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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments

Celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6 –12, 2004

For Release: April ___, 2004
Contact: (Administrative Director)
________ County Health Department
(Telephone #)

County Health Departments Recognize Importance of Nurses

The theme of this year’s National Nurses Week, May 6-12, is “Nurses: Your Voice, Your Health, Your Life”. The _______ County Health Department wishes to recognize the valuable services that nurses provide to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare.

“Public health nurses are important to the network of health care delivery systems. Some of the services they provide include child and adult immunizations, preventive health screenings, monitoring and control of communicable diseases and chronic health concerns, services that assure healthier mothers and babies, child abuse prevention, and school health education,” said ___________ County Health Administrative Director ______.

The _____ County Health Department salutes the work of America's 2.7 million registered nurses who save lives and help maintain the health of millions of people. In Oklahoma there are about 28,825 registered nurses, of which almost 600 are public health nurses. In addition, there are over 196,000 advanced practice nurses in the United States, of which 1,260 are in Oklahoma.

National Nurses Week begins on May 6, RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. In honor of National Nurses Week and RN Recognition Day, registered nurses around the country are encouraged to wear the official RN Pin.

Join us in recognizing the public health nurses on staff with the __________ County Health Department. They are: (list names of the nursing staff here).

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