Garland Public Health Nurse Receives National Award
Garland, Texas - September 29, 2011 - During her 15 years as public health administrator at the Garland Health Department, Victoria Yeatts, MSN, RN, has forged a partnership with the Garland Independent School District (GISD) resulting in a student immunization coverage level of 92 percent. For her leadership in ensuring the immunization of students and other efforts to promote vaccination, Yeatts has earned the American Nurses Association’s Immunity Award for September 2011.
In addition to ensuring children receive required vaccinations, such as DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), Yeatts organizes seasonal influenza vaccine clinics for students, families and school staff. At one school district clinic in 2010, Yeatts’ staff administered more than 1,000 doses of flu vaccine. Yeatts also oversees programs to provide immunizations to residents of all ages in the community. In 2010, the department administered more than 30,000 doses of vaccines.
As a health educator, Yeatts often speaks to community groups about immunization and was featured on a Texas radio broadcast promoting the Immunize for Healthy Lives® campaign.
"Garland is fortunate to have a healthcare professional of Vikki's caliber who cares so deeply about the community she serves," said Richard Briley, Managing Director of Health for the City of Garland. "Her hard work benefits everyone in Garland and our surrounding communities."
ANA grants the national Immunity Award as part of its Bringing Immunity to Every Community project. ANA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are collaborating on the project, which focuses on maximizing nurses’ role in increasing vaccination rates and reducing incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases.
The project seeks to increase nurses’ knowledge and competency in immunization, encourage nurses to be vaccinated, and position nurses as leading advocates for immunization among peers, patients, and the public.
The ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. For more information about the ANA, visit http://www.nursingworld.org/.