A Day of Appreciation and Celebration for Health Nurses of Arkansas

(Little Rock) — The Public Health Nursing Association of Arkansas (PHNAA) Section of the Arkansas Public Health Association (APHA) has scheduled “A Day of Appreciation and Celebration” for public health nurses of Arkansas. The First Christian Church in Little will be the site of the celebration on Saturday, February 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Public health nurses will be recognized for their hard work during the rounds of mass flu clinics and school clinics recently completed in all seventy-five counties of Arkansas.

Public health nurses include those employed by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and school nurses throughout the state. In Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Health administered 626,578 doses of seasonal and H1N1 vaccine at an estimated 1,199 school/daycare clinics statewide and at 180 mass flu clinics in every county, and there were no known reports to CDC of any undesirable reactions to any flu vaccine.

Special speakers during the day will include former U.S. Senator David Pryor, and B.J. Sams, former news anchor of KTHV in Little Rock. Nurses will receive two continuing nursing education credits for their participation. First Christian Church is located at 1500 N. Mississippi Street in Little Rock.

PHNAA was established in 1981 for the Public Health nurses who work for the Arkansas Department of Health. The purposes of the Association include:

• Increase public & professional awareness & acceptance of the vital role of the nurse in the local public health program.
• Promotion of better working conditions, increase benefits, and increase opportunities for training & education for Public Health Nurses.
• Sharing of experiences, techniques, projects & activities proven successful in Public Health Nursing.
• Provide a vehicle for nurses to have an opportunity for input in the formation of policy & program plans affecting the delivery of health care services.