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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments

For Release: _____, 2006
Contact: __________
_____ County Health Department
(Phone)

Health Departments Celebrate National Nurses Week May 6-12

On May 6, 2006, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is joining the county health departments and the American Nurses Association in celebrating National Nurses Week, held May 6-12 every year.

Traditionally, National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to research institutions, public health departments, state legislatures, and Congress, the nursing profession is helping to meet the expanding health care needs of American society.

Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Dr. Michael Crutcher, along with OSDH Chief of Nursing Service Diana Pistole, MPH, RN, are proud to recognize the more than 600 public health nurses in Oklahoma.

“We are pleased to recognize our nurses for their dedication, commitment, and tireless effort through providing health care services for seven days a week, 365 days a year, to the citizens of Oklahoma,” said Crutcher.

In addition, the _____ County Health Department wishes to recognize the valuable services that nurses provide to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare in our local communities.

“Some of the services provided by public health nurses 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, school health education, bioterrorism preparedness, and _____,” said _____ County Health Department Administrative Director _____.

"We invite the community to join us in recognizing the following public health nurses on staff with the _____ County Health Department,” said _____.
(List names of the nursing staff here.)

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