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By Arielle Ghanem

May 03, 2019

Naples, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) recognizes May 6 – May 12 as National Nurses Week. This annual observance is a time to recognize the positive impact of nurses and their contributions that are crucial in keeping our residents and visitors healthy and safe. DOH-Collier commends the many nurses who provide care for our family, friends, and loved ones.

Nurses play a huge role in the public health workforce. Public health nurses work with communities, families, and individuals to prevent disease and promote the overall health of the population. They work in clinics to provide immunizations, help people manage chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, and help communities prepare for natural disasters and assist with relief efforts in the aftermath. Nurses are on the front lines every day and are the backbone of public health.

Nursing continues to be a high-demand occupation in Florida. According to the Florida Center for Nursing, 40 percent of Florida’s nurses are approaching retirement within the next ten years. At the same time, Florida’s baby boomers are reaching the age for retirement. The demand for nursing personnel will increase dramatically as more care is needed for age-related conditions.

Florida has responded to the forecasted nursing shortage by joining the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact in 2018. This allows registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who hold licensure in one Compact state to practice in any of the other 27 Compact states without having to obtain additional licenses. For new applicants who meet the Compact licensure requirements, Florida issues a multi-state license. For nurses who are residents in Florida and hold an active, unrestricted license, they have the option to convert from a standard Florida license to a multi-state license.

For more information on the enhanced Florida Licensure Compact, visit

To learn more about obtaining a license as a nurse, visit

Join DOH-Collier as we thank our nurses who work diligently to provide support and high-quality care to our clients.


About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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