National Nurse Practitioner Week takes place Nov. 11-17, celebrating the important work of these exceptional health care providers.
This year’s event kicked off on Veterans Day, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) called on clinicians to use this day as a reminder of the special needs of veterans, military personnel, and their families. To support these individuals, AANP is collaborating with military organizations through a program called Joining Forces.
National NP Week is also a time to educate lawmakers and the public about the important role of the nurse practitioner.
- There are more than 155,000 practicing NPs in the United States today.
- NPs have master’s degrees, and many have doctorates plus advanced education and training.
- As licensed professionals, NPs may prescribe medications in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
- Patients whose primary care provider is an NP have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs.
- More than 600 million patients visit NPs each year.
- NPs emphasize the health and well-being of the whole person in their approach, which includes education about healthy lifestyle and health care decisions.
NPs provide much-needed services to millions of Americans. By providing high-quality, cost-effective, and comprehensive, patient-focused services, NPs offer affordable solutions to individuals and families across the country.
What Can You Do To Spread The Word?
There are many ways to raise awareness about the important role of nurse practitioners. Here are some suggestions from the AANP:
- Invite local officials to participate in the event.
- Acquire a proclamation from your mayor or local leader declaring November 11 to 17 National Nurse Practitioner Week. Call and ask about the procedures first. Be sure to send information about NP Week and a fact sheet about NPs. Click here to see a sample proclamation.
- Write a press release, and send it to local media.
- Write a letter to a local or national magazine editor explaining the many services and benefits NPs provide to communities. If applicable, identify yourself as an NP, and research the requirements for submitting letters beforehand. Keep the focus timely, local, and pertinent.
- Plan a reception in your area to honor the efforts of NPs.
- Host a fun-run or other charity event.
- Schedule speaking engagements at local schools or hospitals.
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