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Florida Health in Flagler Thanks Nurses During National Nurses Week

May 06, 2019

Bunnell, Fla.— Across Florida, there are thousands of nurses with a passion and commitment to care for others in their greatest times of need. They are the compassionate faces at the bedside and the healing hands that work tirelessly to ensure that each patient, adult or child, receives safe, quality health care.

This week, May 6 through May 12, the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County (DOH-Flagler) is joining partners across the community to celebrate National Nurses Week and highlight the diverse ways nurses are working to improve health care. Today, there are more than 400,000 nursing professionals in Florida who play a vital role in maintaining the health of Floridians.

“Our health department is fortunate to have an outstanding team of public health nurses who everyday provide valuable service to Flagler County residents,” 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 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, treatment and case management; and coordination of school health services.

Nursing: The Most Trusted Profession in the Country

Nurses make up a large portion of Florida’s health care workforce. Almost everyone has had an interaction with a nurse, whether it be in a hospital, health clinic, private practice, home care setting or school environment where nurses are often the primary caregivers and patient advocates.

According to Gallup’s 2018 Honesty and Ethics Survey, more than four in five Americans (84%) rate the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as "very high" or "high," earning them the top spot among a diverse list of professions for the 17th consecutive year.

Governor DeSantis recently signed two proclamations acknowledging the importance and efforts of Florida’s nurses in health care and school settings.

School Nurses Vital to Student Health, In and Out of School

DOH-Flagler also recognizes Wednesday, May 8 as School Nurse Day- a day to recognize Florida’s more than 1,178 registered professional school nurses for the important work they do on behalf of students. School nurses are an essential component to the health and well-being of students, particularly those with acute and chronic health conditions.

During the 2017-2018 school year, Florida’s school health nurses served more than 2.8 million students and supervised more than 25 million services to keep Florida’s students safe and healthy while at school. These nursing services help keep students healthy so they can spend more time learning and in the classroom.

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