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Nurse Practitioners Launch National Awareness Campaign

"We Choose NPs" Showcases NP Role in Health Care and Importance of Patient Choice

AUSTIN, TX -- The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has launched We Choose NPs, a national public awareness campaign highlighting the crucial role nurse practitioners (NPs) play in expanding access to primary care nationwide The campaign - leveraging an integrated mix of television, radio, and digital advertising - showcases the experiences of real patients who choose NPs as their primary care providers.

"This new campaign focuses on creating a dialogue with consumers about the high-quality, accessible health care NPs provide and the importance of choosing a primary care provider to oversee their health," said AANP President Joyce Knestrick, PhD, C-FNP, APRN, FAANP. The faith that patients have in NP-delivered health care is evidenced by the more than one billion visits made each year to nurse practitioners. NPs are leading the way in increasing access to primary care -- from rural to urban areas -- and meeting the evolving health care needs of families across every health care setting."

The multimillion dollar campaign includes cable television ads, airing nationally on Fox and Friends, CNN, and MSNBC, and broadcast television ads in select markets on Good Morning America, The Today Show and Ellen. Additionally, radio ads will air in key markets.

The campaign is supported by a patient-focused website and blog,, as well as a robust program of digital advertising, media relations and events designed to reach patients nationwide. In addition, the website highlights the ease of searching for a local NP using

New data recently released by AANP shows that the NP profession is growing to meet the challenge of the nation's health care shortages, with more than 248,000 NPs currently licensed to practice in the United States and approximately 23,000 NP students entering the workforce every year.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners
(AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the more than 248,000 licensed NPs in the U.S. AANP provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. As The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner, AANP represents the interests of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered health care. To locate a nurse practitioner in your community, go to For more information about NPs, visit