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|Florence Atkinson was a native and lifelong resident of South Dakota. She has provided a wealth of knowledge and experience to the state and its citizens.
Florence graduated high school in Plankinton in 1931 then attended Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Mitchell receiving her Registered Nurse Degree. She attended the University of Washington for one year and the University of Minnesota receiving her Bachelor of Science and Certification in Public Health Nursing in 1957. <p>Florence personally contributed to the improvement of literally thousands of crippled children in the state during her 27 years of service. She was with the Health Department since 1947 starting in Hanson County as a Public Health Nurse and then as an Orthopedic Nurse in Davison County and with Crippled Children in 1951. She became a Nurse Consultant in Davison County and continued that position after moving to Pierre in 1973. <p>During the period from 1947 to 1973, Florence spent much of her time in home visitations, assisting crippled children and their families in follow-up diagnostic treatment and referral services. As a nurse consultant, she provided assistance to the county PHN's as well. <p>Florence received the Award for Meritorious Service from the Federal Security Agency United States Public Health Service in recognition of her wartime contributions as an instructor for members of the U. S. Cadet Nurse's Corp. She also received the G. J. VanHewelen, MD award for meritorious service and an award for Meritorious Service from the Surgeon General of the United States in 1946. <p>Florence served as president of the South Dakota Nurses Association from 1967-1971. She gave of her time and ability on many committees and board of the South Dakota Nurses Association in the 1950's and 1960's. <p>During her years as a field nurse, practicing her specialty, Florence contributed to the betterment of care for South Dakota's crippled children. No home was too difficult to reach if Florence felt a visit would help the afflicted child. Her unselfish service was not only recognized by her co-workers, but by every family with a handicapped child.
|Home Town (Plankinton, SD)|