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NP Week

National Nurse Practitioner Week

Gov. Ivey Praises Nurse Practitioners, Calls on Alabamians to Celebrate NP Week
On Feb. 28, 2022, Gov. Kay Ivey signed a proclamation to honor NP Week. (Left to Right) Clare Kranz, Adam Kinsaul, Lisa Pair, Eileen Meyer, Gov. Kay Ivey, Joyce Loyd-Davis, Rebecca Graves, Brandy Young, Laura Hart, Sharon Barganier. Courtesy: Office of Alabama Governor

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annually to celebrate these exceptional health care providers and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so nurse practitioners (NPs) will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education.

Save the Date for National NP Week November 12-18, 2023.

The NP role needs you! This special week offers numerous opportunities to highlight the NP role and increase awareness of the exceptional care NPs provide. This year's theme is NPs: Rising to Meet the Needs of Patients. 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. A proclamation is also available to help elected officials recognize the many contributions NPs make to the health of their communities year-round.

View the 2022 NP Week Resource Guide

Download the 2022 NP Week Proclamation

NP Week Proclamation Map

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!

NP Week Proclamation Map

  • NP Week Posters
  • Conversation Starters

    Conversation Starters

    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.

    • Sunday, November 13 — This year's NP Week theme is NPs: Rising to Meet the Needs of Patients. Please share your story of NP leadership, mentorship, innovation, clinical proficiency, resilience or advocacy. Recognize NP excellence during media interviews, by writing blogs or articles and by posting on your social media channels. Take time to express your gratitude for an NP who has made a positive difference in your life.
    • Monday, November 14 — Help celebrate the variety of roles NPs hold by sharing where you practice, teach or lead. What patient population do you serve and in what setting? What inspired you to become an NP and what motivates you to continue providing high-quality, person-centered health care?
    • Tuesday, November 15 — NPs are on the front lines of health care delivery, working to address social determinants of health, achieve health equity and increase access to health care for patients. Discuss ways NPs are reducing health care disparities.
    • Wednesday, November 16 — NP Week is the ideal time to celebrate the high-quality health care NPs provide through more than 1 billion patient visits each year. With data-driven insights from 50 years of research studies, it is clear why millions of Americans choose an NP as their partner in health. Share the benefits of NP-delivered care.
    • Thursday, November 17 — The future of the NP role is bright! In fact, U.S. News & World Report named NP the top health care job in 2022. As the demand for health care access continues to grow — and nearly 53% of the need for primary care remains unmet — how can NPs help ensure patients have access to high-quality health care?
    • Friday, November 18 — AANP is The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner®, advocating for NPs and their patients wherever important health care decisions are being made. How do you choose to use your NP voice? On social media, please use the #NPWeek and #NPsLead hashtags to share which causes are most important to you and what actions you are taking to effect positive change.
    • Saturday, November 19 — As NP Week concludes, it’s important to recognize the resilience NPs have shown throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Share tips or resources that help you restore your joy, rest, reenergize and prioritize your well-being so you can continue bringing your very best to patient care.
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    Thank you for joining the NP Week conversation on social media, using the #NPWeek hashtag. In addition to sample posts provided in the resource guide and the posters provided above, share these graphics on social media to increase awareness of the vital role NPs play in health care.


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