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annually to celebrate these exceptional health care providers and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so nurse practitioners (NPs) will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education.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