Ada Mayo Stewart Excellence in Occupational Health Case Management Award

This prestigious award is presented annually by the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) to the individual who achieved the highest score on the previous year’s Case Management (CM) certification examination. 

This award was established in January 2000 to honor Ada Mayo Stewart.   In 1895, Ms. Stewart was one of the first industrial health nurses in the United States.  Her practice at the Vermont Marble Company involved many facets of occupational health case management.  She worked in the clinic, provided health education for employees and their families and made home visits.  She was the first case manager in occupational health nursing as we know it today. This year, ABOHN had two individuals tie for this award;

The first 2017 recipient of the Ada Mayo Stewart Excellence Award in Case Management is:


Rita A Wicks, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM

L-R: ABOHN BOD Lucy Carlson with Rita Wicks accepting her award.

When we asked Rita how she got started in her nursing career, she answered that “her mother made her do it”! At 18 years old, Rita began her studies and eventually graduated nursing school and started her career in the emergency room. 

When it was time to start her family, she looked for a job that would bring work balance to her life and found a position as an Occupational health Nurse at Daimler Chrysler and is now the Occupational Health Supervisor in the Northeast District for UPS.  She supports five states and over 13,000 employees.

Rita’s expertise has opened up many opportunities for her to share her knowledge.  She has been a member of and worked for AAOHN chapters, NYAOHN and CNYAOHN (Central New York). This year, Rita will be assisting with the development of the AAOHN Online Case Manager Certification Review Course for those who wish to sit for the ABOHN CM examination.

Rita has some general words of advice: “if someone tells you can’t do something, find the inner strength and prove them wrong.  Show them you are more than what they see on the outside. Experience all this profession has to offer, and don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can or cannot achieve.”.

Rita currently reside in New York with her daughter Taylor, husband Terry, and fur baby Lily.



The second 2017 recipient of the Ada Mayo Steward Excellence Award in Case Management is:

Sandra Wampler, BSN, RN, COHN-S/CM

L-R: ABOHN BOD Daurice Holly with Sandra Wampler accepting her award.

Sandi is the Administrator of an occupational health clinic for a manufacturer in Tennessee where she has worked for the past 23 years.  Initially she was not familiar with the field of occupational health nursing and simply stumbled upon it.  She has found it to be an immensely satisfying field of nursing which offers variety, a chance to grow professionally and opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.

After graduating from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Sandi worked in a small hospital in Arkansas.  Armed with various experiences as a hospital nurse, she added to her resume by working as a school nurse in Arkansas and then Missouri.  Upon moving to Tennessee with her husband and three children, she began her career as an occupational health nurse. 

Sandi's manager, during her early years in the field, had graduated from Harvard with her master’s degree in occupational health nursing.  Sandi was inspired by her manager's considerable knowledge and soaked up the opportunities afforded her for additional training.   Her manager's willingness to invest in her continued training became a significant factor in the course of her career.  With her encouragement, Sandi successfully completed her COHN-S exam.

 Sandi has attempted to emulate her former manager by supporting and encouraging her nurses to become certified.  Currently five have completed their certification. Sandi recently pursued and completed her Case Management certification.  While seeking to expand her knowledge, she continues to encourage growth in her staff.   




Congratulation Rita and Sandra on your success!