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On behalf of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) Board of Directors and staff, I want to wish you, your family and friends a healthy, happy and safe 2021. By anyone’s estimation, 2020 has been a year we could never have imagined ― a year that has tested everyone’s resolve and ability to deal with an invisible enemy, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), both personally and professionally. Nurse practitioners (NPs) have worked tirelessly throughout the year and continue to do so, providing primary, acute and specialty health care for millions of patients. We thank you for all you do and salute your strength and dedication. When the World Health Organization designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, no one had any idea just how far reaching that would be felt.
The importance of the work NPs do as expert health care providers was highlighted during this year’s chaotic disruption to the regular course of living. NPs were here before and will be here after the pandemic subsides ― for patients, their families and their communities. NPs are the answer to the health care access challenge ― in good times and in bad.
Please know that AANP is here to support you with critical resources and tools. We are advocating on your behalf for the advancement of state and federal legislative and policy priorities that impact NPs, patients and practices.
It is with good thoughts and best wishes — and the availability of a vaccine — that we look forward to a much-improved year ahead with a safe and healthy life for all.
AANP President Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP