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Friday, September 12 • 10:40am - 11:40am
B007 Respiratory Protection in Healthcare Settings: Building Competence for the Occupational Health Nurses (Intermediate)

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Topic Overview:

For many occupational health nurses (OHNs) in healthcare, adequate respiratory protection for the staff who care for patients with airborne diseases may be an essential job function. In addition, there may be a need to provide respiratory protection for staff outside the clinical areas, such as engineering staff. The results of a national survey of OHNs revealed that OHNs in healthcare often learn about respiratory protection through on-the-job training/experiences. This presentation will provide an overview to date of the efforts of the NIOSH and multi-association advisory group that was convened after the release of the 2011 Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Occupational Health Nurses and Respiratory Protection: Improving Education and Training: Letter Report. The results of the national OHN survey on respiratory protection, the development of OHN respiratory protection competencies and the training modules that have been developed will be shared.



  1. Discuss the recommendations of the IOM report on OHNs and respiratory protection.
  2. Describe the report on outcomes to date of the respiratory advisory group.
  3. Describe the findings of the OHN respiratory survey and the subset of results from AOHP and healthcare responses.
  4. Recognize the purpose of the respiratory protection on-line training program.

avatar for MaryAnn Gruden, MSN, CRNP, NP-C, COHN-S˼M

MaryAnn Gruden, MSN, CRNP, NP-C, COHN-S˼M

MaryAnn Gruden is the Manager, Employee Health Services for Allegheny General and The Western Pennsylvania hospitals, part of the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, PA. She has over 20 years of occupational health nursing experience in the healthcare setting. Her MSN is from the University of Virginia, and she is certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Occupational Health Nurse Specialist, Case Manager. She serves on the AOHP... Read More →
avatar for Debra Novak, PhD, RN

Debra Novak, PhD, RN

Senior Service Fellow, NPPTL/NIOSH/CDC
Dr. Debra Novak is a Senior Service Fellow with NPPTL/NIOSH. Dr. Novak holds a PhD in Nursing from The University of Alabama-Birmingham and has over 30 years of experience in the field working in a variety of clinical, research and faculty positions. In her current position, she is responsible for translating PPE research findings to clinical workplaces and thereby promoting safer healthcare worker practices. Dr. Novak sits as an invited member... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Pompeii, PhD, COHN-S, FAAOHN

Lisa Pompeii, PhD, COHN-S, FAAOHN

The University of Texas
Lisa A. Pompeii is an Occupational Health Nurse and Epidemiologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Pompeii’s research focus is on occupational illness and injury among healthcare workers. She is the principal investigator of a NIOSH and AAOHN sponsored educational initiative aimed at training occupational health professionals and healthcare workers about respiratory protection in the workplace. Her... Read More →

Friday September 12, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
Borgne 3/F

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