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Dear Texas Members,


Once again, we have proven that things are Bigger & Better in Texas! I don’t know if you had the opportunity to hear the wonderful comments from the AAOHN Board members and staff, so I wanted to make sure you knew. Over and over again, compliments about Texas volunteers reached my ears!


“The Texas group is always willing to step in and help.”


“I’ve never seen a host chapter/state participate at this level!!!”


“All we have to do is mention that we need some help and Texas folks start showing up.”


“Wow, I’ve never seen anything like it – ask and you shall receive Texas help.”


Please share with your fellow members the outstanding job they did in every aspect of the National Conference. We set a precedent that will last a long time. In fact, the staff commented that they hoped the Texas can-do spirit would rub off on the Bostonians for the 2015 conference.


Karen Barrett, RN, COHN-S, CHSP, FAAOHN
President TSAOHN


December 18, 2014 - TSAOHN Employment Opportunity posted online

Telephonic Case Manager – Austin, Texas – CLICK HERE for more details

December 14, 2014 - Howdy and Happy Holidays

“A Cowboy’s Prayer Oh, Lord, I’ve never lived where churches grow. I love creation better as it stood that day You finished it so long ago And looked upon Your work and called it good. I know that others find You in the light That’s sifted down through tinted window panes, and yet I seem to feel You near tonight in this dim, quiet starlight on the plains. I thank You, Lord, that I am placed so well, That You have made my freedom so complete; That I’m no slave of whistle, clock or bell, Nor weak-eyed prisoner of wall and street. Just let me live my life as I’ve begun And give me work that’s open to the sky; Make me a pardner of the wind and sun, And I won’t ask a life that’s soft or high. Let me be easy on the man that’s down; Let me be square and generous with all. I’m careless sometimes, Lord, when I’m in town, But never let ‘em say I’m mean or small! Make me as big and open as the plains, As honest as the horse between my knees, Clean as the wind that blows behind the rain.” –  Jack Sorenson


May the Spirit of the Season be with you, For a Texas size Christmas and a Happy New Year”

- AAOHN Foundation UPS Academic Scholarships

Deadline to apply is December 17

Attention nurses who are currently enrolled full or part-time in a degree program! You may be eligible for a scholarship to assist with the costs of furthering your professional education. UPS will once again sponsor two academic education scholarships each in the amount of $2,500. These scholarships provide opportunities to further professional education for occupational and environmental health professionals. CLICK HERE for more details

December 8, 2014 - New and Renewed Members Dec 2014

Please congratulate our new and renewed members! Effective 12-01-14. We are glad you are here !

Thank you – Lupe Dominguez

New Members:
Lisa Cope-Beavers – RN, COHNS/CM

Renewing Members:
Marsha Wood – BS,RN
JoDonna Terry – MSN, RN, COHN
Jessica Gatlin – BSN, RN, COHN
Marsha Vanlandingham – RN
Grace Benedick – RN, COHN
Janelle D Hesse – BSN, RN
Catherine Sahagun – MS, RN, COHN-S

November 24, 2014 - Happy Thanksgiving from TSAOHN

CLICK HERE for a special message from President Elect – Lupe Dominguez

November 19, 2014 - AAOHN Fellows announcement…

The AAOHN Fellow designation recognizes AAOHN members who, as nursing leaders, make a significant contribution to the field of occupational and environmental health nursing. AAOHN Fellows comprise a group of leaders who provide vision to advance the skills, knowledge and abilities of occupational and environmental health nurses influence policy, contribute to research and exemplify highly effective management and clinical practices.” (AAOHN website.) If you’d like to nominate someone for the AAOHN Fellowship designation, go to the AAOHN Website.

Texas is proud to have five AAOHN Fellows among its members, congratulations for all your contributions to OHN!

Mary Garison – Angleton, Tx
Karen Barrett – Corinth, Tx
Linda F. Walker – Fresno, Tx
Henry Guevara – Georgetown, Tx
Elizabeth Lawhorn – Houston, Tx
Helen K. Maher – Houston, Tx
Olga S. Tompkins – Houston, Tx

A list of all AAOHN Fellows who are available to lend their expertise to AAOHN chapter officers can be found on the AAOHN website. AAOHN Fellows are available for consultation to chapter officers. For AAOHN Fellows contact information – they are listed alphabetically by State, then City on the AAOHN website, under member directory.

November 13, 2014 - 2013 Scholarships and Recognition Awards

TSAOHN is honored and proud to announce the names of the recipients of the 2013 Scholarships and Recognition Awards – CLICK HERE for complete details


Jean Davis Undergraduate Scholarship – Laura Doyle, RN
Jean Davis Graduate Scholarship – Bridget Vinson Page, RN
Leadership Award sponsored by OMI – Bridget Vinson Page, RN
Achievement Award sponsored by Medique – Sandra Carson, RN of HTAOHN
Chapter Merit Award – Houston Texas Association of Occupational Health Nurses
Philanthropic Award – San Antonio Association of Occupational Health Nurses

November 12, 2014 - 2015 TSAOHN State Conference

“Sailing Unchartered Waters While Exploring Occupational Health” - Please save the date for the upcoming TSAOHN state conference. Come sail the unchartered waters with us while we explore the latest in occupational health. CLICK HERE for more details

November 7, 2014 - From the desk of the TSAOHN Director of Awards/Recognition/Benevolence…..

Greetings to you all. The past year has brought us new learning’s as to what would be “Best Practice” for the TSAOHN membership to better utilize the TSAOHN Awards and Scholarships application process. Working with the TSAOHN Webmaster we have made great improvements to this application process. There will only be ONE avenue to apply for these awards and that is through the TSAOHN secure portal site. The deadline for submitting all applications and reference letters for the 2014 awards is December 31, 2014. The applications have been updated to include LPN/LVN’s who are seeking an Associate or higher degree in nursing. These awards will be presented during the 2015 Fall TSAOHN State Conference.


On another note, during your TSAOHN Board of Directors 2014 Fall meeting there was a change made to the amount of the TSAOHN awards. The TSAOHN Jean Davis Graduate Student Scholarship amount was increased from $500.00 to $750.00. It was felt that this amount would better benefit the recipient with the increasing cost of graduate school. The TSAOHN Philanthropic Award was decreased to $300.00 from $500.00.


We look forward to receiving your applications for these prestigious awards. You are all very deserving to be a recipient. Please contact me via the TSAOHN website if you have questions.


Best regards,
Janie De Jesus, RN, MS, COHN-S/CM
TSAOHN Director of Awards/Recognition/Benevolence

November 5, 2014 - CDC Releases Two New Clinical Resources in the Fight Against Ebola

To help inform U.S. healthcare workers in the fight against Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released two new resources. For complete details – please CLICK HERE


Nov 17, 2014 - Agromedicine Workshop