A Message from your President…

Dear TSAOHN Members:

I hope everyone is having a wonderful re-energizing spring. As TSAOHN President, I am very excited about the work and future of TSAOHN.

It is amazing for me that so much time has passed since I first became an Occupational Health Nurse.

As seasoned Occupational Health Nurses we must acknowledge the importance of our experience and recognize that our next generation relies on our leadership in developing their occupational health skills.

I just returned from attending our 2018 AAOHN National Conference in Reno, Nevada.
The purpose of the Conference was to enhance our education and boost our professional development. It was so exciting to have the opportunities to network with colleagues, meeting new peers, sharing information, visiting the exhibitors and networking with our sponsors and vendors. The concurrent session and inspiring keynotes with the abstracts presented were of much value.

One of the sessions that touched home was the session “Compassion Fatigue”. It taught me to distinguish 3 differences between burn out, compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization. The content description was that Occupational Health Professionals are often recognized for their quality of compassionate care that is rendered to the work force.

Delivery of this compassionate care on a daily basis has certain emotional consequences if work- life balance is not followed. We have heard of the term “burn out” but didn’t realize there are other factors involved. Unlike burn out, this phenomenon is called compassion fatigue that many professionals are now discovering.

The other interesting session that touch home was “Invigorating Your Sluggish Chapter”. This session discussed three ways innovation was used to invigorate a chapter.
Of course the Conference would not have been complete without our Texas Night at Ruby River Steak House.

I am asking you, as members, to think of courses and/or speakers you would like to see at our 2019 Texas Conference scheduled for November 8th and 9th in Houston, Texas.

This is your conference and I invite you to help your Board make this event bigger and better!

I am at your service. You can e-mail me your ideas and your concerns at marydgarison@gmail.com

Mary Garison, RN COHN-S CCM FAAOHN
TSAOHN PRESIDENT