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Health Department Recognizes Achievements of Nurses

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week

For Release:   ________, 2010
Contact: (Administrator Name/ Title)
_______County Health Department  
(Telephone #)

Health Departments Recognize Achievements of Local Nurses

National Nurses Week is May 6 – 12

The _____ County Health Department is joining the American Nurses Association and the Oklahoma State Department of Health and other county health departments across the state in celebrating Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow, as part of National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

The purpose of Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow is to raise awareness of the value of nursing to society and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people from emergency preparedness to everyday public health and private duty nursing in health care facilities across Oklahoma. Oklahoma currently licenses almost 60,000 nurses, including RNs, LPNs, and Advanced Practice Nurses.

“Some of the services that local public health nurses 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, emergency preparedness and school health education,” said _____ County Health Department Administrative Director _____.

 “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 Diana Pistole, chief of Nursing Services at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

Please join the ____ County Health Department in telling our local nurses that you appreciate them: (List names of nurses in your county here.)

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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