, take the first step to understanding pain to improve the effectiveness of treatment plans. Your knowledge can keep workers from getting harmed from surgeries, or addicted to strong painkillers and help them improve their pain rather than just ‘manage it’.
Following the framework of the TV show “What Would You Do,” this session will engage with never-before discussed real-life scenarios from occupational health nursing practices. We will tackle tough clinical and ethical dilemmas with your participation and debate. Topics will include regulation compliance, return to work dilemmas, absence management, clinical conundrums, and more.
Today, many worksite wellness programs emphasize physical health, focusing on health risk factors and disease management in order to reduce healthcare costs. Yet the history of health promotion has holistic and broad roots. This session will briefly explore the journey from the holistic roots of wellness to worksite wellness of today, and present considerations for redesigning the paradigm for the next generation of wellness, including organizational factors.