The Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fundamentals for Advanced Practice Providers Certificate Program was developed as a collaborative education activity by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).This program was developed to supplement on-the-job training and provides advanced practice clinicians online access to a convenient, comprehensive, foundational OEM program. Presented by AANP and ACOEM experts in the field, these CE activities offer learners the essential knowledge necessary to practice professionally in any occupational health setting, including urgent care, primary care, industry-based clinics, employee health, corporate health and more. By completing this foundational OEM program, NPs and other clinicians can increase their understanding of OEM’s many facets, improve their clinical skills and more fully develop the leadership abilities needed to manage the care of the worker.
The certificate program consists of seven modules, each dealing with a different aspect of occupational health practice. NPs and other advanced practice providers may earn 30 contact hours of CE credit by completing all seven modules. Each module includes between four and six one-hour presentations and support material on essential OEM topics. Upon completion of all seven modules and the full 30 hours of CE credit, participants will be eligible to receive an AANP Certificate of Advanced Practice Education in Occupational Health. The certificate of academic achievement demonstrates to employers, workers and peers their commitment as a clinician in the OEM field.
Full Certificate Program Overview
|Module||Topic||Approximate Launch||Contact Hours||Member Price||Non-Member Price|
|Module 1||OEM Policy and Regulatory Essentials||January 2023||5.00 CE||$125.00||$150.00|
|Module 2||Workplace Evaluations||March 2023||4.00 CE||$100.00||$120.00|
|Module 3||The Worker in the Workplace||May 2023||3.00 CE||$75.00||$90.00|
|Module 4||The Infectious Disease Roundtable||July 2023||4.00 CE||$100.00||$120.00|
|Module 5||Worker Health||September 2023 (delayed to Oct 2023)||4.00 CE ||$100.00||$120.00|
|Module 6||Safety and Environmental Impacts||November 2023 (delayed to Dec 2023)||4.00 CE||$100.00||$120.00|
|Module 7||The Basic Hazards and Protections||December 2023||6.00 CE||$150.00||$180.00|
A Culture of Safety: The Physical Examination, Post-Offer NOT Pre-Employment
Dr. Kerri L. Rupe ARNP, FNP-C, DNP, FAANP
Work is important to humans. Our identity, social relationships, and value to society are related to making a living. Every person should go to work and expect to safely return home. This requires a culture of safety within the workplace. Safety becomes the expectation. Personal protective equipment is the uniform of everyday life. Worker's safety is everyone’s business and responsibility. A culture of safety includes putting the right worker in the right job. The post-job offer employee physical examination should be conducted with that objective in mind. What the job involves and what skills are needed to perform it without injury are essential to the post-offer examination. The more information the healthcare provider (HCP) has about the job, the better the employee can fit the job. This presentation explores the physical examination, the rules and regulations surrounding it. The privacy of health information and the balance of public safety with the employees right to work is also addressed.
- Describe the characteristics of a culture of safety.
- Explain the importance of post-offer physical assessment and evaluations based on job functions.
- List recommended evaluations that may be included in a comprehensive post-offer physical assessment based on the job description.
- Highlight rules and regulations relevant to post-offer physical examinations within a culture of safety and health.
- Discuss the documentation requirements associated with post-offer physical examinations including what information can be released to the employer without a written release from the applicant.
Arlene Guzik, DNP, APRN-C
The medical provider’s ability to assign injury-specific work restrictions is a valued skill by most employers and workers’ compensation claims adjusters. Since research and experience tells us that injured workers who remain geographically and socially connected to the workplace have better clinical outcomes (Christian, 2006), a medical provider’s mission to support the stay –at-work/return-to-work concept is built on three principles: 1) Functional capacity - asking “what can the injured worker do today?”; 2) Functional limitations – asking “what can’t the injured worker do now that they would normally do?”; and 3) Assignment of medically appropriate restrictions – asking “what should the injured worker not do to avoid exacerbation or aggravation of symptoms?” (Guzik, 2013). This presentation covers the principle of assigning appropriate work restrictions that promote recovery, while maintaining the injured worker’s productivity on the job.
- List the relevant regulatory statutes related to workers’ compensation care.
- Define the importance of assigning realistic and relevant work restrictions for workers.
- Discuss the provider’s responsibility of medical decision-making regarding workers’ compensation case management.
- Explain the value of the use of the medical decision making process using objective, relevant evidence.
Return to Work
Wendy Paracka, DNP, APRN, NP-C, FAANP
This program will focus on the injured or ill worker, the process of returning that individual to work, and accommodations that may need to be implemented. Areas of focus include Workers’ Compensation, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the American Disabilities Act, as well as other agencies that provide resources for the employee, the employer, and the provider. To aid the health care professional with the return-to-work process, general accommodations for disabilities, injuries, and illnesses are discussed with a case study format.
- Identify the role of the healthcare provider.
- List the benefits to the employee in graduated return to work.
- Discuss the implications of the FMLA.
- Discuss the psychosocial impact for the injured or ill worker and RTW.
Jean Aertker, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP
This course provides clinicians an overview of the basic concepts of the workers' compensation system, tracing the early history from 2050 B.C. thru the evolution and enactment of our current federal and state Workers Compensation laws. The bigger picture is discussed to help understand the complexity of this insurance policy coverage that provides benefits for workplace injury or illness directly if related to the job. Comparison of the federal and state worker compensation Acts includes the differences in reporting procedures, the myriad of required clinician generated forms and clinical decision-making process for each encounter. Emphasis is on the oversight with case management teams that leads to an outcome of Maximal Medical Improvement (MMI), or the determination of a temporary or permanent disability rating.
- Provide an overview of Workers Compensation Insurance.
- Compare and Contrast the FECA ACT to State Workers Compensation programs.
- Discuss critical clinical aspects of Workers Compensation health care and how care is delivered.
- Examine the programs and roles contributing to effective Workers Compensation management.
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This activity is approved for 4.00 contact hours of continuing education (which includes 0.00 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners®. Activity ID#23035997. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) has received accreditation from American Medical Association (AMA) for this activity and is offering the activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. If you would prefer to earn AMA CME credit, you can sign up for this same program through ACOEM.
How to Complete this Activity
- Read this activity description, including objectives and disclosures.
- Complete all 4 sections of educational content:
- OnDemand Presentations: Click the Play button to watch the activity video lecture. To get full credit for the learning activity portion, you must watch all of the video content in each section.
- Click on the Additional Resources button to review all additional materials provided (handouts and any other downloadable resources).
- Click on the Next Steps button of each section. Click on the "Get Certificate" button that appears at the bottom of the Next Steps window. This will show a brief "Thank You" message and direct learners to continue to the next section.
- After completing all 4 sections of educational content, go to the parent module of the activity (top block in the activity group) and click on the Next Steps button:
- Submit the overall activity evaluation to receive full AANP CE/Rx credit.
- Click on the Get Certificate button. At the top of the certificate screen, use the provided dropdown menu and select OEM Fundamentals for Advanced Practice Providers Module Certificate.
- A copy of your certificate of completion will display on the screen for you to print or save. A copy of the certificate will also be emailed to you.
- IMPORTANT: There will be a Completion Code provided on the certificate of completion for each module of this program. It is important that you keep this certificate and/or write down the code provided. This code will be used at the very end of the program (after you've completed all 7 modules) to verify your participation to receive the full program certificate.
Note: This is a multi-section series that enforces linear completion of section content. The certificate of completion will only be awarded for this activity after ALL sections of the activity have been successfully completed AND the final evaluation (located on the parent module) has been completed. No partial credit will be awarded.
Disclosure and Disclaimer InformationAdditional Information
This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies.
All Planners have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
- Kerri L. Rupe
- I do not have any actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this presentation.
- Arlene Guzik
- This presenter has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
- This presenter has no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this presentation.
- Wendy Paracka
- I have no disclosures or conflicts of interest as it relates to this presentation.
- Jean Aertker
- I have no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this presentation.
- The opinions expressed and related educational content are my own and do not necessarily reflect the formal opinions or recommendations of the AANP or my employers.
- I am solely responsible for the content of this presentation including copyright and other intellectual property compliance.
Individuals who have contributed to the CE Center were carefully selected for their knowledge and experience in the subject area under review. This presentation is informational only and may contain opinions of the authors from their personal experience that do not necessarily express the opinions of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Clinical practice is a constantly changing process and new information becomes available every day. Neither AANP nor the contributing individuals can warrant that the material will continue to be accurate, nor do they warrant that the material is completely free of errors upon publication. Attendees and participants should appraise the information presented critically and are encouraged to consult appropriate resources for any product or device mentioned in this program.
For questions or more information concerning this online CE opportunity contact the AANP CE Center Manager at CECenter@aanp.org.