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2013 Nurse of the Year
Steve Marks is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Occupational Health Nurse at the Viking
Yacht Company. He graduated from the Germantown Hospital School of Nursing as
a diploma nurse, received his BSN from Immaculata University and his MSN from
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is a co-director for Region 3 in the
Steve enjoys family practice and is responsible for the employees and family members
of Viking. In addition, he has a small community practice that serves the members of
Township of Hamilton Rescue. Steve lectures on a variety of topics and is an Adjunct
Professor of Nursing at Stockton.
He has been married to his nursing school love for 29 years now, has two incredible
children, and a fuzzy therapy dog named Bridgette who sees patients with him daily.
2012 AAOHN Conference
Northeast Members Inducted
2012 Class of Fellows
Nancy Clover, North of Boston - (3rd from right)
Donna Ferreira, Central Mass - (2nd from right)
Landa PoainiDarocki, New Jersey - (2nd from left)
New Jersey State Chapter
Community Service Award
Pictured left to right:
Karen D'Amato, NJSAOHN President
Northeast Members at 2012 AAOHN Conference in Nashville
Congratulations to Mary Ganz on obtaining her COHN-S Certification, and to Scott McLarnon on passing his Nurse Practioner Boards.
The poster was designed to show a novel way to deliver healthcare in a
cost effective manner. The Township of Hamilton Rescue is considered a
small business and like many small businesses in this country,
affordable healthcare insurance options are not available.
In order to help employees, Steve Marks and his team built an exam room
in an underutilized space, equipped it with donated and used equipment,
and delivered primary and urgent care services at no cost to employees
of Hamilton Township Rescue and their families.
What makes this program unique is that there is a hybrid business
relationship with Viking Yachts. Viking employees and their families
can receive "after hours care" in the same office, and in return, Viking
provides immunizations and supplies.
And of course, there is Bridgette, the therapy dog, which makes all the
patients feel comfortable and loved, leading to better perceptions of
care and diminished stress.
NJ State Occupational Health Nurse Association announcements for March 2012, as presented at the Annual meeting at Snuffy's in Scotch Plains:
Landa A PoianiDarocki MSN, ANP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN has been awarded the Debra L Gibbon Nurse of the Year award. Landa works at Meridian Healthcare in Neptune, NJ. Currently she is Senior Manager of Meridian Occupational Health where she is responsible for the health and wellness of all of Meridian's employees as well as for the occupational health clients of Meridian.
Landa has worked tirelessly on the NJSAOHN Board, as well as initiated Community Outreach programs such as Support Our Troops, and The Wounded Warrior Project, bringing in many donations for our wounded soldiers in NJ.
Connie Kijek RN, BSN, COHN-S, received the Moore Medical Scholarship for her outstanding work in Occupational health. Connie works for Yoh Healthcare.
Christine Zichello ,RN,COHN-S,CSHM,ARM,FAAOHN, was honored with the Annual Kathy Dignan Scholarship award in March 2012. Christine works at PMA Insurance.
Jan Sigall RN, BSN,CIC, and Mary Ganz, RN, received the Founder's Scholarship in recognition of their work in Occupational Health. Jan presently works for Atlantic Health. Mary works at Johnson & Johnson at the Raritan campus as a contract Occupational Health Nurse.
Christine E. Milelli BSN., RN., COHN-S has passed the COHN-S exam to become a Certified Occupational Health Nurse. She has worked at Sanofi-Aventis for the past 4 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Christine is an experienced health care professional of 25 years with extensive background in NJ Healthcare, including 5 years of occupational health nursing experience in a corporate setting.
Landa PoianiDarocki MSN, APN-C, COHN has received the 2011 Medique Leadership Award at the Northeast Occupational Health Nurse (NEOHN ) Conference in Boston. She has worked for Meridian Health Occupational Health for 30 years. Landa earned her BSN from Seton Hall University and her MSN From Monmouth University and is an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She presently serves as President of NJHEHNA (NJ Hospital Employee Health Nurses Association) and as Region 2 Director for NJSAOHN (NJ State Association of Occupational Health Nurses)
Maryellen Dower BSN, RN, COHN-S /CM has obtained her Case Management Certification from American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. She is employed as Sr. Occupational Nurse at Bristol Myers Squibb, where she has worked for 9 years. She is a graduate of St Francis School of Nursing, Trenton, and received her BSN from Kean College in 2009.
Steven Marks MSN, RN, APN-C , COHN-S received a grant from NEOHN (Northeast Occupational Health Nurse Association) in December 2011 for his program: "Rescuing Healthcare - A Unique Approach to Occupational Health and Primary Care". This program focused on the need to provide services to uninsured members of Rescue personnel of Hamilton Township. Steve opened a Wellness Center Clinic for employees and their families. He obtained donated equipment and supplies, generic medications were stocked and a $4.00 prescription program was utilized. There was no charge for the Wellness Center users. Visits to the Wellness Center increased 400% between 2008 and 2010 and there is a projected 40% growth for 2011. Sick time decreased due to early intervention, treatment and accessibility.
Steve is a Family and Adult Nurse Practitioner and works for Viking Yacht Health Services as Administrator, Health and Safety Services. He attended school at Germantown Hospital, Immaculata University, and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
The ABOHN Board of Directors' welcomes three new members of the Board. The new Directors are Paula Clay, RN, MPH, COHN/CM/SM of Gainesville, GA, Margaret Manuszak, RN, MS FAAOHN, COHN-S/CM of Millsboro, DE and New Jersey's Christine Zichello, RN, BS, CSHM, ARM, FAAOHN, COHN-S of Kinnelon, NJ.
ABOHN Board of Directors
The ABOHN Board of Directors is searching for new Board members. In order to qualify for a Board position you must be certified as an occupational health nurse. Application packets for the Board positions are available on the ABOHN website at www.abohn.org, under the heading ABOUT US/ Board of Directors. The deadline for applications has been extended until August 31.
We are currently looking for individuals in the Mountain Western, South Eastern and the At Large regions of the country. Credential holders working in the Federal, Public Health, Universities, Technology and Construction areas are encouraged to represent their areas of expertise on the ABOHN Board.
Congratulations to Janet Pilewski, RN
Janet received her COHN certification. Janet works for Atlantic Health Corporation and has been assigned to the Bayer Healthcare Division since 2000. She just received a Red Cross Heroes Recognition for the Bayer Blood Drives.
- Nancy Kelley Greberis RN, BSN, COHN-S for her recent certification in Case Management. Nancy is employed at Bristol Myers Squibb.
- Jan Sigall RN, BSN, CIC, COHN-S for her recent certification in Occupational Health Nursing (COHN-S). Jan works for Atlantic Health System, Morristown, NJ and is currently working at Sanofi-Aventis.
- Pat Emanuele R.N., MSN, COHN-S for her recent publication in the AAOHN Journal for September 2010 titled: Antibiotic Resistance. Pat is employed by Atlantic Health System, Morristown, NJ, and works at Chubb Insurance Co.
Received the North East Medique Leadership Award 2008 - 2009.
Pat Emanuele, R.N., MSN, COHN-S
Received a Golden Pen Award from SLACK, Inc., the publisher for the AAOHN Journal for the article she wrote on
DVT that was published in September of 2008. Also, Pat Emanuele, R.N., MSN, COHN-S is now on the editorial
review panel for the AAOHN Journal. This is a very huge honor for Pat and NJSAOHN would like to congratulate
her on all her accomplishments along with her devotion, time and effort that she is always willing to give to our association.
Sandra Cinque, RN, BA, COHN-S/CM
was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Occupational Health Nurses at the 2009 AAOHN annual convention.
Debra Lynn Gibbon Nurse of the Year Award
Patricia Emanuele, R.N., MSN, COHN-S
Patricia Emanuele, RN, MSN, COHN-S - Antibiotic Resistance
Patricia Emanuele, RN, MSN, COHN-S - Deep Vein Thrombosis
Christine Zichello, RN, COHN-S, CSHM, ARM, FAAOHN - Occupational Health Nurses and Worker's Compensation Insurance Programs
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