This session will focus on vaccines from three perspectives: an introduction to the vaccines designed to protect the health of adults and their families, vaccine care and storage recommendations to ensure efficacy, and effective coaching occupational health nurses can use when discussing vaccines for maximum protection of their health and that of their families.
Many nurses need additional skills to help identify and deal with mental health issues in the work place. In this session, you will get the tools needed to identify and intervene for workers who present with common mental health concerns. The coaching skills presented will include interviewing, identification of common mental health issues, crisis intervention, as well as referral methods
As health professionals who provide for and deliver health and safety programs and services to workers, worker populations, and communities, occupational health nurses are uniquely suited to take leadership roles in building a culture of health. Learn strategies for how occupational health nurses can develop leadership capabilities, regardless of position or title, and be a voice in advocating for worker health and safety.
Orthopedic problems, whether acute or chronic, are often overlooked and undertreated in the workers’ compensation realm. This can lead to a significant delay in return to work, increases in claims expenditures, unnecessary pain and suffering for the worker and legal liabilities for the employer. While performing a live-streamed shoulder surgery, typical of a procedure that employees may undergo, learn about the surgical procedure and the injuries, both on and off the job, that indicate the need for such a procedure and gain some coaching tips for advising employee what to expect.
This session will examine the medical monitoring that should take place for employees, depending on individual exposures. Review some of the potential hazards that are found in organizations and the medical surveillance programs recommended to address them. We will focus on how to identify gaps in surveillance programs and how programs can evolve with cross-discipline collaboration.
This session will cover recent and current outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases (e.g. Zika, Ebola Virus Disease, MERS-CoV) and the impact on U.S. healthcare providers and their communities. We will cover disease epidemiology, including risk factors, as well as a description of national and global efforts to prevent and control the various infectious diseases.
Chronic pain patients often receive a mix of opioids, benzodiazepines, muscle relaxants, and anti-depressants. Even when an agreement to decrease drug usage is reached, tapering is difficult because there are no medical guidelines for reducing opioids in conjunction with the other drugs. You will discuss the various tapering protocols of different drug classifications, other variables to consider, including patient metabolism, provider expertise, psychosocial barriers, and clinical co-morbidities. Points include determining which classes of drugs to reduce first, dose reduction by class, withdrawal symptoms, and applying different de-prescribing tactics to the different drugs.
Panelists will discuss their research results and the implications for occupational and environmental health nurses, including findings related to body positioning, a health literacy project and workplace hazards experienced by Latino immigrant contingent workers.
We are in a time that leadership attributes demonstrated as a professional in the business environment is critical. Leadership is the foundation for any successful organization. There are 10 essential attributes that build character and personal integrity in Leaders. These attributes must be developed over time through teachings and role models. It is time the occupational health professional is viewed as part of the leadership team. This can be accomplished. We need to sit at the table with the “C suite” and speak their language and be engaged in our business and understand the reality of what worth we bring to the table. The participant will take away “key elements” regarding the 10 top essential attributes they can apply to the daily work life.
Given the complexities in FMLA, ADA, PDA, USERRA, and numerous state-specific leave protection laws, there’s no wonder so many businesses throw up their hands and choose to out-source their leave management program. However, they unwittingly forfeit improved employee outcomes, while simultaneously increasing liability for their leaders and human resource teams. You will learn the key components of a successful leave management program and the value of keeping it in-house.