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Occupational Health and Safety
Work Environment and Organization of Work
Mazen El Ghaziri is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, at UMass Lowell. His area of interest is workplace violence, focused on the organization of work and the work environment. Throughout his postdoctoral experience Mazen has been able to augment his interests in workplace violence, work organization and the work environment, with a bio-behavioral approach to preventive interventions. His interests in correctional officers’ health and wellness, the nursing workforce, and the aging workforce have all meshed with the cross-disciplinary approaches that were introduced at UCONN. Mazen’s career highlights include being the Magnet Coordinator for the 1st Magnet designated facility in the Middle East (Lebanon) and as cabinet member of the Order of Nurses in Lebanon. Mazen served as one of the University of Maryland, Baltimore President’s Fellows for the year 2012-2013, tackling the issue of civility as a core instruction value, and he also served as the President of the Nursing Doctoral Student Organization.
Mazen is currently interested in characterizing the occupational exposures and outcomes of registered nurses in the correctional healthcare workforce. The study will use a mixed methods approach, combining surveys and interviews to compare gender differences in occupational exposures, role expectations, and health behaviors. The results will help identify interventions to reduce occupational health risks and promote the health and well-being of correctional nurses. The study will also inform strategies to improve utilization of a peer mediation program.
For his dissertation research titled “Understanding the Impact of Coworker Conflict in an Unionized U.S. Public Sector Workforce and Comparative Psychometric Review of the Negative Act Questionnaire”, Mazen utilized a large dataset generated as part of his advisor’s (Dr. Jane Lipscomb) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH) R01 grant to explore measurement issues related to studying workplace co-worker violence as well as the association between worker conflict and the impact of these behaviors on the individual worker and the organization. Mazen was also involved in data collection and analysis, as well as developing a workplace intervention that was the focus of this applied research project.
Mazen is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Pi Chapter, the American Public Health Association, and he was instrumental in establishing the Maryland Chapter of the American Assembly of Men in Nursing. Mazen was the recipient of the University of Maryland Alumni Association Award for Outstanding PhD Graduate, and was nominated by the University of Maryland School of Nursing for the American Associations of Colleges of Nursing Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award.