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Nurses Week Event Features 100th Anniversary of School Nursing.

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- ST. PAUL, Minn., May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The work of Minnesota's 66,500 Registered Nurses to save lives and to maintain the health of millions of individuals is the focus of this year's National Nurses Week, celebrated annually May 6-12 -- the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

National Nurses Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.

Minnesota's nurses this year will shine the spotlight on School Nursing, marking 100 years of accomplishments and advancements school nurses have contributed in the last century. Recognition ceremonies are scheduled for May 7 at 2:30 p.m. and will be held at St. Paul's Arlington High School. The program will feature a Scholarship presentation of at least $3,000 that has been coordinated by the School Nurses Association of Minnesota (SNOM). The event is a collaborative effort of SNOM, the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) and Education Minnesota. See attached Media Alert for details.

Nurse members of MNA's local Districts will also host individual evening celebrations throughout the week. See attached schedule for times and local contacts.

In 1902, Nurse Lina Rogers was placed in the New York City school district as an "experiment." Her efforts were demonstrated in the following year, documented by significantly fewer children being sent home due to illness.

Today, school nurses screen for illnesses, provide health education for students and faculty, assess mental health issues, administer immunizations and provide life-saving care during emergency situations.

In Minnesota, an estimated 600 Licensed School Nurses make a difference in the lives of the state's school children, faculty and families.

With more than 16,800 members, MNA is the leading organization for registered nurses in the Midwest and is among the oldest and largest representatives of RNs for collective bargaining in the nation. Established in 1905, MNA is a multi-purpose organization that fosters high standards for nursing education and practice, and works to advance the profession through legislative activity. MNA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association and it's labor arm, the United American Nurses.
 Nurses Week Celebration Honors School Nursing
 What: Nurses Week and School Nurses Day Celebration
 Date/Time: Wednesday, May 7, 2003; 2:30 pm
 Why: - Honor Registered Nurses and the birthday of Florence
 - Honor the 100th Anniversary of School Nursing
 Location: Arlington Senior High School Cafetorium
 1495 Rice Street, St. Paul (corner of Arlington and Rice
 For Directions call: 651-293-6900
 Agenda: William Dunn, Principal Arlington Senior High School
 Cecilia DuPlessis Erickson, President of School Nurses of
 Monica Vollmuth, RN MA, CNP, President, Minnesota Nurses
 Sandra Peterson, Vice President, Education Minnesota
 Cecelia DuPlessis Erickson
 - Brief History, Proclamation (tbd); Scholarship
 Presentation; Sponsorships/Partnerships Recognition
 Dr. Ken Dragseth, Superintendent of Edina Schools,
 President, Minnesota Association of School
 Carmen Teskey, School Nurse Administrator of the Year
 Mary Klehr, SNOM School Nurse of the Year
 Family of Zachary Mueller, asthma sufferer who benefits
 from School Nursing
 Ruthellen Luehr, Minnesota Department of Children, Families
 and Learning
 Jan Jernell, Division Director, Family Health, Minnesota
 Department of Health
 Representative from Minnesota Department of Human Services
 Cecelia DuPlessis Erickson
 Features: Music provided by Arlington Senior High School Band
 Junior ROTC greeters
 Cake and punch after ceremony
 Availability: 2:30-3:00 p.m. (program); 3:00-4:00 p.m. (reception)
 Partners: Medical Technologies, Van Zandt Distributing, Health Start,
 St. Paul, Institute of Environment Assessment, Medtronic,
 Inc., Health Partners, Branson Electronics, LarerSharp,
 Inc, St. Paul Federation of Teachers, School Health, Inc,
 many members and friends of The School Nurse Organization
 of Minnesota
 Nurses Week Event Statewide Events Hosted by MNA Districts
 2nd District Counties: Cook, Lake, Carlton, Pine, Aitkin
 Date/Time: May 5; 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. or 4:00-8:00 p.m.
 What: Workshop "Ethical Considerations in Accepting and
 Rejecting Assignments"
 Lucie Ferrell, Phd, RN
 Where: College of St. Scholastica;
 Contact: 651-646-4807, ext. 161 / cell 612-860-6658
 3rd District Counties: Hennepin, Scott, Anoka and Carver Counties
 Date/Time: May 8; 6:00 p.m.
 What: Annual Banquet, Meeting, Awards and Talent Show
 Where: Vescio's Cucina, 4001 Highway 7, St. Louis Park.
 Contact: Therese Daniel or Sandra Johnson, 952-920-9860; email:
 4th District Counties: Washington, Ramsey, Dakota
 Date: May 6; 6:00 p.m.
 What: Annual meeting and Awards Banquet; Guest Speaker,
 Dr. Dale Anderson, author of "Never Act Your Age."
 Where: Digidios, 7th St. St. Paul
 Contact: Barb Miller, 651-222-7448 or email:
 5th District Counties: McCleod, Sibley, Nicollet, Brown, Blue Earth,
 Watonwan, Martin, Faribault, Freeborn
 Date/Time: May 8; 6:00 p.m.
 What: Annual Nurses Week Banquet
 Where: Gustavus Adolphus College
 Contact: Linda Rossow,
 7th District Counties: Clay, Becker, Wadena, Todd, Douglas, Grant,
 Otter Tail, Wilkin, Traverse
 What: Annual Banquet
 Date/Time: May 8; 6:00 p.m. (preceded by Education session "Nursing
 Involvement in Emergency Preparedness" presented by the
 Staff of Otter Tail County Public Health)
 Where: VFW, 420 Washington Ave. E. Fergus Falls
 Contact: Jan Rabbers, 651-646-4807, ext. 161 / cell 612-860-6658

CONTACT: Jan Rabbers of Minnesota Nurses Association, +1-651-646-4807, +1-800-536-4662, ext. 161, or cell, +1-612-860-6658
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