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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annually to celebrate these exceptional health care providers and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so nurse practitioners (NPs) will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education.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. An NP Week resource guide and proclamation will be posted to assist NPs in preparing for the annual celebration.
During 2021, the NP Week theme was NPs: Going the Extra Mile. The resource guide below 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. The 2021 NP Week Proclamation was signed by elected officials to honor NPs for improving the health of patients in their communities.
Each state’s efforts to secure an NP Week proclamation are highlighted on AANP’s annual NP Week Proclamation Map. In 2022, 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 are present for the signing or an image of the proclamation itself. In 2021, NP Week proclamations were signed by elected officials in 48 states, setting a new record!
Congratulations to NPs in Alabama for submitting the first proclamation of 2022, signed by Governor Kay Ivey!