Educational Offerings

Schusler Respiratory and Wellness Conference

The Schusler Respiratory & Wellness Conference is sponsored by the Harvard-NIOSH Education and Research Center’s Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Simmons College 


Date:  Thursday September 25, 2008

Time:  8:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm

Place:  Simmons College: Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

in the Main College Building

300 The FenwayBoston, MA 02115

Registration Fee: Early Bird: $60(before Aug 21) After Aug 21: $75

The conference is a celebration of Kathleen Schusler’s contributions to the field of occupational health.  Kathleen was a graduate of the Simmons College Nurse Practitioner Program and worked as an Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Manager at the Center for Occupational and Employee Health at Exeter Hospital.   
 She was a past president of the Northeast Association of Occupational Health Nurses and the New Hampshire Association of Occupational Health Nurses.  In 1997 Kathy received the Medique National Leadership Award from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.  She also co-authored the text Guide to the Medical Evaluation for Respirator Use.  Kathleen passed away on January 23, 2008.  This conference offers education on subjects that she cared about, including respiratory protection and wellness programs for workers. Many of the speakers are friends and colleagues.  We will always remember Kathy’s passion for life, positive personality and caring ways. 
Agenda 7:30 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:45 Opening Comments Susan Duty, ANP-BC, ScD
8:45 – 9:00 Dedication to Kathleen   COEH Co-worker
9:00 – 10:30 Medical Evaluation and Clearance for Respirator Use The New ANSI/AIHA Recommendations  
Robert K.  McLellan, MD, MPH, FACOEM
10:30-10:45 BREAK
10:45 – 11:30 Struggling with Annual Fit Testing for N95 Respirators? Basic Procedures and Hints for Success
Susan Legendre, MS, RN, COHN-S 
11:30 – 11:45 Video Tribute to Kathleen Schusler
11:45 – 12:45  LUNCH
12:45 – 1:55 American Disability Act – Impact on Clearance to Work   Carolyn Langer, MD
1:55 – 2:15 OSHA Consultation:
We’re From the Government & We’re Here to Help You!
Teresa Ferrara, MPH
2:15 – 2:30 BREAK
2:30 – 4:00 Wellness at Work – The Purdue Company Experience      Peggy Manusek 
Contact Hours This program provides 5.25 Nursing contact hours.  Simmons College is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   There has been no commercial support for this program. To Successfully Complete A Program And Receive Contact Hours You Must: 
1) Sign In, 2) Be Present For the Entire Time Period of the Session and 3) Complete And Submit The Evaluation 
Registration Fee: Make checks payable to Simmons College  Early Bird: $60(before Aug 21) After Aug 21: $75– guests are welcome
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Registration Information Registration fee includes attendance at all conference sessions, nursing contact hour certificate, breakfast, snacks and lunch, and conference handouts. Registration Form
Name: ______________________________Credentials:___________
Place of Employment:_____________________________________________
Preferred Mailing Address: ________________________________________________________
Email address (for confirmation acknowledgement)_____________________________________
We strongly recommend public transportation, however limited parking may be available for a fee. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for parking. Yes ____  No_____
(confirmation of parking availability will be sent electronically)
Registration fee enclosed:  $60 BEFORE AUGUST 21, 2008 __   OR $75 AFTER August 21, 2008 __
Registration fee: $75  (Early Bird rate $60 before August 21, 2008)
Make checks payable to: Simmons College
Mail to:
Annette Coscia
Department of Nursing, School for Health Studies
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Room S332
Boston, MA 02115-5898
For further information, call Susan Duty  at 617-521-2096 or email at