New Jersey State Association of Occupational Health Nurses Association
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NJSAOHN 2018 President's Message

Posted 6 months ago by Steven Marks

NJSAOHN President’s Message

Friday October 5, 2018

Good Morning,

I want to thank you all for attending this combined Northeast and New Jersey conference.  Your Board has done an amazing job putting together a conference that meets the needs of our ever changing work place. 

It is my sincere hope that this information is helpful to you and that you never need to put these skills into practice.

The landscape of Occupational Health is changing.  Corporate mergers, downsizing and financial restrictions have forced us to be creative in the way we manage our departments and deliver care.  

As you can see, attendance is lower this year, and this is a sign of a greater problem.  We need your input on how to keep our State chapter viable and pertinent to your practice.

We need you on our board, and it is imperative that we get new people and a fresh perspective so that we can plan for the future.  Our board is filled with dedicated nurses who will help you learn, and we value your limited time.  Please consider helping us out. 

Now that the begging portion of my presentation is over, I want to discuss a major change in the AAOHN membership structure.  The AAOHN Chapter Challenges Taskforce reviewed all of your comments and made the following recommendation to the Board.

  1. Dues will be lowered to $165/year ($20 savings)
  2. The State and Individual chapter membership mandate will be abolished
    1. This means that AAOHN members no longer HAVE to join the local organizations
    2. Our state and NEAOHN programs depend on your dues.
      1. NJ $10
      2. NEAOHN $5
    3. We need to prove our viability to the members in order to remain a functional chapter.
      1. If we fail, the state and regional chapters will be in jeopardy
    4. Remember, these decisions were driven by AAOHN’s outreach to the membership. If you are unhappy, and DID NOT RESPOND, I urge you to make your voice heard in the future.
    5. This recommendation will come up for a vote of the membership in the near future.
    6. Please spread the word and remain members of your local and regional chapters.
    7. If we are not giving you the value you seek, please help us grow to meet your needs.

In an effort to make our state chapter more effective, I will be proposing some bylaws changes.  Our board has moved to a teleconference meeting, and we are able to get more accomplished, in a shorter period of time and save money in the long run. 

I would like to propose that we remove the title of “Regional Director” and change it to “Director.  Our current team handles tasks statewide and there seems to be no reason to limit ourselves to a smaller pool of directors just because of a geographic boundary.

This Bylaws change and our election ballot will be coming out shortly.  Please vote and consider helping us out on the Board.


Two of our North East board members are on the AAOHN Ballot.

Kim Olszewski has been nominated for President Elect.  Kim is currently the Secretary for AAOHN.  She is very active and is a dominant force for occupational health nurses. She will make an amazing President for our organization

Yolanda Lang has been nominated for the position of AAOHN Secretary.  Yolanda and I serve as your AAOHN North East Regional directors.  She is responsible for our newsletter, which is one of the first regional updates in our organization.

Both Kim and Yolanda deserve your votes, and they will serve AAOHN and the North East Region well.

Remember that you will be asked to vote on the membership  bylaws change.  Support our local nurses because EVERY vote counts. 


Thank you,

Steven Marks, DNP, RN, APN, COHN-S, FAAOHN