Essentials in Return to Work Issues: A Manufacturing Worker With Prostate Cancer
To manage potential disabilities, the occupational and environmental health nurse has an extensive understanding of disability issues, provides functional worker assessments, and meets business requirements. They appropriately assess worker health issues and offer creative solutions to address both worker and business needs. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 28, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Sandal, C. L. Tags: Current Topics Source Type: research

Respiratory Protection Toolkit: Providing Guidance Without Changing Requirements--Can We Make an Impact?
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Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 28, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: CE Module Source Type: research

Respiratory Protection Toolkit: Providing Guidance Without Changing Requirements--Can We Make an Impact?
International travel and infectious respiratory illnesses worldwide place health care workers (HCWs) at increasing risk of respiratory exposures. To ensure the highest quality safety initiatives, one health care system used a quality improvement model of Plan-Do-Study-Act and guidance from Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) May 2015 Hospital Respiratory Protection Program (RPP) Toolkit to assess a current program. The toolkit aided in identification of opportunities for improvement within their well-designed RPP. One opportunity was requiring respirator use during aerosol-generating procedures for...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 28, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Bien, E. A., Gillespie, G. L., Betcher, C. A., Thrasher, T. L., Mingerink, D. R. Tags: Continuing Education Source Type: research

Ergonomic Risk Factors and Their Association With Lower Back and Neck Pain Among Pharmaceutical Employees in Iran
This study included 396 employees who worked in packaging units of pharmaceutical companies. The Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire and the rapid upper limb assessment (RULA) were used to generate data. This study showed an association between LBP, RULA scores, and workers’ education. For neck pain, an association was found with age, gender, and subjective questions about working posture (mostly sitting/standing or alternating between the two). Absence from work more than 3 days, which could have been associated with pain, was significantly associated with both disorders. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 28, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Labbafinejad, Y., Imanizade, Z., Danesh, H. Tags: Research Articles Source Type: research

Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention for New Nurses
Nurses continue to sustain musculoskeletal injuries even with increased emphasis on safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) and organizational cultures of safety to protect health care workers. Analysis of data from 2011-2014 registered nurse graduates explored hospital safety culture, SPHM education/training, and incidence of new-nurse musculoskeletal injury. Results indicated hospitals provided some type of SPHM education and training, but 46% of study participants were not informed or aware of national SPHM standards or guidelines. Merely 13.9% of participants stated a written "no manual lifting policy" had ...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 28, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Vendittelli, D., Penprase, B., Pittiglio, L. Tags: Research Articles Source Type: research

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Respiratory Protection Education Program and Resources Webkit for Occupational Health Professionals
This article describes the development, content, and success of this training. To date, 724 participants have completed the training, 32.6% of whom lead their organization’s respiratory protection program, 15.3% who indicated they will lead a program in the near future, and 52% who did not lead a program, but indicated that the training was relevant to their work. The majority "strongly agreed" the training was applicable to their work and it enhanced their professional expertise. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 28, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Pompeii, L., Byrd, A., Delclos, G. L., Conway, S. H. Tags: Professional Practice Source Type: research

Osteoporosis
Occupational and environmental health nurses should educate workers about healthy lifestyle choices such as proper nutrition and exercise to prevent osteoporosis and reduce the risk of fractures. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 9, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Randolph, S. A. Tags: Current Topics Source Type: research

Methylmercury Exposure in Women of Childbearing Age and Children
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Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 9, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: CE Module Source Type: research

Methylmercury Exposure in Women of Childbearing Age and Children
As frontline clinicians, occupational and environmental health nurses play an important role in educating workers and the public about the dangers and toxic effects of environmental contaminants. One of these contaminants is methylmercury, which enters the body through the consumption of contaminated fish and seafood. Methylmercury affects the central nervous system where it may cause psychiatric disturbances, ataxia, neuropathy, and visual and hearing loss. Because their central nervous systems are rapidly developing, the most vulnerable subgroups are infants in utero, babies, and young children. Pregnant women and nursin...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 9, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Colvin, N. E., Mahan, P. L., Harris, J. Tags: Continuing Education Source Type: research

Culturally Sensitive Education Can Decrease Hispanic Workers Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a continuing problem in the United States, and the Hispanic population is at increased risk of developing complications from this disease process. Many of the workers at a South Jersey yacht-building company are Hispanic, and a culturally sensitive education program was implemented to improve their overall health. Program assessments included the Latino Dietary Behavior Questionnaire (LDBQ), anthropomorphic measurements, and laboratory studies both pre and post intervention. The intervention included a Spanish-language lecture on metabolic syndrome and healthy nutrition, followed by an interactive cul...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 9, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Marks, S. Tags: Research Articles Source Type: research

Security Personnel Practices and Policies in U.S. Hospitals: Findings From a National Survey
Concerns of violence in hospitals warrant examination of current hospital security practices. Cross-sectional survey data were collected from members of a health care security and safety association to examine the type of personnel serving as security in hospitals, their policies and practices related to training and weapon/restraint tool carrying/use, and the broader context in which security personnel work to maintain staff and patient safety, with an emphasis on workplace violence prevention and mitigation. Data pertaining to 340 hospitals suggest security personnel were typically non-sworn officers directly employed (7...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 9, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Schoenfisch, A. L., Pompeii, L. A. Tags: Research Articles Source Type: research

How the Non-Work Environment Can Affect Worker and Family Health
This article addresses some of the major exposures employees encounter outside the workplace—air, water, and soil pollution, and hazardous wastes—including a discussion of several well-known national and international environmental incidents. The major sources of these pollutants and how they contaminate the environment were investigated. Finally, risk assessment and communication along with effective strategies for educating employees and the community are presented. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 9, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Rittle, C. Tags: Professional Practice Source Type: research

Response
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Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 9, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Gilliam, T. B. Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research

Concerns With Medical and Pharmacy Costs for New Hire Nurses Following a Physical Strength Evaluation Screening in a Large Health System
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Source: Workplace Health and Safety - November 9, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Burchill, C. N., McClelland, M., Siegmund, L. A. Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research

Workplace Romance Can Be Sexual Harassment: Time to Mandate Preventive and Protective Sensitivity Training
Sensitivity training for workplace romance (WPR) and sexual harassment (SHM) across workplaces should be mandated because this knowledge may protect employees and employers by preventing workplace romanticism–sexism. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - October 16, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Gupta, D., Pallekonda, V. Tags: Current Topics Source Type: research

Depression in Registered Nurses: A State of the Science
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Source: Workplace Health and Safety - October 16, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: CE Module Source Type: research

Depression in Registered Nurses: A State of the Science
Registered nurses suffer from depression at almost twice the rate of individuals in other professions. Major depression affects both employees and organizations. Depression is linked to increases in work absenteeism, short-term disability, and decreased productivity and presenteeism. Depression experienced by registered nurses may not be fully preventable, but realizing its presence and prevalence in the workplace is of vital importance. It is essential that we have a healthy, vibrant, and present registered nurse workforce to ensure that quality patient outcomes are achieved. This review of 36 articles assesses the curren...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - October 16, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Brandford, A. A., Reed, D. B. Tags: Continuing Education Source Type: research

Burnout and Engagement: Relative Importance of Predictors and Outcomes in Two Health Care Worker Samples
This study’s purpose was twofold: first, to examine the relative importance of job demands and resources as predictors of burnout and engagement, and second, the relative importance of engagement and burnout related to health, depressive symptoms, work ability, organizational commitment, and turnover intentions in two samples of health care workers. Nurse leaders (n = 162) and licensed emergency medical technicians (EMTs; n = 102) completed surveys. In both samples, job demands predicted burnout more strongly than job resources, and job resources predicted engagement more strongly than job demands. Engagement held mo...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - October 16, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Fragoso, Z. L., Holcombe, K. J., McCluney, C. L., Fisher, G. G., McGonagle, A. K., Friebe, S. J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Employment Maintenance and Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major public health problem in the United States. Negative outcomes of IPV affect women’s attainment and maintenance of employment. The purpose of this study was to develop a theoretical framework that described and explained the process by which women who have experienced IPV attain and maintain employment. Grounded theory methodology was used to analyze interviews of 34 women who had experienced IPV. Analysis suggested that women who had experienced IPV could attain employment; however, they had difficulty maintaining employment. Entanglement of work and IPV was experienced by a...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - October 16, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Borchers, A., Lee, R. C., Martsolf, D. S., Maler, J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

An Update on Travel Vaccines and Issues in Travel and International Medicine
This article summarizes three of the presentations and includes a portion of the information generated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) included in the fourth presentation. The first section focuses on the Essential Elements of Travel Medicine Programs including the pre-travel care assessment, trip research and risk identification, medication intervention review, non-pharmaceutical and prevention strategies, and post-travel care. The next section is an overview of key issues for business travelers. The growth in the number of international business travelers and unique aspects of business travel are ...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - October 16, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Rogers, B., Bunn, W. B., Connor, B. A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Obesity, Prediabetes, and Perceived Stress in Municipal Workers
The primary cause of death for men and women in the United States is heart disease. Obesity and diabetes are major contributors to heart disease, and the risk is worsened in the presence of stress. It is clinically useful to identify predictors of obesity and prediabetes in a working population. The purpose of this current cross-sectional, correlational study was to examine relationships among obesity, prediabetes, and perceived stress in municipal workers using a subset of worksite wellness program data from employees screened in 2010 and 2011. Multiple regression models indicated that age, gender, race, HA1c, shift sched...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - October 16, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: OKeefe, L. C., Brown, K. C., Frith, K. H., Heaton, K. L., Maples, E. H., Phillips, J. A., Vance, D. E. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Shoulder Pain Assessment for the Occupational Health Nurse
Shoulder pain is a common complaint in the workplace. A shoulder condition may arise from acute trauma or non-traumatic work-related activities. Shoulder pain falls into three categories: acute, chronic, and referred pain. The occupational health nurse can document detailed health histories and focused complaint-driven physical examinations. Nurses’ expert assessments can guide injured workers to necessary treatment, case management, and return to full employment. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - October 16, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Kooienga, S. A., Rasmor, M. Tags: Professional Practice Source Type: research

Ischemic Stroke
Occupational health nurses play a valuable role in educating workers and supervisors about the risk factors and warning signs of ischemic stroke. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - September 11, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Randolph, S. A. Tags: Current Topics Source Type: research

Progressing From Metformin to Sulfonylureas or Meglitinides
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Source: Workplace Health and Safety - September 11, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: CE Module Source Type: research

Progressing From Metformin to Sulfonylureas or Meglitinides
The article provides an overview of sulfonylureas and meglitinides as second-line agents for treating type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Implications for occupational health clinicians who work with these individuals when they take either of these medications to achieve target glycemic indices are emphasized. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - September 11, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Grant, J. S., Graven, L. J. Tags: Continuing Education Source Type: research

Tensions of Health: Narratives of Employee Wellness Program Participants
This article examines dialectical tensions in the health narratives of participants of the Employee Wellness Program (EWP) of a large public university in the southeastern United States. Semi-structured interviews (n = 12) with team leaders in the program indicated that health is a multifaceted concept characterized by three pairs of dialectical tensions: autonomy versus connection, private versus public, and control versus lack of control. These findings suggest that to better promote health and wellness in the workplace, EWP staff should consider employees’ unique experiences and beliefs about health when designing...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - September 11, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tang, L., Baker, J. S., Meadows, C. Z. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Medical and Pharmacy Costs for New Hire Nurses Following a Physical Strength Evaluation Screening in a Large Health System
Nurses often encounter situations that require lifting patients, often using awkward body positions. Hiring nurses with strength suitable for these jobs decreases nurses’ risk for illness and injury and would be expected to result in more appropriate and lower health care, pharmacy, and disability costs. The physical strength of new hire nurse applicants was assessed using a defensible isokinetic evaluation in the years 2011 and 2012. Health care and pharmacy costs were monitored for the first 12 months following date of hire and compared with costs for nurses hired without screening during the prior 2 years (2009 an...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - September 11, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Terpeluk, P., Rogen, B., Gilliam, T. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Reducing Occupational Risk to Ambulatory Caregivers
This study investigated the benefits of introducing new height-adjustable examination tables to an ambulatory care setting. The results of this study indicate that by using height-adjustable examination tables, work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WMSD) risk for caregivers can be significantly reduced. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - September 11, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Fragala, G. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Nurse Practitioners Comfort in Treating Work-Related Injuries in Adolescents
This study examined nurse practitioners’ (NPs) previous experiences and comfort levels in treating adolescents with work-related injuries in two states where NPs have statutory authority to treat work-related injuries. The authors surveyed all actively licensed NPs in Washington and Oregon (N = 4,849). Factors associated with NPs’ previous experiences and comfort in treating adolescents with work-related injuries were identified using modified Poisson regression. Less than a quarter of respondents (21.1%, n = 225) reported having ever treated an adolescent for a work-related injury. Nearly half (43.6%) of respo...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - September 11, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Graves, J. M., Klein, T. A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Advancing the Practice of Health Coaching: Differentiation From Wellness Coaching
The increasing demand for health coaches and wellness coaches in worksite health promotion and the marketplace has resulted in a plethora of training programs with wide variations in coaching definitions, content, attributes, and eligibility of those who may train. It is in the interest of public awareness and safety that those in clinical practice take the lead in this discussion and offer a reasonable contrast and comparison focusing on the risks and responsibilities of health coaching in particular. With the endorsement of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), the National Society of Health Coa...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - September 11, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Huffman, M. H. Tags: Professional Practice Source Type: research

Zika Virus
Zika virus (ZIKV) infections are the latest global public health emergency. Occupational health nurses can protect society by educating workers, women of childbearing age, and others traveling in ZIKV-infected areas about prevention strategies. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - July 21, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Phillips, J. A., Neyland, A. Tags: Current Topics Source Type: research

Occupational Functionality: A Concept Analysis
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Source: Workplace Health and Safety - July 21, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: CE Module Source Type: research

Occupational Functionality: A Concept Analysis
Occupational health nursing has evolved since the late 19th century and, with the inclusion of advanced practice nursing, has become essential to the health and safety of workers. A key component of the knowledge required of advanced practice occupational health nurses is an understanding of what it means for workers to be fit for duty. The definition or concept of being fit for duty varies depending on the point-of-view of the health care provider. Health care providers across all professions must have a consistent understanding of what it means to be fit for duty. Literature shows that professions and specialties that of...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - July 21, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Combs, B., Heaton, K. Tags: Continuing Education Source Type: research

Quality of Life, Sleep, and Health of Air Traffic Controllers With Rapid Counterclockwise Shift Rotation
In conclusion, these workers are at risk for chronic non-transmittable diseases and compromised work performance, suggesting the need for more rest time before working nightshifts and work environments that stimulate physical activity and healthy diets. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - July 21, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Sonati, J. G., De Martino, M. M. F., Vilarta, R., da Silva Maciel, E., Sonati, R. J. F., Paduan, P. C. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Commercial Truck Driver Health and Safety: Exploring Distracted Driving Performance and Self-Reported Driving Skill
This study used a driving simulator to examine effects of cell phone, texting, and email distractions as well as self-reported driver optimism bias on the driving performance of commercial truck drivers. Results revealed that more visually demanding tasks were related to poorer driving performance. However, the cell phone task resulted in less off-the-road eye glances. Drivers reporting being "very skilled" displayed poorer driving performance than those reporting being "skilled." Onboard communication devices provide a practical, yet visually and manually demanding, solution for connecting drivers and ...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - July 21, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Stavrinos, D., Heaton, K., Welburn, S. C., McManus, B., Griffin, R., Fine, P. R. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Prevalence of Respiratory Protective Devices in U.S. Health Care Facilities: Implications for Emergency Preparedness
An online questionnaire was developed to explore respiratory protective device (RPD) prevalence in U.S. health care facilities. The survey was distributed to professional nursing society members in 2014 and again in 2015 receiving 322 and 232 participant responses, respectively. The purpose of this study was to explore if the emergency preparedness climate associated with Ebola virus disease changed the landscape of RPD use and awareness. Comparing response percentages from the two sampling time frames using bivariate analysis, no significant changes were found in types of RPDs used in health care settings. N95 filtering f...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - July 21, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Wizner, K., Stradtman, L., Novak, D., Shaffer, R. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Is There Disparity in Cardiovascular Health Between Migrant Workers and Native Workers?
The purpose of this study was to identify the probability of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its association with metabolic syndrome (MS) risk factors among middle-aged Korean Chinese (KC) migrant women workers compared to comparable native Korean (NK) women workers. Using matched samples based on the propensity score matching method, 10-year CVD risk was calculated and MS risk factors identified. Logistic regression and classification and regression tree (CART) analysis were conducted. The probability of KC migrants’ 10-year CVD risk was significantly lower (6.4%) than NK women risk (7.8%, t = 1.99, p = ...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - July 21, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Lee, H., Cho, S., Kim, Y. K., Kim, J. H. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

A Fall in the Workplace Leads to a Diagnosis of Parkinsons Disease
A 62 year old male worker sustained a head contusion from a fall in the workplace. When assessing the mechanism of the fall, it was noted that the worker stated that his feet became "stuck" and would not move. He also stated that he could not move fast enough to break his fall. Upon physical examination, a resting tremor was noted as well as upper and lower body rigidity, and a festinating gait. The worker was evaluated by a neurologist and diagnosed with early Parkinson’s disease. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - July 21, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Lurati, A. R. Tags: Professional Practice Source Type: research

The Importance of Employee Breaks
The occupational and environmental health nurse should encourage workers to take work breaks. Breaks enable all workers to perform at their best. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - June 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Randolph, S. A. Tags: Current Topics Source Type: research

Recognizing, Confronting, and Eliminating Workplace Bullying
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Source: Workplace Health and Safety - June 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: CE Module Source Type: research

Recognizing, Confronting, and Eliminating Workplace Bullying
Workplace bullying (WPB) behaviors negatively affect nurse productivity, satisfaction, and retention, and hinder safe patient care. The purpose of this article is to define WPB, differentiate between incivility and WPB, and recommend actions to prevent WPB behaviors. Informed occupational and environmental health nurses and nurse leaders must recognize, confront, and eliminate WPB in their facilities and organizations. Recognizing, confronting, and eliminating WPB behaviors in health care is a crucial first step toward sustained improvements in patient care quality and the health and safety of health care employees. (Sourc...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - June 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Berry, P. A., Gillespie, G. L., Fisher, B. S., Gormley, D. K. Tags: Continuing Education Source Type: research

Differences in Hospital Managers, Unit Managers, and Health Care Workers Perceptions of the Safety Climate for Respiratory Protection
This article compares hospital managers’ (HM), unit managers’ (UM), and health care workers’ (HCW) perceptions of respiratory protection safety climate in acute care hospitals. The article is based on survey responses from 215 HMs, 245 UMs, and 1,105 HCWs employed by 98 acute care hospitals in six states. Ten survey questions assessed five of the key dimensions of safety climate commonly identified in the literature: managerial commitment to safety, management feedback on safety procedures, coworkers’ safety norms, worker involvement, and worker safety training. Clinically and statistically signific...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - June 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Peterson, K., Rogers, B. M. E., Brosseau, L. M., Payne, J., Cooney, J., Joe, L., Novak, D. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Worksite Physical Activity Intervention for Ambulatory Clinic Nursing Staff
Health behaviors, including physical activity (PA), of registered nurses (RNs) and medical assistants (MAs) are suboptimal but may improve with worksite programs. Using a repeated-measures crossover design, the authors explored if integrating a 6-month worksite non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) intervention, with and without personalized health coaching via text messaging into workflow could positively affect sedentary time, PA, and body composition of nursing staff without jeopardizing work productivity. Two ambulatory clinics were randomly assigned to an environmental NEAT intervention plus a mobile text message...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - June 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tucker, S., Farrington, M., Lanningham-Foster, L. M., Clark, M. K., Dawson, C., Quinn, G. J., Laffoon, T., Perkhounkova, Y. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Determinants of General Health, Work-Related Strain, and Burnout in Public Versus Private Emergency Medical Technicians in Istanbul
This study investigated the impact of working for public versus private ambulance services in Turkey and elaborated on predictors of mental, physical, and emotional well-being in emergency medical technicians (EMT-Bs). In this observational cross-sectional study, an 81-question self-report survey was used to gather data about employee demographics, socioeconomic status, educational background, working conditions, and occupational health and workplace safety (OHS), followed by the 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12), the Work-Related Strain Inventory (WRSI), and the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) with three subsc...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - June 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tunaligil, V., Dokucu, A. I., Erdogan, M. S. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Poster Presentations From the 2016 AAOHN Annual Meeting in Jacksonville
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Source: Workplace Health and Safety - June 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: Poster Presentations Source Type: research

Identifying Reverse Malingering in the Civilian Occupational Setting
Malingering is a common phenomenon in the workplace. However, reverse malingering can be just as common, but may have greater negative consequences for employees and employers. The only research on reverse malingering has been conducted in the military; however, little is known about this phenomenon in the civilian setting. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - June 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Lurati, A. R. Tags: Professional Practice Source Type: research

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
Chronic exposure to a broad array of antigens after workers inhale aerosolized organic dust particles from mold, animal dander, bird droppings, and chemicals, especially pesticides or herbicides, increases risk for hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Several demographic characteristics of immigrant workers in farming, poultry processing, construction, and landscaping increase this worker population’s risk. (Source: Workplace Health and Safety)
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - May 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Wysong, K., Phillips, J. A., Hammond, S. Tags: Current Topics Source Type: research

Promoting Adult Pertussis Vaccination in the Workplace
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Source: Workplace Health and Safety - May 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Tags: CE Module Source Type: research

Promoting Adult Pertussis Vaccination in the Workplace
Vaccines are an important disease prevention strategy among individuals of all age groups. Despite the success of vaccinations in preventing communicable diseases, adults, in particular, often have sub-optimal vaccination rates. Consequently, some vaccine-preventable diseases, such as pertussis, are still on the rise in the United States despite the availability of the Tdap vaccine. As most adults can be found in the workplace, occupational and environmental health nurses are in a unique position to encourage employers to promote adequate Tdap vaccination among their employees. As specific resources regarding Tdap vaccinat...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - May 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Luthy, K. E., Bainum, J. L., Beckstrand, R. L., Macintosh, J. L. B., Eden, L. M., Saunders, B. Tags: Continuing Education Source Type: research

Origin of a Musculoskeletal Guideline: Caring for Older Workers
Today’s employers are hiring a more age-diverse workforce. As Americans work longer, age-related changes often create activity limitations. Musculoskeletal disorders affect many older workers heightening their risk of workplace injury. Compounded by multiple comorbidities, older workers will need occupational health nurses with expert knowledge to maintain safe and productive workplaces. Older workers do not experience as many injuries as younger workers, but when they are injured, recovery is longer. The author developed and conducted a survey of New Jersey occupational health nurses. The results showed that overexe...
Source: Workplace Health and Safety - May 22, 2016 Category: Occupational Health Authors: Delloiacono, N. Tags: Articles Source Type: research