The Duncan Banner

May 7, 2013

Stephens County Health Department Nurses Recognized

The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The Stephens  County Health Department, Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), and the American Nurses Association 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 tirelessly to save lives and to improve the health of others. The OSDH and the Stephens County Health Department support and encourage employers to also use the National Nurses Week observance as an opportunity to recognize their nurse employees through programs and events.

“We salute their dedication, commitment and service to the people of Stephens County,” said Mike Milton Stephens County Health Department administrative director.

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.

 “We encourage nurses to keep up the good work and we want to say ‘thanks’ for a job well done,” said Milton. “There is a great need for more nurses in the workforce so we also want to encourage students to consider a career in nursing.”

Nurses in the Stephens County Health Department are Kasey Brown, RN coordinating nurse; Neva Garner, RN; Kristy Bowen, RN; Tiffany Dennis, RN; and Leah Arbuckle, RN.

There are approximately 30,000 RNs and 12,000 LPNs working in nursing in Oklahoma. 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.