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OPWDD Celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12, 2017


The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is celebrating National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2017.

Thousands of nurses statewide, including Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Infection Control Nurses, Community Mental Health Nurses, and Nurse Administrators work tirelessly every day to support people with developmental disabilities.

Nurses make a difference. Here are only a few of examples of what our nurses do out in the field every day:

  • Work with direct support professionals and clinical staff  to deliver a team approach to care;
  • Work to promote preventative care with the individuals we serve;
  • Advocate to ensure that the needs of those they support are met;
  • Create or carry out agency policy; and,
  • Train emergency responders on best practices when treating people with developmental disabilities.

“As we celebrate National Nurses week, I want to thank the countless nurses whose hard work, dedication and compassion help people with developmental disabilities live richer lives,” said OPWDD Acting Commissioner Kerry Delaney. “You deserve special recognition not only this week, but every week of the year.”

We at OPWDD ask you to please take a moment during National Nurses Week to thank the nurses you know for all they do to help the people and families we support and serve lead fuller and healthier lives.

Nurses Week Proclamation