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News From Nancy Clover RN, COHN-SOctober 25, 2011
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    PO Box 2106 * Methuen, MA 01844      Tel: 978-686-9739 * Fax: 978-258-2682

    E-mail: nancy@OccHealthConnections.com







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    As many of you know, Halloween is my favorite holiday but this year I am very sad. My daughter, Teri, and her friends have decided that they are too old for Halloween. So this year I will not be having my Haunted House. It is amazing how fast things change.


    I do wish you all a spooky Halloween.

    Take care,


    Nancy Clover RN, COHN-S
    Occupational Health Connections
    978-686-9739    Fax: 978-258-2682
    PO Box 2106   Methuen, MA 01844

    Job Opportunities

    Please let me know if you know of anyone interested in these positions. I am always happy to pay a referral bonus if the nurse is hired.


    For additional information on these positions go to www.OccHealthConnections.com 


    Job # 11-067

    Position: Health Promotion Manager

    Location: New Bedford, MA area


    Job # 11-071

    Position: College Health Nurse ( RN or experienced LPN )

    Location: Buzzards Bay, MA


    Job # 11-075

    Position: Employee Health / Infection Control Nurse ( RN )

    Location: Stoughton, MA


    Job # 11-065

    Position: Health Educator

    Location: Lynn, MA


    Job # 11-066

    Position: RN: Director of Worksite Programs

    Location: Woburn, MA


    Job # 11-068

    Position: Program Manager

    Location: Woburn, MA


    Job # 11-064

    Position: Clinic nurse - RN, part time

    Location: Waltham, MA


    Job # 11-078

    Position:  RN - 6 hr/wk

    Location:  Chevy Chase, MD


    Job # 11-079

    Position:  NP or PA

    Location:  Baltimore, MD


    Job # 11-060

    Position:  NP or PA

    Location:  Towanda, PA 


    Job # 11-080

    Position:  NP or PA

    Location:  Pueblo, CO


    Job # 11-073

    Position:  Nurse Practitioner ( NP )

    Location: Mountain View, CA


    Job # 11-074

    Position:  Health Coach ( RN )

    Location: Mountain View, CA


    Job # 11-076

    Position:  Medical Assistant

    Location: Mountain View, CA


    Job # 11-077

    Position:  Nurse Practitioner ( NP )

    Location: Santa Monica, CA



     For additional information on these positions go to our   website  www.OccHealthConnections.com and click on the job or
    contact Nancy Clover RN, COHN-S at 978-686-9739 or nancy@occhealthconnections.com





    Educational Opportunities

     Free CNE:


    FREE: Structural Empowerment: Boosting Professional Practice

    The goal of this structural empowerment program is to inform nurses of the significance of structural empowerment in an organization and its impact on nurses' professional work experience.





    Everyone is invited!
    Please invite a colleague to join us.


    Nov 3: Respirator Fit Testing Workshop

    Pittsburg, PA   http://www.mctownsend.com


    Nov 3-4 Missouri State AOHN conference


    Nov 4: CT State AOHN Conference

    Cromwell, CT  marguerite.gildea@pw.utc.com


    Nov 4: Safe Patient Handling Conference

    Concord, NH  www.mcauleymedical.com


    Nov 4-5: Sports Medicine Symposium

    Boston, MA https://cme.med.harvard.edu/index.asp?SECTION=CLASSES&ID=03114399&SO=N



    Waltham, MA http://www.nebh.org/professional-resources/clinical-education/symposium-2011/default.aspx


    Nov 4: Utah AOHN conference Analytical Tools for Evaluating Musculoskeletal Hazards

    Salt Lake City, UT  http://www.uaohn.org/


    Nov 5: Medical Screening for Police/Security/Emergency response

    Baltimore, MD www.jhsph.edu/erc/mcoemupdate.html


    Nov 7: Latest updates and issues regarding FMLA and ADA 

    Springfield, MA www.MaAOHN.org 


    Nov 10:Functional Restoration Helping People Get Back on Their Feet & Back to Work

    Lebanon, NH http://www.cmsne.org


    Nov 15:North of Boston AOHN  Knees: A Guide for the OHN

    Woburn, MA  www.MaAOHN.org


    Nov 15-16: Two-Day Lab Safety Short Course

    Natick, MA www.LabSafetyInstitute.org


    Nov 15-17 (recert Nov 16): Hearing Conservation Course

    Windsor, CT  www.gordonhearing.com


    November 15: Arizona Kachina OH Nurses Meeting

    Tucson, AZ


    Nov 14-16: NIOSH Approved Spirometry Course

    Pittsburgh, PA http://www.mctownsend.com/index.html


    Nov 16: NH State Occ health Meeting

    Manchester, NH  Barbara.M.Bradford@hitchcock.org


    Nov 18: New Hampshire Tuberculosis Conference

    Concord, NH  Lisa.b.roy@dhhs.state.nh.us


    Dec 1 & 2:Don't forget to sign up for the NECOEM/MaAOHN/NECOEM conference Dec 1 & 2.

    Newton, MA  www.NECOEM.com  this is a terrific conference. 

    Make sure you also sign up for the casino night on Thursday Dec 1, food, music and fun gambling (fake chips) for prizes.


    Dec 13: Spirometry refresher

    Tampa, FL  www.drmckay.com

    OSHA Info:


    1. OSHA has just released a new revised Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard osha 3384-09 2011. You can order up to 5 copies at http://www.osha.gov/pls/publications/publication.html - type 3384 into the search space
    2. NIOSH post safe patient handling on the web.

    Overexertion incidents are the leading source of workers' compensation claims and costs in healthcare settings. The primary outcome associated with such incidents are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).



    Send your Information to share to: nancy@occhealthconnections.com



     Information to Share

     1. Nurses needed to review the National Prevention Strategy and share examples of successful prevention and wellness programs they are engaged in with her, for the Advisory Committee's use going forth. She can be reached at susan_m_swider@rush.edu



    2. Get involved and share your commitment to help prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the next five years.


    J&J's Campaign for Nursing's Future is creating a mosaic image that celebrates the nursing profession. Submit photo  http://campaignfornursing.com/portraitofthanks/


    3. Go Red for Women: RE: a little film about a little heart attack



     4. CDC'S National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) has a safety Component manuel



    5. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Medical Examiner Handbook



    6. Want to improve your splinting technique? Here are four tips in  #PAWeek video: http://bit.ly/o0wjLY



    Fun Flu stuff:


    UMass Flash mob of clinicians raising awareness for flu shots



    Here is our flu fighter campaign on you tube. Please feel free to forward it to other occ health people you know.





    November is Diabetes Month:   



    November Is Diabetes Awareness Month. The American Diabetes Association has developed a number of educational tools and resources that can help you and your patients be successful:

    In addition to using the tools listed above, we invite you and your patients to visit StopDiabetes.com

    TB info:  
     CDC, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination has released of the 5th edition of the Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis: What the Clinician Should Know.



    Some of this info comes from the CDC and from the TB control person. 



    1)      MMWR From the Quality Control procedure checklist from CDC

    Prefilling syringes is not recommended.  Tuberculine is absorbed in varying amounts by glass and plastic.  To minimize reduction in potency, tuberculine should be administered as soon after the syringe has been filled as possible. 


    I also spoke to the TB control person and she said each dose needs to be drawn up just before it is given.

    Bottom line: Draw it up in front of the patient and give it immediately, no prefilling.


    2)      MMWR: Tuberculin should be kept refrigerated.

    This is from the TB control person:  Tuberculin should not be kept in the door but in the main part of the refrigerator, not against the wall or near an air vent.  If you are doing a clinic and you do not have a cooler, you can keep a cool pack on the table and place the vial in its box on top of the cool pack.  Do not place the cool pack on top of the vial.


    Refrigerators need daily temperature checks and need to be kept on a log.



    3)      MMWR: Tuberculin should be stored in the dark as much as possible.

    TB Control person: After you draw up the tuberculine the vial should be returned to its box.  It should be stored in the refrigerator in its box.


    4)      When can a TST be placed if other vaccines are also being administered (e.g., measles, varicella, yellow fever, and smallpox)? A TST should be administered either on the same day as vaccination with live virus or 4--6 weeks later. Vaccines that might cause a false-negative TST result are measles, varicella, yellow fever, smallpox, BCG, mumps, rubella, oral polio, oral typhoid, and live-attenuated influenza.  This means you must ask if the have had Flu Mist


    5)      Should gloves be worn when placing TST? Specific CDC recommendations do not exist regarding this topic. If your local area indicates that universal precautions should be practiced with skin testing, the local areas should determine what precautions should be followed in their setting.



    6)      If an HCW in a setting has a latex allergy, should this person receive a TST? A person with a latex allergy can receive a TST when latex-free products are used. Latex allergy can be a contraindication to skin testing if the allergy is severe and the products used to perform the test (e.g., syringe plungers, PPD antigen bottle stopper, and gloves) contain latex. Latex-free products are, however, usually available. If a person with a latex allergy does have a TST performed using products or equipment that contain latex, interpretation of the TST results can be difficult, because the TST reaction might be the result of the latex allergy, reaction to PPD, or a combination of both. Consider repeating the TST using latex-free products or use BAMT.


    7)      Should the TST site be covered with an adhesive bandage? No, avoid covering the TST site with anything that might interfere with reading the TST result (e.g., adhesive bandages, cream, ointment, lotion, liquids, and medication).