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For Release: April 28, 2011 - Pamela Williams, Office of Communications – (405) 271-5601

Public Health Salutes Nurses During National Nurses Week, May 6-12

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is joining the American Nurses Association and Oklahoma’s local county health departments in recognizing those who work in nursing. Every year, National Nurses Week, May 6-12, focuses attention on the diverse ways America's 3.1 million registered nurses work to save lives and to improve the health of millions of individuals. In Oklahoma, there are approximately 42,743 RNs and 18,806 LPNs working in the field of nursing. The celebration begins May 6 on RN Recognition Day and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. This year’s theme is “Nurses Trusted to Care.”

Commissioner and Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Terry Cline, along with OSDH Nursing Service Chief Diana Pistole, would like the public to join them in paying tribute to Oklahoma’s nurses for the valuable services they provide in helping Oklahomans stay healthy.

“We applaud the contributions of our public health nurses,” said Cline. “Their services are invaluable as they help shape the health of our citizens by providing immunizations, nutrition education, child guidance, disease and injury prevention and treatment, and health education.”

“The nursing profession continues to expand and provide career opportunities for those considering working in the health care profession. I certainly want to encourage those who like to help others to join the nursing profession by exploring the career training offered through colleges and universities,” Pistole said. 

 The demand for registered nursing service is expected to grow as the number of Americans age 65 and older increases. For more information about National Nurses Week or nursing career opportunities at the OSDH and local county health departments, contact the county health department in your area.


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