NP Week

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annually to celebrate these exceptional health care providers and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that NPs will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education.

Thank you to all who participated in NP Week November 13-19, 2016, and helped make it a great success! Governors and other elected officials from 42 states, D.C. and Guam signed documents recognizing NP Week and honoring nurse practitioners in their jurisdictions. This is a new record and includes signed proclamations from 39 state governors! Thanks to your enthusiastic support, AANP's messages reached approximately 30 million viewers on social media. View the proclamation map and additional highlights on the AANP blog

We look forward to celebrating NP Week with you again on November 12-18, 2017. Last year's resource guide is available for those seeking early inspiration for the annual celebration.

National Nurse Practitioner Week 2015 was held November 8 – 14.

The special week offered numerous opportunities to bring recognition to the NP role and increase awareness of the exceptional care that NPs provide. The NP Week Resource Guide contains information such as a sample news release, talking points, an NP fact sheet, community activities, a media interview guide, and guidelines for writing a letter to the editor.

View the most recent proclamation map to see if your governor is one of the 27 (plus DC) who signed 2015 National Nurse Practitioner Week proclamations. If your state contains a picture or proclamation, please thank your governor. Otherwise, don’t let your state be blue! Ask your governor to sign a proclamation in support of NPs and the exceptional care they provide. A sample may be found in the resource guide. Signed proclamations may be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thanks to all who are participating! We are well on our way to breaking last year’s record of 34 proclamations. Be sure to join the conversation on social networks by adding #NPWeek to your posts, and search for that hashtag to see how your colleagues are marking this celebratory week.

2014 National Nurse Practitioner Week was celebrated November 9-15, 2014. This special week held numerous opportunities to bring recognition to the NP role and increase awareness of the exceptional contributions NPs make to the health of millions of Americans.

Refer to AANP's 2014 National NP Week Resource Guide for tools that help you plan activities to celebrate the important role of nurse practitioners and highlight the meaningful difference NPs make in the lives of their patients. NP Week is also an opportune time to help educate lawmakers and the public about the benefits of NP delivered health care. Happy NP Week!

Download the Resource Guide