September 16, 2019
Message from AOHNA President on Logo Redesign and 2020 Conference
Submit your ideas by October 15, 2019!
Dear AOHNA member,

The Alberta Occupational Health Nurses’ Association is your organization. We recognize that OHNs are a diverse group representing a diverse population with diverse needs. With this in mind we want to update and rebrand the organization so that it truly reflects AOHNA as we move forward into 2020.

Your input is important and valued so I want to ask you to channel your inner designer/artist and come up with a new logo and tag line for AOHNA. With the submission of your design, provide a short narrative as to the inspiration for your design.

You may be asking, ‘What is in it for me?’ The person who submits the ‘winning’ logo and tag line will be given kudos and recognition by your colleagues and the Executive. Your logo will be on the website, will be front and centre at the conference and will be our brand going forward. 

Please submit your designs and tag lines to by October 15, 2019. 

Also, we are excited to be putting together another AOHNA Conference in 2020! We are looking to find an enthusiastic individual as Conference Chair (or Co-Chair) to lead these efforts. If you are interested. please contact Kristi Hines at .
AOHNA Chapter Events Launched!
Message from Caitlyn Ruel, North Central Chapter Representative
Join us on September 19, 2019!
The North Central Chapter has a  NEW  central email: . I would like to thank everyone for all responses to the online opinion survey sent out at the beginning of August. Feedback is always welcomed and can be sent directly to the gmail account.

Please join us for our first event of the season with food, drinks, networking, fun and education. In preparation for influenza season we will be breaking down the myths and facts of the influenza virus and the vaccine. The even will be held on Thursday September 19, 2019 at 6:00pm at Sorrentino’s West (6867 170 St. NW). Food and drinks will be available for purchase and up to the individual to pay - there will be no further charge for this event. This will be open to members, non-members, Occupational Health Nurses and others in related fields. Please RSVP by September 17th to .
Northwest Chapter Event
RNs, NPs and LPNs Invited to Chapter Event on September 30, 2019!
Please join us on September 30, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a web presentation by Beth Woytas from Okaki who will be discussing the following:

  • information on the new Immunization Regulation and how to comply
  • benefits of the new regulation
  • demystifying immunization data flow in AB and the differences between AHS, AH, Netcare, ImmARI
  • immunization data quality - what is required for electronic submission and common issues

A brief chapter meeting will follow the presentation. This educational evening is open to anyone working or interested in Occupational Health, including RNs, NPs, LPNs. Please contact Kim Kimpe , Northwest Chapter Representative, for more information.
South Central Chapter - How to Build a Brain Workshop
November 14, 2019 - Registration Now Open!
Workshop by Nicole Sherren (Scientific Director, Palix Foundation) on the core story of brain development, including the impact of toxic stress on health and wellness.
Abstract:  How to Build a Brain - Converging lines of evidence from neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, and the social sciences tell us that early experiences are literally built into our brains and bodies to affect a lifetime of learning and health, for good or for ill. This has profound implications for policies, programs, and services that support children and families. In this session, you will learn how brains are built: what kind of experiences promote healthy brain architecture, what kind of experiences derail it, and how these experiences get "under our skins" to affect learning, health, and social outcomes across the life span.
Bio:  Dr. Nicole Sherren is the Scientific Director and Senior Program Officer with the Palix Foundation. She has a PhD in Neuroscience from Carleton University and moved to Alberta in 2003 to hold an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research/Neuroscience Canada research fellowship at the University of Lethbridge. Her research focus includes experience-based brain development, neurodevelopmental disorders, and brain plasticity. Nicole joined the Palix Foundation in 2007 to focus on mobilizing scientific knowledge into policy and clinical practice. She lends her expertise to a number of working committees and community projects across Alberta and also serves as a board director for Calgary Alpha House Society.
Facilitated activity:    Brain Architecture Game  - This interactive session helps illustrate the learnings from earlier in the day. The Brain Game is an interactive activity based on decades worth of scientific research on how experiences are built into our brains and bodies to affect a lifetime of learning and health, for good or for ill. Participants work in small groups to build a model brain out of pipe cleaners and straws based on the life experiences they draw at random from a deck of cards. The object of the game is to build as tall and as strong a structure as possible, but watch out: as your brain ages, the rules change and your negative experiences are represented by small weights that need to hang from the structure without toppling it over!

Join us on November 14, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at The Hyatt Regency (700 Centre Street SE in Calgary)
9:30 to 10:00: Introductions and updates
10:00 to 11:30: How to build a brain
11:30 to 12:00: Lunch
12:00 to 1:30: The Brain Game

Cost: $45.00 (members) including lunch
*The $45.00 fee associated with this event will be used to cover venue and food cost.
DriverCheck 2nd Annual Fitness for Duty Summit
October 2-3, 2019 in Edmonton
DriverCheck is currently gearing up for their 2 nd Annual Fitness for Duty Summit. This year’s event will be held in Edmonton, Alberta on October 2 and 3. The inaugural event held last year in Milton, Ontario, hosted 350 attendees and received an overwhelmingly positive response. This year’s event is expected to be even bigger!

This educational, two-day event will address some of the workplace challenges employers face in their effort to create a healthy and safe work environment. Delivering an abundance of valuable information, useful resources, and expert insight, this year’s lineup of diverse speakers will touch on a variety of relevant topics, both from physical and mental health perspectives. There will be hundreds of health and safety professionals, and healthcare providers attending from a variety of safety-sensitive industries including oil and gas, transportation, construction, mining, transit, rail, aviation and forestry.

Topics covered will include:
  1. Removing the Mask: Creating Wellness in the Workplace
  2. Cannabis in the Workplace: 1 Year Later
  3.  Recent Rulings: Implications for Company Alcohol and Drug Policies
  4.  Continuing the Quest for an Impairment Test
  5.  Random Testing Programs – A Panel Discussion
  6.  Healthy Minds, Healthy Workplace – Psychological Health & Safety in Your Organization
  7. Opioid Use & Workplace Safety
  8. Making the Most of Your Employee Assistance and Substance Abuse Programs
  9. Injury Management: Easing the Pain
  10. Supervisor Training (Reasonable Cause) – a certificate will be awarded at the end of the training
Space is limited and tickets will be approved on a first come, first serve basis. The price of admission is $625 plus applicable taxes. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days, and DriverCheck will be hosting a social gathering in the evening of October 2 nd . A block of rooms has been reserved at the Delta Hotel by Marriott Edmonton South, where the Summit is being held. To learn more about this event or register, visit:
If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Gouveia, Marketing Coordinator.
Nurses Connecting Worker Health with YOUR Community!
The OHN Open House Committee is looking for vendors, speakers and sponsors for this event.
  • Our Target Calgary audience are immigrants, students and the volunteer population. Essentially everyone!
  • Our goal is to educate the public about what WE as OHN’s bring to our community (how we link the workplace with the community and family through health and safety initiatives)

OHNs interested in giving a 15 minute public education session during the event are invited to send their topics to Brenda Olaya-Bowman . If you have an idea for a vendor or sponsor for this event please contact Tracy Aiello  or  Shelly Bischoff .

If you can spare time on that day to attend and assist at the event please contact Tracy ! We are looking at having an OHN FAQ booth.

Save the date! We would love to have you help to put a face to Occupational Health Nursing!
Member Spotlight

Would you like to nominate a colleague to be featured in AOHNA's  Member Spotlight  ? If so, please email

Click  here to read about members previously featured in the Member Spotlight.
September 2019 OHS eNews

Click here to read the September 2019 OHS eNews , which includes useful information and many great links!
Join the Discussion on the Occupational Health Nursing Forum!
Have an OHN related practice question? Looking for a resource? Or Have a really great one to share? Post about it on the Occupational Health Nursing Forum .

Discussion forums include:
  • Legislation
  • Privacy
  • Health Promotion
  • Safety Management
  • Mental Health
  • Disability Management
  • Health Surveillance
  • Primary Care
  • Ergonomics
  • Industrial Hygiene

Visit to join the discussion!
Sponsor Spotlight: Syncrude
Know someone who deserves a High Five?

AOHNA invites members to provide Tracy Aiello with information on “shout-outs” that they want to give to other AOHNA members or OHN students who have been especially helpful or whom they feel deserve recognition. They may receive a Facebook thank you or a hand-written card thanking them for their contributions. 
2019 Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention National Conference
October 16-18, 2019 in Edmonton
The   Centre for Suicide Prevention  and  CMHA Edmonton  will be co-hosting the 30th annual  Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention Conference  at the Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton. 

Early Bird pricing is $350 for those who register and pay by September 30, 2019.

All are welcome to attend the conference: suicide attempt survivors, survivors of suicide loss, caregivers, researchers, clinicians and communities interested in suicide prevention. 

To learn more or to register visit the  CASP website .
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