Happy Nurse Practitioner week! November 11 -17, 2018. Annually we celebrate the extraordinary contributions of all NP’s. Through professionalism, dedication and perseverance, NP’s unselfishly provide the highest level of care to all our patients, enhancing our nations’ health care system.
NP’s are highly educated Master’s and Doctorally prepared healthcare professionals. NP’s practice in many specialties including research, administration, and education. Our foundation is providing quality, holistic, evidenced based patient centered primary care, with prevention and health promotion at the forefront.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioner’s website has excellent resources to help you celebrate NP week and get the word out and bring recognition to NP’s and awareness to the public and elected officials of the crucial and exceptional benefits NP’s provide. AANP
Here are some great tips and ideas from AANP on how to celebrate and promote NP’s .
- Engage your local and state elected officials to provide them education on the role of the NP and the value we bring.
- Obtain a proclamation from your local authority (mayor, city council, city manager) or state official (governor, lieutenant governor, senators, representatives) proclaiming November 11–17, 2018, as National Nurse Practitioner Week, aka, NP Week! Call their offices to find out the procedures for obtaining a proclamation. When you send in the proclamation (see sample proclamation), include back-up information, like the NP Fact Sheet. Also include information about local NPs and any planned activities in recognition of NP Week.
- Contact the local media to let them know about NP Week and to share any planned activities. Create and distribute NP Week news releases. (See sample news release.)
- Plan a special reception with other NP groups in your area to recognize the good works of nurse practitioners.
- Write a letter to the editor extolling the virtues of the many services provided by NPs to their patients and the communities they serve. Find out the newspaper’s requirements for considering letters and comply with them—e.g., should it be typed, double-spaced, maximum length? Keep the focus relevant, timely and local. Identify your special expertise as an NP.
- Host a fun run or other public athletic participation event with proceeds going to a local charity.
- Encourage your practice or local or state NP group to co-sponsor a community event, such as a health fair at a shopping mall or other public venue, to capture the attention of the public—some of whom may not be familiar with NPs.
- Contact your local hospitals, schools and libraries to ask about setting up NP posters, distributing NP brochures and other information showcasing National NP Week and any future opportunities at these locations.
- Inquire about speaking opportunities at schools to let students know about NPs—you can do this during career day also. Even elementary school students could be a target audience. Conduct a coloring contest at the elementary school level about students’ perceptions of what a nurse practitioner is and does.
- Contact local civic groups such as rotary clubs, chambers of commerce, PTAs, girls and boys clubs, etc., to get on the agenda to present a program on health care in general and NPs in particular. It is never too early (or too late) to spread the word about NPs.
- Contact local media (print, TV and radio), and ask them to run a public service announcement (PSA). Provide audio or written copy to radio stations, depending on their preferred format (radio, TV and digital ads are provided in the NP Week Resource Guide). Volunteer to be a guest on a local talk show to spread the word about NPs and NP Week.
- Start a chat on Twitter using the hashtag #NPWeek, and post messages on other social media sites.
Join AANP and your local State NP Association today! Unify and let your voice be heard. Happy Nurse Practioner Week and thank you for your service, caring and dedication.