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For Immediate Release

GDC Honors the State's Correctional Nurses
- National Correctional Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2015

FORSYTH, GA.Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) will honor the nurses who provide the state’s offenders the highest quality of treatment and care the week of May 6-12, 2015 in recognition of National Correctional Nurses Week. A proclamation, signed by Governor Nathan Deal, was presented by Commissioner Homer Bryson to a group of nurses from Georgia Correctional Healthcare, at the Joint Law Enforcement Board Meeting in Glennville on April 16.

“I am extremely proud to have this caliber of healthcare professionals working within our corrections system. They are dedicated and committed to providing the best care to our offender population,” said Commissioner Bryson. “Their work is essential to our mission of running safe and secure facilities.”

National Nurses Week, established in 1954 by the American Nurses Association, was created to recognize the contributions nurses make to the community. The focus of this year’s National Nurses Week will be on the significance of promoting and advocating for the rights, health, and safety of nurses and their patients. Additionally, it will provide nurses the opportunity to increase awareness among the public about their role in providing ethical, quality healthcare.

In the state of Georgia, there are more than 150,000 registered nurses and 628 of those are nurses who provide healthcare within the state’s corrections system. Georgia’s correctional nurses provide care to individuals who are at greater risk of infectious diseases, mental health disorders, chronic medical conditions, and acute or emergent problems.

 The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 55,000 state prisoners and over 160,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 12,000 employees.

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