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National Nurse Practitioner Week is held annually to celebrate these exceptional health care providers and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so nurse practitioners (NPs) will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education.
The NP role needs you! This special week offers numerous opportunities to bring recognition to the NP role and increase awareness of the exceptional care that NPs provide.
National NP Week was held November 8–14, 2020. An NP Week proclamation and resource guide were developed to assist NPs in the annual celebration. The resource guide includes information such as a sample news release, talking points, an NP fact sheet, community activities, a media interview guide, posters and guidelines for writing a letter to the editor. Please refer to the resources below to begin planning your 2021 NP Week celebration.
Each state’s efforts to secure an NP Week proclamation are highlighted on AANP’s annual NP Week Proclamation Map. In 2020, states that received proclamations signed by any elected official were marked green on the map — or even better — filled with pictures of NPs who were present for the signing or an image of the proclamation itself. In 2019, NP Week proclamations were signed by 47 governors, which set a new record.
Congratulations to Oregon for submitting the first proclamation of 2020, signed by Governor Kate Brown! Proclamations have been received from 41 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Pacific Territories in support of 2020 NP Week.