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Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing

Research

Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing addresses numerous research areas identified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Program Portfolio including several National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) cross-industry sector programs as listed below.

Please also see examples of Research to Practice conducted by all Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) faculty and students..

» Cancer
» Injuries and Violence
» Special Populations at Risk
» Work Organization
» Total Worker Health


FACULTY RESEARCH
Dr. Pat McGovern’s research investigates occupational and environmental health issues, in particular, exposures impacting women’s and children’s health using methods applying the methods of health services research. Current projects include testing a wellness intervention for caregivers in the health care and social service industry, developing a case study of stress and resilience among farmers and farm workers exposed to Avian Flu, and conducting a pilot study examining exposure of mothers and infants to metals in drinking water and infant neurodevelopment. Past efforts have focused on women in the workplace and policies impacting breastfeeding practices, use of family leave and maternal postpartum health.


RECENT OHSRP STUDENT DISSERTATIONS

(Student Names Underscored)

Graeve C , McGovern PM, Nachreiner NM, Ayers L: [2014] Establishing the value of Occupational Health Nurses' contributions to worker health and safety: A Pilot test of a user-friendly estimation tool. Workplace Health and Safety 62(1):36-41. [Student and faculty research]

Gramling JJ, Nachreiner, N: [2013] Implementing a sharps injury reduction program at a Charity Hospital in India. Workplace Health and Safety 61(8):339-345. [Student and faculty research]

Gramling JJ, McGovern PM, Nachreiner, NM: [2013] A Mixed Methods Inquiry into the Injuries Sustained by Security Guards at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital. Journal for Association for Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare 33(4):37-43. [Student and Faculty Research]


SELECTED OEHN FACULTY, ALUMNI AND STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

(Student and alumni names are underscored and faculty names bolded)

CANCER

Nachreiner NM, Ghebre RG, Virnig B, Shanley R. [2012] Early work patterns for gynaecological cancer survivors in the USA. Occupational Medicine 62(1):23-28. [Faculty Research]

Nachreiner NM, Shanley R. Ghebre R: [2013] Cancer and treatment effects on job task performance for gynecologic cancer survivors. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation – Special Issue: Cancer and Work. 46:433-438. [Faculty Research]

Parsons HM: [2011] Dissertation: Cancer and the Medicare Disabled: University of Minnesota, December, 2011. [BV: HMP's PhD Thesis Advisor]

Parsons HM, Begun JW, McGovern PM, Tuttle TM, Kuntz KM, Virnig BA: [2012] Hospital Characteristics Associated With Maintenance or Improvement of Guideline-Recommended Lymph Node Evaluation for Colon Cancer. Medical Care 51(1):60-7. [Student/Faculty Research; BAV: PhD thesis advisor]

Parsons HM, Tuttle TM, Kuntz KM, Begun JW, McGovern PM, Virnig BA: [2012] Quality of care along the cancer continuum: does receiving adequate lymph node evaluation for colon cancer lead to comprehensive post-surgical care? Journal of the American College of Surgeons 215(3):400-11. [BAV: PhD Thesis Advisor for HPM]

Parsons HM, Begun JW, Kuntz KM, Tuttle TM, McGovern PM, Virnig BA: [2013] Lymph Node Evaluation for Colon Cancer in an Era of Quality Guidelines: Who Improves? Journal of Oncology Practice 9(4):e164-71. [Student/Faculty Research; BAV: PhD thesis advisor]

 

INJURIES AND WORK-RELATED VIOLENCE

Feda DM, Gerberich SG, Ryan AD, Nachreiner NM, McGovern PM: [2010] Written violence policies and risk of physical assault against Minnesota educators, Journal of Public Health Policy 31:461-477. [SGG: PhD Thesis Advisor; NIOSH-funded research]

Feda DM, Gerberich SG, Ryan AD, Nachreiner NM, McGovern PM: [2014] Presence of assault deterrents and educators' risk of physical assault. In review. [SGG: PhD Thesis Advisor for DMF; NOSH-Funded Research]

Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Ryan AD, Church TR, McGovern PM, Geisser MS, Watt GD, Feda DM, Pinder E, Sage SK: [2011] Violence against educators: Magnitude and etiology, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 53(3):294-302. [NIOSH-funded research; SGG: PhD Thesis Advisor for DMF, EP, and SKS]

Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Ryan AD, Church TR, McGovern PM, Geisser MS, Watt GD, Feda DM, Pinder E, Sage SK: [2011] Violence against educators: A population-based study. Erratum Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 53(5):585. [NIOSH-funded research; SGG: PhD Thesis Advisor for DMF, EP, and SKS]

Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Ryan AD, Church TR, McGovern PM, Geisser MS, Watt GD, Feda DM, Pinder E, Sage SK: [2014] Case-control study of student-perpetrated physical violence against educators, Annals of Epidemiology (5):325-332. [SGG: PhD Thesis Advisor for DMF, EP, and SKS]

Nachreiner NM, Gerberich SG, Ryan AD, Erkal S, McGovern PM, Church TR, Mongin SJ, Feda DM: [2012] Risk of physical assault against school educators with histories of occupational and other violence: A case-control study, WORK: A Journal for Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation 42:39-46 [SGG: Mentor for SE; PhD Thesis Advisor for DMF; NIOSH-funded research]

Williams QL, Jr., Alexander BH, Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Church TR, Ryan AD: [2010] Bystander injury evaluation of children from Midwestern agricultural operations, Journal of Safety Research 41(1):31-37. [BHA: PhD Thesis Advisor for QLW; SGG: PhD Ad-Hoc Advisor for QLW; NIOSH-funded research]

Williams QL Jr., Alexander BH, Gerberich SG, Ryan AD: [2010] Child bystanding: A risk factor for injury and identifying its determinants on Midwestern agricultural operations, Accident Analysis and Prevention 42(1):10-18. [SGG: Grant PI and Committee Member for QLW; Best Paper Award, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services, American Public Health Association; NIOSH-funded research]

Wei C, Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Alexander BH, Ryan AD, Mongin SJ: [2013] Work-related violence against educators in Minnesota: Rates and risks based on hours exposed, Journal of Safety Research. 44:73-85. [SGG: CW PhD Thesis Advisor; NIOSH funded RO1 Research]

 

SPECIAL POPULATIONS AT RISK: WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Attanasio LB, Kozhimannil KB, McGovern P, Gjerdingen D, Johnson PJ: [2013] The Impact of prenatal employment on breastfeeding intentions and breastfeeding status at 1 week postpartum. Journal of Human Lactation 29(4):620-628. [Faculty and student research]

Dagher R, McGovern PM, Dowd BE, Gjerdingen DK: [2012] Postpartum depression and health services expenditures among employed women, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 54(2) 210-215. [Alumna/Faculty Research; NIOSH-funded research]

Grice MM, McGovern PM, Alexander BH, Ukestad L, Hellerstedt W: [2011] Balancing work and family after childbirth: a longitudinal analysis. Women's Health Issues 21:19-27. [PMM: PhD Thesis Advisor for MMG; NIOSH-funded research]

Kozhimannil KB, Attanasio L , McGovern PM, Gjerdingen DK, Johnson PJ: [2013] Re-evaluating the relationship between prenatal employment and birth outcomes: a policy-relevant application of propensity score matching. Women's Health Issues 23(2) e77-e85. [Faculty and Student Research]

Kozhimannil KB, Johnson PJ, Attanasio LB, Gjerdingen DK, McGovern PM. [2013] Use of nonmedical methods of labor induction and pain management among U.S. women. Birth. 40(4):227-36 ) [Faculty and Student Research]

Kozhimanil KB, Attanasio LB, Johnson PJ, Gjerdingen DK, McGovern PM: [2014] Employment during pregnancy and obstetric intervention without medical reason: labor induction and cesarean delivery. Women's Health Issues 24(5):469-76. [Faculty and Student Research]

Kozhimannil KB, Jou J, Attanasio LB, Joarnt LK, McGovern P:[2014] Medically complex pregnancies and early breastfeeding behaviors: a retrospective analysis.13-9(8) [Faculty and Student Research]

Williams QL, Jr., Alexander BH, Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Church TR, Ryan AD: [2010] Bystander injury evaluation of children from Midwestern agricultural operations, Journal of Safety Research 41(1):31-37. [BHA: PhD Thesis Advisor for QLW; SGG: PhD Ad-Hoc Advisor for QLW; NIOSH-funded research]

Williams QL Jr., Alexander BH, Gerberich SG, Ryan AD: [2010] Child bystanding: A risk factor for injury and identifying its determinants on Midwestern agricultural operations, Accident Analysis and Prevention 42(1):10-18. [SGG: Grant PI/Ad Hoc Advisor and Committee Member for QLW; Best Paper Award, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services, American Public Health Association; NIOSH-funded research]

 

WORK ORGANIZATION

Dagher R, McGovern PM, Dowd BE, Lundberg U: [2011] Postpartum depressive symptoms and the combined load of paid and unpaid work: A longitudinal analysis. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 84:735-743. [Alumna/Faculty Research; NIOSH-funded research]

Dagher RK, McGovern PM, Dowd BE: [2014] Maternity Leave duration and postpartum mental and physical health: Implications for leave policies, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 39(2):369-416. [Alumna/Faculty Research; NIOSH-funded research]

Gjerdingen DK, McGovern PM, Attanasio L ,Johnson PJ, Kozhimannil KB: [2014] The relationship between postpartum depressive symptoms, employment, and social support. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 27(1):87-96. [Faculty and student research]

McGovern PM, Dagher RK, Roeber Rice H, Gjerdingen DK, Dowd BE, Ukestad LK, Lundberg U: [2011]. A longitudinal analysis of total workload and women's health after childbirth. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 53(5):497-505. [Faculty/Student Research; NIOSH-funded research]

 

TOTAL WORKER HEALTH

Briggs A: [2014] Dissertation: An Evaluation of the Association of Physical Inactivity and Sitting Time on Back Pain and Productivity Loss, University of Minnesota. [PM: PhD Thesis Advisor]

Dagher R, McGovern PM, Dowd BE, Lundberg U: [2011] Postpartum depressive symptoms and the combined load of paid and unpaid work: A longitudinal analysis. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 84:735-743. [Alumna/Faculty Research; NIOSH-funded research]

Dagher RK, McGovern PM, Dowd BE: [2014] Maternity Leave duration and postpartum mental and physical health: Implications for leave policies, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 39(2):369-416. [Alumna/Faculty Research; NIOSH-funded research]

McGovern PM, Dagher RK, Roeber Rice H, Gjerdingen DK, Dowd BE, Ukestad LK, Lundberg U: [2011]. A longitudinal analysis of total workload and women's health after childbirth. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 53(5):497-505. [Faculty/Student Research; NIOSH-funded research]

Schult TM, Awosika ER, Hodgson MJ, Dyrenforth S: [2011] Disparities in health behaviors and chronic conditions in health care providers in the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 53(10):1134-1145. [OHSRP trainee employment-related research]

Schult TM, Awosika ER, Hodgson MJ, Martinello RA: [2011] 2009 influenza pandemic impact on sick leave use in the Veterans Health Administration: framework for a health care provider-based national syndromic surveillance system. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 5(Suppl 2):S235-S241. [Student employment-related research]

Schult TM, Awosika ER, Hodgson MJ, Hirsch PR, Nichol KL, Dyrenforth S, Moore SC: [2012] Innovative approaches for understanding seasonal influenza vaccine declination in healthcare personnel support development of new campaign strategies. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 33:924-931. [Student employment-related research]

Schult TM, Galway AM, Awosika ER, Schmunk SK, Hodgson MJ: [2013] Management support, worksite culture, and local resources for healthier employees: the VA experience. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 55:310-317. [Student employment-related research]

Schult TM, Awosika ER, Schmunk SK, Hodgson MJ, Heymach BL, Dent Parker C: [2013] Sitting on stability ball: Biomechanics evaluation in a workplace setting. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 10:55-63. [Student employment-related research]

Schult,Tamara: [2013] The Effects of Job-Related Strains and Stressors on Mental Health Symptoms in National Guard Veterans Returning from Iraq [PhD Thesis Advisor; McGovern, PM and Thesis Co-Advisor, Dowd BE]

 

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