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DHEC Employees Win Big at the 2019 Palmetto Gold Nurse Awards and Gala: 12 Employees Honored

In its 18th year, the Palmetto Gold Nurse Awards Gala recognizes exemplary Registered Nurses throughout South Carolina who are constantly raising the bar in healthcare.  Through a nomination and selection process, 100 nurses are chosen each year and honored at the Gala.  To date, over 1400 nurses have been honored with this award.  This year, DHEC is proud to have 12 of our own recognized.

The gala was held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  Join us as we congratulate our 2019 Palmetto Gold Recipients!

Don’t Forget to Thank A Nurse This Week: National Nurses Week is May 6-12

Officially recognized in 1993, National Nurses Week was founded to celebrate nurses and their contributions to society as well as encourage more people to join the nursing profession.

Whenever there is someone in need of care, you can count on a nurse to show compassion in tending to their needs.  Nurses are critical in safeguarding individual and public health.

“We celebrate our DHEC nurses for protecting our communities one individual at a time,” said Rebecca Morrison, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC, director, Public Health Nursing.  “Nurses Week is a time to celebrate their dedication and commitment to Public Health nursing.”

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DHEC nurses provide care for clients in several programs, including:  immunizations, sexually transmitted disease (STD) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, tuberculosis, family planning, children’s health and more.  They are also in local schools and childcare centers.  For a full list of services we provide statewide, visit:   https://www.scdhec.gov/health/health-public-health-clinics/services-we-provide.

The nursing profession was founded to protect, promote, and improve health for all ages.  Take time this week to thank a nurse for all they do.

Honoring our nurses during National Nurses Week

By Cassandra Harris


As National Nurses Week 2015 draws to an end, we celebrate the critical role that South Carolina’s nurses play each and every day in helping to promote and protect the health of our state.

Beginning each year on May 6th and ending on May 12th (Florence Nightingale’s birthday), National Nurses Week recognizes the contributions that nurses and nursing make to our community. At DHEC and nationally, public health nurses primary focus is to promote health and prevent disease for entire population groups.

Here at DHEC, our public health nurses ​focus on the health of the populations we serve. They are found in every community across the state, providing nursing care each and every day.  They work with individuals and families that compose the community, provide care to individuals of all ages in a variety of locations and from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, and work in our clinics, in patient’s homes, in schools, in jails and any other location where they can meet the needs of the individual or their family. Their commitment to improving the health within their communities is recognized within the agency and outside the agency.

Thanks to all of our nurses at DHEC, throughout South Carolina and across our nation, for your continued efforts to improve patient outcomes and ensure quality care.