President’s Message: Annual Meeting November 17, 2016

Good morning! Welcome to our NJSAOHN Annual Meeting. It is my privilege today to represent NJSAOHN as your president. My first order of business is to thank the voluntary Board of Directors (BOD) for their time and dedication to our organization. We all know the struggle of work life balance but they continue to service.

We had representation at both the National AAOHN and NEAOHN conferences! Again this year we had members who were faculty as well as award recipients.

Each year since 1991, the Medique Leadership Award has recognized occupational health nurses who, as determined by his/her peers, have exhibited the highest qualities of leadership and participation in their State Association of Occupational Health Nurses and in other professional activities. The Medique Leadership Awards are presented at the North East AOHN conference. Pictured below are 5 out of the 9 state award recipients along with the vendor.

The 2016 NJSAOHN recipient Sara T. Ingraffia RN, MA, APN-C, COHN-S is pictured below in bottom row on right. She is also responsible for our conference CNE’s!

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Steve Marks RN, APN, COHN-S, FAAOHN is a 2016 NEAOHN Conference Grant Awardee.

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Please take the time to review the websites of NJSAOHN, NEAOHN and AAOHN for available scholarship and grant opportunities in 2017. AAOHN’s Foundation Scholarship Packet is available as well as Individual and Business Awards. All applications can be found on AAOHN’s website and are due December 1, 2016. Additionally the NEAOHN website has several pictures of NJSAOHN members who were in attendance for the conference that is always fun to look at.

We have come so far and continue to grow and establish ourselves as experts in the field of occupational health, safety and environment. Unfortunately we continue our struggle to get members involved. Please consider getting involved with the Board of Directors, all are welcome and needed. The Board only meets 6 times a year and with the advantage of technology can do so by conference call. As a board member of the NEAOHNs all of our meetings were conducted on the phone. I strongly encourage you to get involved, seize the opportunity to have a say as well as grow within our professional organization.

Today’s programs were presented at National and since only a few NJ members attended National we are pleased to bring them to you today and thank both Kim and Steve for doing so. I challenge you to submit a lecture or poster presentation for National! Make it a professional and/or personal goal! I’m so proud to share that one of the nurses that I work with will be a first time presenter at National in 2017! Way to go Lisa Deeves RN, BSN, COHN-S. Also Steve Marks DNP, RN, APN, COHN-S, FAAOHN will be presenting again this year.

Save the dates: AAOHN 2017 National Conference April 24-27 th at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans; 2017 NEAOHN Conference October 4-6, at the Norwich Inn in Connecticut; 2017 NJSAOHN TBA.

We hope you all have the shared focus to sustain and enhance Occupational Health Nursing as a growing profession in New Jersey while promoting the health, wellbeing and safety of our workforces. We count on your feedback and participation in surveys which drives our response to your educational needs.

I hope you have had the opportunity to visit our supportive vendors and talk to the students who benefit from our Community Service Project: Kids’ Chance of New Jersey. The organization provides scholarship grants for college and vocational education to children of NJ workers who have been fatally or catastrophically injured in a work related accident, resulting in a financial need for the family. How near and dear is this cause to our profession and organization!

It has been an honor and a rewarding experience to serve as your president. I have had the privilege of working with such a dedicated group of board members. I sincerely appreciate and thank them for their hard work and past support.

Respectfully,
Landa A. PoianiDarocki Rn, MSN, APN-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN

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