Florida Department of Health in Marion County thanks nurses during National Nurses Week
May 07, 2018
OCALA, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health recognizes May 6 to May 12 as National Nurses Week and as a time to honor the crucial role nurses play in keeping Florida’s residents and visitors healthy and safe. The department commends the many nurses that volunteered to provide care in special needs shelters during Hurricane Irma for their hard work and sacrifice.
“Our mission at the department is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida, and our nurses are at the core of that mission,” said Florida Department of Health in Marion County Health Officer Mark Lander. “Our nurses play a key role in everything that we do, from making sure that our youngest residents are immunized to taking care of students in schools to caring for people with special medical needs during a disaster.”
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 people to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
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 in high demand in Florida. The Florida Center for Nursing estimates that by 2025 Florida will have a shortage of 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 http://floridanursing.gov/. To learn more about obtaining a license as a nurse, visit www.flhealthsource.gov.