"I was honored to present to high school students on occupational health nursing at the Public Health Museum. This was a hybrid presentation with 20 students on zoom and 27 in person. Olivia, a former student in the program did an amazing job of co-presenting on how teens can stay safe at work." - Nancy Clover RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is now offering the training course Safety Culture in Healthcare Settings by Rogers B, Francis R, Dembski-Hart P, Hessels A, Hilton T, Casey M, and Martin M (DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2023-135, https://doi.org/10.26616/NIOSHPUB2023135). https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2023-135/ This healthcare worker training course provides scientific and evidence-based information. It focuses on [...]
AAOHN Podcast featuring MaAOHN’s own Carin Bennett-Rizzo Episode 11: Conquering Return to Work and Remote Work On AAOHN's podcast, Occupational Health Nursing Pulse, Jennylynn sits down with Carin Bennett-Rizzo MS, CNP-BC, COHN-S, Nurse Director for Occupational Health at Boston’s Children Health to talk all things return to work in the healthcare setting, and also touches on new remote work policies in healthcare. Occupational Health Nursing Pulse: AAOHN Podcast: Conquering Return [...]
Congratulations Amanda Hazeltine - Doctor of Nursing Practice from UMass Medical School!!! Congratulations to OHC nurse, Samantha Creamer Reaves! Sam graduated from the DNP program at U Mass Medical School. So proud of her and her classmates!
Be air aware: Check the Air Quality Index (AQI) at http://AirNow.gov and adjust your outdoor activities to reduce your exposure to harmful air pollutants. Enjoy the outdoors when the air is healthy. Stay inside as much as possible when it's not.
When wildfires create smoky conditions it’s important for everyone to reduce their exposure to smoke. Wildfire smoke irritates your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. It can make it hard to breathe and make you cough or wheeze. Children and people with asthma, COPD, heart disease, or who are pregnant need to be especially careful about breathing wildfire smoke. Keep smoke outside. Choose a room you can close off from outside [...]
New research published in Nursing2023 reveals crucial insights on reducing SI risk. Check out the groundbreaking paper on Lovenox, examining device malfunctions and incidence rates. Lovenox enoxaparin - N2023 Jun
Workers are exposed to a great deal of heat stress. Extreme heat can result in occupational illness or injury. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes. Heat can also increase the risk of injuries in workers as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/?fbclid=IwAR354IwwPT3QXDPhpcrwYtfyTKVmP4mOdhZ0n-PnM-iCzaw_cD10okUoGFw
Making a difference anytime, anywhere & always!💚 Did you know that nursing is the nation's largest healthcare profession, with approximately 4.2 million RNs & 355,000 NPs practicing across America?? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of RNs is projected to grow 6% each year from 2021 to 2031 - faster than the average for all occupations! The employment of NPs is also projected to grow [...]
OHC Nurses have been on-site at a local hospital working with their infectious disease department to reduce inhouse infections. They conducted Hand Hygiene observation, audits and training. The program did over 2,000 observations per month in all departments in the hospital. Pictured are OHC Nurses Judy Wu and Vickie Puopolo-Chipman who have worked on this assignment.
Meet Tina Lopez, RN! Tina joined the OHC nurse team back in November of 2022 and we couldn't be happier! Image text- "'Continually expanding my knowledge is my favorite part of healthcare and my job.' If you run into trouble while on the job, you'd be lucky to have Tina Lopez, RN, as your Occupational Health Nurse! With a background in emergency medicine, she is happy to be part [...]
Meet one of our many wonderful nurses, Molly! She has been working with us since December, 2022. We're so glad to have you on the OHC nurse team! Image text - "I love Occupational Health Nursing because it gives me the opportunity to care for our workers and ensure they are safe, happy and productive at work. The nursing support we offer in the workplace is so important and [...]
Roses are red, Violets are blue, OHC loves nurses, Yes we do. We love each one, The great and the small, But our long-time nurses, We love most of all. OHC loves our long-time employees! In OHC’s 23 years, we have had many amazing nurses come and go – and many come back! Here are OHC’s most treasured long-time employees. These amazing nurses have worked for OHC for [...]
We are inviting you and all Occupational Health Nurses colleagues to the join Northeast Association of Occupational Health Nurses and one of the 10 NEAOHN States for FREE! Yes – that is correct, NO CHARGE if you live or work in our region! This is a limited time offer that runs until May 12, 2023 (Florence Nightingale's birthday - the original Occ Health Nurses because she cared for soldiers during [...]
Paul and I were proud to accept two awards at the 2023 Bread & Roses Community Appreciation Night. We received the Couple of the Year Award and OHC received a Partner Appreciation Award. We love working with Bread and Roses, a soup kitchen in Lawrence, MA!
MCNP Launching Committee on the History of the Massachusetts Nurse Practitioner Posted on 1/14/2023 Capturing and Preserving our NP History When the First Massachusetts NP program began some 55 years ago in 1968, the future of the role was far from clear. The history and path that NPs have tread in order to reach our current level of practice is essential to record and celebrate. The Preservation of our history [...]
The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, under contract with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), is now accepting applications for the MA Repay program. With funding from the American Rescue Plan and the Opioid Recovery and Remediation Trust Fund and a goal of supporting and retaining the behavioral-health and primary-care workforce, the program offers between $12.5K and $300K of educational loan repayment to eligible healthcare [...]
Congratulations to our very own, Nancy Clover for receiving the 2022 Profile in Courage Award! MaAOHN's write-up from their Facebook page: "Courage implies having the mental and moral strength to move though difficult times especially when facing the unknown. Resilience requires that through these challenges, you maintain control without wavering from your commitment. Creativity is marked by the power to create through deliberate or spontaneous thought. Professional Caring is [...]
We recently got a chance to visit some OHC companies! Here are some of the OHC nurses that Nicole was introduced to: Carla Collins, NP at Sanofi Cmabridge Jane Kelly, RN at Bristol Myer's Squibb Nurses Jill Blake & Nadia Tikhomirova at Sanofi in Cambridge Thanks to all for having us, it was wonderful getting to visit!
OHC is delighted to welcome our newest office team member, Kirsten McGurn! Kirsten is working part time and assists the team with creating new systems with the intention of growing the company. She creates and post new & open jobs on our various social media sites, as well as create the graphics that go along with the jobs. Kirsten supports OHC with general organization, mostly with hiring-related documents of new [...]
OHC Nurses are working all over to get folks vaccinated. Here are nurses Judy Wu, Kathy Murphy, Teresa Roberts, Laurel White, Esther Tan, and Vickie Chipman working at Brigham and Women's. OHC Nurses Lynn Shaw, Shauna Arapoff, and Nanci Wenger
OHC's nurse Sheila Wilson's Podcast: Stop Healthcare Violence. Sheila Wilson’s guest is Meredith Addison. She worked in the Emergency Room for 44 years and now is doing occupational medicine. Meredith and Sheila spoke about how she got involved in so many volunteer jobs Like volunteer philanthropist, volunteer board of directors, and volunteer member of Emergency Nurse. Meredith speaks freely about paying things forward and helping others when they are in [...]
OHC employees, Sydney Knoll & Maria Danna, are students at the U Mass TH Chan School of Medicine don their white coats for the first time. The white coat ceremony is a milestone for students studying to become advanced practice nurses. Congratulations Sydney & Maria! We know you are going to make great NPs!
Join us in welcoming Rachel Stotz to the OHC Operations Team. She will be working to support Nancy, Paul and Nicole in multiple ways – including billing, payroll, auditing, website maintenance and OHC social media presence. Rachel has worked for many years as a librarian and brings her organizational skills to the table. She will help Nicole to update some of our forms and processes. You will start to see [...]
Paul and I dropped off 8 boxes of medical supplies to join many other boxes. These are being shipped to Canada then flown to Poland and then will be transported to Ukraine. Our prayers and thoughts for the people of Ukraine and for peace.
We are so excited to have some nursing students from U Mass Boston join OHC. Students, Sophia Baldino and Taylor Le, are helping with fit testing at area hospitals: MGH, Melrose Wakefield and BI Plymouth. This is a great way for the students to learn new skills, build their resume and network. So happy to introduce a new generation of nurses to occupational health!
The Covid nurse repose team for Moderna acts a resource for all things Covid - questions on exposures, symptoms, testing and vaccines. Here are 2 of this super star team of nurses: Sydney Knoll and Maria Danna. Thank you Nurse Response Team for being Rock Stars!
OHC recently was able to hire a group of student nurses from U Mass Boston to help with fit testing at MGH. This is a great way to expose students to occupational health. This is Sophia Baldino using bitrex to get the fit testing equipment ready. Welcome to OHC Sophia!
Gail Morey – 15 years at OHC. Gail Morey RN, COHN-S has been part of OHC’s team since January 2007. She followed in her mothers footsteps as a nurse (Gail & Mom in photo). Gail has worked at for OHC at Bose Corporation, Astra Zeneca, Sanofi and currently helping out Bentley University. Gail has 2 adult children, it has been fun watching them grow up and graduate from college. She [...]
Thank you OHC nurses for helping with Covid-19 vaccines!!!! December marks the 1-year anniversary of COVID-19 vaccinations being recommended and administered in the United States. On December 11, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a vaccine to help prevent COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus in people age 16 years and older. Following this authorization, on December 12, 2020 the Advisory Committee [...]
OHC is helping with Covid-19 testing in Lynn, MA. The weather has been a challenge for the drive through testing site but we have come up with a solution! Kim Begin before. Katie Sutherland modeling the new walking pod.
Outbreak! coordinator, Teri Clover, was featured in this month's Region 7 member update for the Network of the National Library of Medicine's blog. We are grateful for @NLM_NIH's support of the program. Read more about Teri and her path to public health here: http://ow.ly/HsW750GSEwT
Had a great time speaking about Occupational Health to nurses via zoom from Worcester State University in the Masters of Nursing Program. What a bright group, engaging, thoughtful, asked great questions. Thank you Professor Stephanie Chalupka for the invite! What a special group.
Sheila Wilson RN has been amazing about taking new OHC nurses under her wing - she is a great mentor!!!!! Here she is with Julia Tom. Julia says: "I feel like I’ve learned so much from her and always have a great time at the Fan Pier Vertex site." Thanks Sheila for being an amazing nurse!
With a heavy heart, I am sorry to announce the passing of Vivian Hislop. Vivian was a 20 year employee of OHC, she retired in December of 2020 and passed away on September 21, 2021. She was the Occupational Health Nurse at Analog in Wilmington from 1982 until she joined OHC in 2001. She helped educated many nurses as an instructor at Beverly Hospital School of Nursing. She was the past president of [...]
Sheila Wilson, RN, works for OHC and she is also the President and CEO of Stop Healthcare Violence! www.StopHealthCareViolence.org She is featured on this wonderful video on the importance of self-care for nurses, https://fb.watch/72wkPNfHUh/ Thanks Sheila for always caring about the nurses!
Join us in welcoming our new Operations Manager, Nicole Cirino, to our team! Nicole joins Occupational Health Connections after two years with REI Co-Op as a Marketing and Grants Coordinator in Austin, TX. In that role, she curated and oversaw the nonprofit partnerships under REI's Local Grant Program and assisted in putting on outdoor classes/programs. Her background in partner, operations, and event management for companies like Whole Foods and Paint [...]
Esther Tan joined OHC last November to help keep workers safe during the covid crisis. Here is her story: Nursing School: I had always been drawn to the healthcare profession, so it is no wonder I ended up in one. After graduating from undergraduate, I pursued my master’s in clinical counseling and practiced crisis counseling and family therapy. I had noticed the false dichotomy between mental health and [...]
We are thrilled to be renewed as a women business enterprise (WBE) for another three years. Many thanks to the Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office for the renewal and recognition of Occupational Health Connections and our Founder/CEO, Nancy Clover. OHC is proud to be a women owned business!
Vickie Puopolo Chipman RN started with OHC last November and quickly became an integral part of the team. She has been working at Moderna, Insulet, and Pfizer. Her daughter, Ari, an EMT, joined us a few months later. Here is Vickie’s story: I’m not one to write about myself but here is my journey to nursing. I never wanted to be a nurse, secretary, or teacher, the jobs that were [...]
Colleen Cudgma RN joined us about a year ago. She has quickly become a valuable member of our team. Colleen has worked for us at Beth Israel in Plymouth, Brigham & Women’s and Insulet. Here is her story: Growing up, my aunt Linda, an LPN, used to visit my family every weekend before her 3-11 pm shift at the hospital. She was only 14 years older than me, [...]
Lisa Greene RN has worked for us twice – 2012 – 2014 and then returned to us in 2016 to present. We are always honored when the nurses return to us. Lisa has done a variety of assignments – Gillette, Beth Israel, Newton Wellesley, Dana Farber and Emerson Hospitals, Federal buildings, Novartis but she has definitely made a home at Children’s Hospital Occupational Health. Here is Lisa’s story: [...]
Please read Diane D’Onofrio’s nursing story – it will give you chills: I have been an RN since 1987. As a child, I spent a lot of time sitting in hospital waiting rooms as my mom visited my grandmother. I guess I always felt helpless because I couldn’t see her, yet I wanted her to get well and come home. I also had a great interest in watching [...]
Rita Banks RN has worked for OHC for 15 years!!! She makes me laugh every time I speak with her and she is always up for an adventure. Her OHC jobs have including working for the Federal government, U Mass Hospital, Solutia, Yankee Candle, Lowes Distribution Center, Smith & Wesson and more. We were so proud to go to Fenway Park to watch Rita throw out the first [...]
"It's the greatest feeling... I can't describe it." Our good pals Paul and Nancy Clover share a little about what they love about volunteering at Bread & Roses in this video! Paul and Nancy Clover have been involved with Bread & Roses for over 20 years. Nancy grew up in Lawrence on welfare and food stamps. She went to nursing school on a Pell Grant. The Clover’s are [...]
Kim Juric RN joined OHC about a year ago. She came at a perfect time as we were super busy, and she brought her expertise and a couple of friends to the OHC team! In her relatively short tenure, she has worked at multiple sites doing flu shots and covid vaccines, covid screenings and covid tracing including Insulet, Moderna, B&W, and BI Plymouth. She brings great energy and [...]
Lori Rumfelt RN has been a part of OHC for 2 years. Her story is inspiring including having climbed all 67 Four Thousand Foot New England Mountains - an amazing feat!!!!!!!!! We are very happy Lori joined OHC. Here is Lori's story: I became an RN when I was forty years old. It was a profession I always looked up to having an aunt that was an RN [...]
Maureen Persson RN joined OHC in 2003! Her enthusiasm and energy make her always welcome on assignments. It has been fun watching her grandchildren grow up and live vicariously with her amazing travels! Photo is Maureen with her husband, Jerry at one of OHC’s Holiday parties (I can’t wait until we can gather again) Here is Maureen’s story: As the oldest of a family of 5, there was [...]
Shauna Arapoff RN celebrated her 1 year anniversary with OHC in March. Shauna brought lots of experience with her and really stepped up to assist Siemens at the beginning of the pandemic. Shauna is thoughtful and caring and it is a pleasure working with her! Here is Shauna’s story: My Nursing career started while working at Tufts Medical Center as a Nurse Technician. It was there I realized [...]
Sandy Guilfoyle RN is the second longest OHC employee. She will be with OHC for 20 years on July 30th. She started as an LPN and went back to school for her RN. Sandy has been to more different sites than any other nurse. I cannot think of a client in Massachusetts that Sandy has not covered at. She is the first one to raise her hand for [...]
Richard Fontaine has been working for OHC for FIFTEEN years! He has worked at so many companies during his tenure: Federal government, Post Office, Biogen, Dana Farber, Newton Wellesley, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Astra Zeneca, Shire, and Liberty Mutual. His primary sites currently are Gillette and Sanofi. Richard’s dry sense of humor and knowledge of current events makes him wonderful to work with. Here is his story: I [...]
Kim Begin RN has worked for OHC for 4 years. She has done multiple sites including Raytheon, Liberty Mutual, Lahey Clinic, Commonwealth Care Alliance, Pfizer, Brooksby Village, and more. All of these sites always request Kim to return. Kim is flexible, hard working and helpful. We are grateful she is part of our team! Here is Kim’s inspiring story: I was a welfare brat! And lived in a [...]
Stephanie Grant joined OHC She has had the opportunity to work at Insulet, Gillette and doing COVID vaccines. The photo is of her giving her first covid vaccine! She approaches all assignments with an eagerness to learn. We are glad Stephanie is part of our team. Stephanie Grant Nursing Story: I graduated with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in 2016. After graduating, I began working as [...]
Carla Collins NP has been working with OHC since 2017. During this time she had an adorable baby boy. It has been fun working with Carla and watching Theo grow up. Here is Carla's story: I spent the year of 2007 travelling abroad, teaching English, and considering what to do with my life. As the daughter of a rural pediatrician I have always held a strong interest in [...]
Gail Maniscalco RN joined OHC is 2020 – she job shares with another nurse at the Siemen’s site in Tarrytown, NY. Here is Gail’s story: Just a summary of my history. I graduated from college with a psychology degree and a minor in biology. I had three children very quickly..... I worked at the New York telephone company for a short period and then stayed home with the [...]
Jane Kelly RN has been working with OHC for almost 3 years. She is one of the most creative nurses that we work with – always coming up with innovative ideas. She also has a large collection of ceramic frogs she keeps in her front yard and I laugh every time she gets a new one. Here is Jane Kelly’s story ... I loved science in high school, [...]
Judy Wu RN, BSN has been with OHC since 2013 - she has had assignments at multiple hospital sites including: Brigham & Women's, Beth Israel, Carney, Spaulding, Good Smartian, MGH, Dana Farber, and Lahey. As well as assignments for the Federal Government, Liberty Mutual and Shire. We are grateful to have Judy as part of or team! Judy Wu's story: I selected a nursing for my professional career [...]
Larry Reich RN, COHN-S Story I am a retired Army Nurse — Right after graduating Nursing School I went on active duty and have been assigned to many posts and positions During my last tour, I was assigned to Keller Army Hospital at West Point. The local Army Reserve Units would do their 2 weeks of active duty, working with us at Keller. I met a reservist that [...]
Sheila Wilson RN, BSN, MPH has been an OHC employee since 2013! Here is her story! It was May 1979. As I stood in line with my classmates to receive our diplomas, I could feel my emotions running high. I looked in the stands and saw the people that supported me and the tears just started running down my face. I am blessed, I am going to be [...]
Ellen's journey: The years, how fast they have gone by. Looking back over my nursing career, I see myself as a new grad from U.Mass Boston in 1986; floor nursing, supervisor, home health, employee health/infection control. I found I like working with people instead of bacteria/viruses and thus pursued employee health/ occupational health. A chance phone call from Nancy Clover at a manufacturing health services dept. I was [...]
May 1, 2020 was OHC’s 20th Birthday! A quick reflection: Started the business in my living room with a small desk, computer and a land line that also could fax (yup no cell phones yet) My son, Joey was 10 and my daughter, Teri, was 2. Paul was still working at Arthur D Little. I still work out of my living room but my desk now takes up 2 [...]
5 Questions You Should Ask Patients During An Occupational Health Hearing Screening An occupational hearing screening is highly important. Not only can it determine whether an employee is hearing well enough to perform their job duties, it can also help deduce if noise hazards in the workplace are causing a person hearing damage. A occupational hearing healthcare practitioner’s duty is to ensure nothing is missed during this examination. [...]