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Maryland Area Association of Occupational Health Nurses

President's Message

Posted 16 days ago by Tena Hall

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Happy Holidays!

 I am excited to serve you all as your MAAOHN President. For those of you who are not familiar with my background, I am retired with 20 years combined service with The United States Army and The Army National Guard serving in the following states: Texas, Louisiana and Maryland. I have deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. My initial position was a Flight Paramedic from 1992-1997.

I graduated from Wharton County Community College as a Licensed Vocational Nurse and transitioned from a Flight Paramedic to Readiness Level (RL) Flight Medic Instructor from 1997-2001. I graduated as a Registered Nurse from Excelsior College in 2007. I completed my Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Stevenson University in 2015 and currently pending acceptance to a graduate program that has a data analysis focus. I have certifications in Critical Care and Stroke Educator.

I deployed 2002-2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I transitioned to the Army National Guard after that deployment and moved to Louisiana. I deployed in 2005 to support Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Superdome. After the hurricanes, I moved my family from Louisiana to Maryland. I retired in 2012.    

Once in Maryland, I was an ICU Nurse at Walter Reed and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. I also worked at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center as a Clinic Nurse. I transitioned to Occupational Health in 2009 to Kirk Army Health Clinic in Aberdeen, MD as a Chemical and Biological Surety Medicine Occupational Health Nurse. I was promoted in 2012 to an Occupational Health Nurse position at a level five organization, The Army Public Health Center. I designed educational courses centric to Occupational Health disciplines for licensure sustainment and professional development. In 2015 I was promoted again as an Occupational Health Nurse Consultant within the same agency. I collaborated with several Army Public Health entities to expand current Occupational Health/Medicine across the Army enterprise. I recently resigned from this position to pursue my own consulting company. I am broadening my current medical education company’s platform to include consulting for occupational and environmental medicine services. I have been an instructor in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), National and Maryland Registered Emergency Medical Technician Courses (NREMT) and other courses related to cardiac interpretation since 1995. I also have served as a nursing education committee member for the Army since 1997. I have enjoyed every day of this very robust nursing profession. I am defiantly not afraid to try new things.

I am a member of MAAOHN, AAOHN, ANA, MNA, CHI ETA PHI Nursing Sorority (Service for Humanity) organizations. I believe in my dad’s favorite quote, “To much is given, much is required”. Once again, I am honored to serve you and looking forward to collaborating on many new projects with such a great group of nurses. Enjoy your family and friends during this season of joy. Let’s have a safe and great 2018! I extend from my family to yours a heart filled Happy Holidays!

Respectfully,

Tena Hall, RN, BSN, RN-BC

President, MAAOHN