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ADPH recognizes the nursing profession as a valuable component of providing care to the citizens of Alabama. The following is information related to the profession of public health nursing.

Lynn JacobsLynn Jacobs: 2018 Anne M. Smith Public Health Nurse of the Year

The recipient of the Anne M. Smith Public Health Nurse of the Year Award must exemplify the mission of public health nursing in Alabama, which is “to assure conditions in which individuals, families, and communities can be healthy utilizing the unique expertise of public health nurses to assess, plan and implement, and prevent disease.” This year’s recipient is Lynn Jacobs, clinic nursing supervisor at the Randolph County Health Department.

Lynn approaches her work each day with an attitude of faithfulness and compassion. Supporters say she finds her “greatest joy” in taking care of others, and that she does so with an enthusiastic attitude and a problem-solving approach geared toward providing the highest quality of patient care. Lynn is regarded as an active, engaged listener who shows her staff the same kindness and respect afforded to her clients---attributes that have earned her the highest respect of her staff and the community as a whole. One supporter described her as “one of the most self-sacrificing people I know.”


National Nurses Week 2018 LogoNational Nurses Week 2018 

Did you know that National Nurses Week was not always celebrated in May? Or in what year Student Nurses began to be recognized? Learn this and more about the history of nurse recognition at National Nurses Week.

Happy Nurses Week to the nursing workforce of the Alabama Department of Public Health. You provide an invaluable service each and every day to the citizens of Alabama. Thank you for your service, committment and compassion.  


Page last updated: May 13, 2021