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Elizabeth Anne Thomas, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, COHN-S, CNL
Assistant Professor

Location: 3-153 Factor Building
Phone: (310) 825-3513
E-mail: ethomas@sonnet.ucla.edu

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

Dr. Thomas's research focuses on type 2 diabetes in older working adults. She has conducted grounded-theory qualitative studies on diabetes self-management at work and quantitative work on type 2 diabetes, hearing loss and work-related exposures (noise and chemicals) in older Mexican Americans. Current studies include an extension of grounded-theory qualitative studies on diabetes self-management at work and a quantitative study of self-efficacy for diabetes self-management, self-management behaviors, and work productivity in older adults.

Dr. Thomas has 20+ years of experience as an Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner working in high technology industries meeting the health, safety, and ergonomic needs of employees. She has designed, implemented, and managed numerous occupational health programs, including award winning workers' compensation and ergonomics programs. She has extensive experience as a team member and team leader in Total Quality Management initiatives.

Courses

439C (W11), 204 (W11), 439D (Sp11)

Professional Activities

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Fellowship for Doctoral Education, 2006-2009.
Experienced Researcher Grant, AAOHN Foundation, 2009.
UCLA School of Nursing Intramural Grant, 2011.
California State Association of Occupational Health Nurses Board of Directors, Treasurer, 2011-2012.
California El Camino Real Association of Occupational Health Nurses Board of Directors, Nominations, 2010-2012.

Education

Santa Ana College, AA, 1974, Pre-Nursing
Cerritos College, AS, 1976, Nursing
California State University, Fullerton, BSN, 1986, Nursing
University of California San Francisco, MSN, 1989, Nursing, Occupational and Environmental Health
University of California San Francisco, PhD, 2009, Nursing

Honors and Awards

1997 Corporate Services Divisional Recognition Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in the Development and Implementation of a Box and Cassette Handling Class for Clean Room Manufacturing Technicians, Intel Corporation
1999 Corporate Services Divisional Recognition Award for Reducing Costs in Occupational Health Services by Driving the Nurse On-Call System, Intel Corporation
2000 Divisional Award for Development & Implementation of an Ergonomic Audit System, Intel Corporation, California Technology Manufacturing Division
2004 Total Quality Management Special Achievement Award, Analog Devices, Inc.
2004 Finalist in AQP National Quality Competition as Team Leader for Total Quality Management team, "Let's Get Physical"; Project also voted as best safety project of the conference by conference peers.
2004 Recognition award from the Tuberculosis Prevention Partnership of Santa Clara County for exceptional contributions to the Tuberculosis Prevention Partnership of Santa Clara County in the area of Occupational Health partnership and education
2005 Nominated for "Best Project Management Method" and "Predictable Operations:  Cost Reduction" awards as Team Leader for Total Quality Management Team, E=mc2 (Ergonomic Microscope Comfort and Control), Analog Devices, Inc.
2005 Awards for "Most Improvement on a Key Site Goal:  World Class Systems" and "Best Presentation" awards for OHSAS 18001 Implementation project, Analog Devices, Inc.
2006 Received award for exceptional service through team leadership of E=mc2 team and E=mc2, too team, Analog Devices, Inc.
2007 Awarded second prize for Poster Presentation of E=mc2 Ergonomic Microscope Comfort and Control project at 2007 American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Symposium

Publications

Thomas, E. A. (2011). Implementation of occupational health services improvements through application of Total Quality Management processes. AAOHN Journal, 59, 267-273.

Thomas, E. A. (2011). Diabetes at work: A grounded theory pilot study. AAOHN Journal, 213-220. Doi: 10.3928/08910162-20110418-01

Thomas, E. A., Janson, S., Wallhagen, M., Hong, O., Gillen, M., & Haan, M. (manuscript in process). Type 2 diabetes and hearing loss in older Mexican Americans.

Thomas, E. A. (2011). Ergonomic Microscope Comfort and Control: Application of Total Quality Management processes to reduce employee discomfort. AAOHN Journal, 59, 119-126. Doi: 10.3928/08910162-20110223-02


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