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Disability and lost productivity. Stress and medical mistakes. Mergers and employee stress. The 2001 American Occupational Health Conference, to be held in San Francisco, aims to help employee health professionals cope with the realities of a tight labor market and cost-conscious administrators. The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) in Atlanta and physicians with the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Arlington Heights, IL, will sponsor the April 20-27 conference in San Francisco.
The conference offers networking opportunities at a time when many occupational health professionals are feeling squeezed by cost pressures, notes Kathleen Golden McAndrew, MSN, ARNP, COHN-S, CCM, who is a member of AAOHN’s board of directors and executive director for health services at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Workshops and special section meetings give hospital employee health professionals a chance to address their specific challenges, she says. "What we’re looking at is how we’re going to keep ourselves intact and alive to help other people," says McAndrew. "It’s going to be a challenge."