DriverCheck is pleased to announce Shannon Jacobi, the Manager of our Remote Medical Services, is now the President-Elect of the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association.
Shannon was elected during the AOHNA’s annual general meeting at the association’s Symposium in Banff on May 30th. She will take over the position next year.
Shannon says she is honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the association and that her first order of business is to learn from the nurse leaders that have preceded her.
“They have done some phenomenal work and they know and understand Alberta and industry, and we all understand the business of occupational health. So part of my role is to contribute to moving the business of occupational health forward.”
Shannon says her role will involve committee work, expanding the OHNs scope of practice, soliciting association sponsorships and donations, developing quality audit tools, and monitoring and managing issues in the industry and within the OHN practice.
She says one of the biggest issues facing OHNs today is the growing need for medical care at work sites. “Some employers are in need of not just a first aid station but a full service medical clinic – primary care included,” says Shannon. In addition, she says more OHNs are needed to work in concert with EMTs and paramedics who are beginning to assume some of the duties that were once the domain of OHNs.
“The reality is the demographics speak for themselves. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be prepared. So it’s about building plans and strategies and making sure employers know how much value we bring to operational maintenance and integrity. We are the public health system for industry.”
Jillian Power, an Occupational Health Nurse at the University of Calgary says Shannon has the vision to recognize the challenges OHNs face and the potential solutions. “And as the AOHNA’s president, she has the ability to make those changes happen.”
Shannon is the Manager of DriverCheck’s Remote Medical Services and President-Elect of the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association. She is an Occupational Health Nurse with BLS, ACLS, ITLS, and TNCC designations as well as a Safety Professional (CRSP) and has decades of experience in occupational health, having both managed and worked in remote medical centres and industrial clinics. She has also run several health care companies actively involved in the insurance and compensation industries, and provided consulting services for occupational health, safety and disability management. Shannon is a certified project manager, having achieved a certificate in project leadership from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She has taught at both the University of Alberta and MacEwan University.
About DriverCheck Inc.
DriverCheck Inc. is a national provider of drug and alcohol testing, fatigue management and occupational health services. The physician-owned and operated company serves 6,000 clients across Canada and has a nationwide network of over 700 collection sites and clinics.