Friends and Colleagues,
During National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, I would like to extend a special thank you to all nurses who, day in and day out, make it their mission to serve people with developmental disabilities.
OPWDD employs 1,463 nurses statewide, which includes Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Infection Control Nurses, Community Mental Health Nurses, and Nurse Administrators, as well as temporary or part-time staff.
Below are only a few of examples of what our nurses do out in the field every day:
- Advocate with health care providers and others involved in an individual’s care;
- Supervise direct support staff;
- Work with residential and therapy staff, dieticians, other nurses or doctors to deliver a team approach to care;
- Work in a clinic or a residence to promote preventative care with the individuals we serve;
- Handle diabetes management for individuals;
- Create or carry out agency policy; and,
- Train emergency responders on best practices for treating people with developmental disabilities.
National Nurses Week is a time for all of us here at OPWDD to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of nurses within our system as a whole. I want to personally thank you for all you do to help the people we support lead richer and healthier lives.
Theodore Kastner, MD, MS