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Fill-in-the-Blank County Health Department News Release

National Nurses Week/National School Nurse Day

For Release:            _____, 2008
Contact:            (Administrator Name/ Title)
                        ____County Health Department
                        (Telephone #)

_____ County Health Department Recognizes Achievements of Nurses National Nurses Week is May 6-12 and National School Nurse Day is May 7

The work of America's 2.9 million registered nurses to save lives and to maintain the health of millions of individuals is the focus of this year's National Nurses Week, celebrated annually May 6-12.  The American Nurses Association has selected “Nurses: Making a Difference Every Day" as the theme for 2008. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the _____ County Health Department take this time every year to recognize the hard work and many achievements of public health nurses in making all Oklahomans stronger and healthier.

There are about 450 nurses employed statewide at local county health departments including _____ at the _____ County Health Department. “Some of the services they provide are 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, bioterrorism preparedness and school health education,” said _____County Health Department Administrative Director _____.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on RN Recognition Day, May 6, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. During this week, registered nurses in Oklahoma are recognized for the dedication, commitment and effort they provide to the public seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Also during National Nurses Week, the National Association of School Nurses, Inc. will recognize National School Nurse Day on May 7, using the theme “Healthy Children Learn Better.”

National School Nurse Day was established to promote a better understanding of the role of school nurses in educational settings.  Today, school nursing is recognized as a specialized practice with more than 50,000 school nurses across the country. They promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student/family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning.

County health departments across the state have partnered with local school districts to provide school nursing services. Public health nurses contract with schools to provide school nursing services in 12 counties, including Garfield, Grant, Major, Woods, Carter, Canadian, Coal, Blaine, Dewey, Kingfisher, Lincoln, and Logan counties. 

Diana Pistole, MPH, RN, OSDH Chief of Nursing Service, Barbara Smith, MPH, RN, M.Ed., OSDH School Health Coordinator, and Cabinet Secretary for Health and State Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Crutcher would like to salute all nurses in both the public and private sectors for their dedicated service in meeting the health care needs of Oklahomans.

“In addition, _____County Health Department would like to take this opportunity to thank all local nurses for their hard work in our community,” said _____.

The public health nurses in _____ County Health Department include the following:  (List names of nurses in your county here.) _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

For information on National School Nurse Day, visit this Web site: www.nasn.org. For more information about National Nurses Week or nursing job opportunities at the OSDH and county health departments, visit the following Web sites: http://nursingworld.org/ or http://www.ok.gov/health/Career_Opportunities/index.html

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