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For Release:  April 25, 2013 - Office of Communications, Pamela Williams - 405/271-5601

Nurses Are Recognized During National Nurses Week, May 6-12

The American Nurses Association, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and local county health departments will recognize Oklahoma’s nurses for their caring, skill and hard work during National Nurses Week, May 6-12. The theme this year is “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care” and will focus attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of others. There are approximately 30,000 RNs and 12,000 LPNs working in nursing in Oklahoma.

OSDH Nursing Service Chief Tina Johnson acknowledged Oklahoma’s public health nurses for their role in the health delivery system in Oklahoma. “We thank all nurses for their contributions to the health care system, regardless of the specialty they chose. We also want to encourage others to consider the nursing profession as a career choice,” she said.

Public health nurses help “Shape Your Future” through the health department services they provide such as immunizations, nutrition, child guidance, disease and injury prevention and treatment, and health education in medical facilities, schools, and local clinics. They assist in times of disease outbreaks in local communities by helping provide the “boots on the ground” necessary to protect public health for all Oklahomans.

The OSDH supports and encourages employers to also use the National Nurses Week observance as an opportunity to recognize their nurse employees through programs and events. Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

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