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NP Week

National Nurse Practitioner Week

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annually to celebrate these exceptional health care providers and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so nurse practitioners (NPs) will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education.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 7–13, 2021.

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.

Download the 2021 NP Week Proclamation

View the 2021 NP Week Resource Guide


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 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!


  • 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 7 — This year's NP Week theme is NPs: Going the Extra Mile. Please join NPs, patients and legislators in expressing your gratitude for an NP who has made a positive difference in your life. Share your story of NP leadership, mentorship or clinical excellence at aanp.org/thanknps. Recognize NP excellence during media interviews, by writing blogs or articles and by posting on your social media channels.
    • Monday, November 8 — NPs are working diligently to address social determinants of health, achieve health equity and increase access to health care for patients nationwide. Share ways that NPs are uniquely positioned to reduce health care disparities.
    • Tuesday, November 9 — Help AANP 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 partnering with patients to provide high-quality, compassionate health care year-round?
    • Wednesday, November 10 — 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.
    • Thursday, November 11 — This Veterans Day, we honor all veterans, including NPs and their patients who are current or previous members of the U.S. uniformed services. It is an honor for NPs to care for our nation's service members and their families. Join AANP in honoring veterans today.
    • Friday, November 12 — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, the importance of NP-delivered care becomes increasingly clear. With more than 50 years of evidence supporting the positive outcomes associated with NP-delivered care, what might the future hold for NPs and their patients?
    • Saturday, November 13 — 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.
  • Recognize an NP

    Recognize an NP

    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.

    Share Your Photo, Video or Story


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