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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annually to celebrate these exceptional health care providers and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so nurse practitioners (NPs) will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education.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 will be held November 7–13, 2021. An NP Week resource guide and proclamation are available below to assist NPs in preparing for 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 2021, states that receive proclamations signed by any elected official will be 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. Last year, proclamations were received from 41 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Pacific Territories in support of NP Week.
Congratulations to NPs in Georgia for submitting the first proclamation of 2021, signed by Governor Brian Kemp!
With a spotlight on NPs Sunday through Saturday, NP Week brings an opportunity to highlight the breadth and depth of the NP role, the critical difference NPs make in the lives of patients and the leadership NPs demonstrate as they advocate for positive change. As you engage in NP Week discussions on social media, through media interviews or by writing an op-ed for your local newspaper, please keep the following discussion topics in mind.
As NP Week preparations continue, AANP is collecting personal testimonials, videos and photos thanking NPs for going the extra mile. Each day, NPs across the nation make a positive difference in the lives of their patients, colleagues and others. Share your story with AANP! NPs are also encouraged to use this form to submit images and videos taken in a clinical setting, which will be considered for inclusion in future publications.