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National Nurses Week

May 7, 2019

By Alexandra Barton

DOC Communications

(Alexandra Barton, DOC Communications)

INFOGRAPHIC: Correctional Nurses

Every year since 1993, the American Nurses Association has declared the week of May 6-12 National Nurses Week to give communities and organizations all over the nation the chance to commemorate the immense contributions and impact of the four million currently registered nurses in America. May 12, the day the celebration ends, was chosen to mark the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Over 400 nurses are currently employed by the Department of Corrections to provide healthcare to incarcerated individuals while they are under the department’s jurisdiction. Correctional nurses must perform numerous medical tasks to meet the needs of the incarcerated patients they serve.

“Our nursing staff is vital to the Department of Corrections. They work tirelessly day in and day out to ensure the health and wellbeing of our incarcerated population,” said Secretary Steve Sinclair. “I am appreciative of their hard work and dedication.”