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For Release: April 27, 2010
Contact:  
Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
(405) 271-5601

All Across the United States, Nurses are Being Saluted

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is joining the American Nurses Association and Oklahoma’s local county health departments in celebrating Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow, as part of National Nurses Week, May 6-12. Oklahoma currently licenses almost 60,000 nurses, including RNs, LPNs, and Advanced Practice Nurses.

The purpose of Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow is to raise awareness of the value of the nursing profession to society. Nurses consistently rank as very high with the American public for their honesty and integrity.  Nurses have ranked as first in the Gallup Poll every year but one after being added to the list in 1999.  National Nurses Week is a designated time to help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people from an office or clinic visit, to emergency preparedness and response services, to helping prevent and stop the spread of diseases.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank nurses for their commitment and tireless efforts that contribute to the success of educating and maintaining the public’s health,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline. “I particularly want to recognize their work the past several months in vaccinating Oklahoma’s population for both seasonal influenza and the new H1N1 flu. This commitment to working long hours in often hectic environments truly saved lives and helped protect Oklahomans from dealing with the complications of influenza.”

“Public health nurses provide quality work 365 days a year to ensure the health and safety of Oklahoma communities and families. Nurses are some of our most valuable human resources in protecting the public’s health and we appreciate their hard work,” said OSDH Chief of Nursing Services Diana Pistole.

For more information about National Nurses Week or nursing job opportunities at the OSDH and county health departments, visit this Web site: http://www.ok.gov/health/Career_Opportunities/index.html.

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