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Florida Health in Flagler Thanks Nurses During National Nurses Week

By Gretchen Smith

May 03, 2018

Bunnell, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health recognizes May 6-May 12 as National Nurses Week, a time to honor the crucial role nurses play in keeping Florida’s residents and visitors healthy and safe.

 “The Department of Health-Flagler is fortunate to have an excellent and experienced team of public health nurses who provide valuable service to Flagler County residents every day,” says Bob Snyder, County Health Officer. “Under the leadership of our nursing director Bonnie Welter, they take great pride in their work and demonstrate care and compassion in promoting better health and prevention. I am proud to be associated with them and ask everyone to join me in thanking all nurses practicing in Flagler County.”

 Nursing is a diverse field, and public health nurses can work in many different settings. They work in clinics to provide immunizations, conduct testing for diseases and infections, help people manage chronic conditions like diabetes and asthma and inspire patients to lead healthier lives. According to Snyder, the Flagler DOH nursing staff is focused on, to a large extent, women’s health and prenatal services, immunizations for children and adults, communicable disease monitoring and coordination of school health services.

 Public health nurses also help communities prepare for natural disasters and assist in disaster relief efforts. During Hurricane Irma, Florida’s dedicated nurses and nurses from other states volunteered to staff more than 90 special needs shelters in 53 counties, providing mass care for people who could not safely remain in their home.

 Nurses continue to be high-demand in Florida. The Florida Center for Nursing (FCN) estimates that by 2025 Florida will have a shortage of at least 50,300 registered nurses, or 56,000 registered nurses and 12,500 licensed practical nurses.

 To respond to the growing nursing shortage, the department joined the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact in January 2018, allowing registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who hold licensure in one Compact state to practice in any of the 27 Compact states without having to obtain additional licenses. Florida now issues a multi-state license to new applicants who meet the Compact licensure requirements; nurses who reside in Florida and hold an active, unrestricted license will also have the option to convert from a standard Florida license to a multi-state license.

For more information regarding the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact please visit the Florida Board of Nursing web page at

To learn more about obtaining a license as a nurse, visit

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