2016 National Nurse Practitioner Week Highlights

National Nurse Practitioner Week is held annually to celebrate the exceptional care NPs provide and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that all patients can have full and direct access to NPs. Selected highlights are below.

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! In the map below, states that are green or have an image embedded received signed recognition from their governor or other state official.


Other exciting statistics from 2016 NP Week include the following:

  • AANP’s NP Week messages reached more than 2.5 million viewers on Facebook. (This number only reflects what was shared from the AANP page, and not the incredible support from those who posted directly on their own pages.)
  • AANP reached more than double last year’s viewers on Twitter with the #NPWeek hashtag recording more than 24.3 million viewers. (That was not the only tag used, so the actual number of viewers on Twitter was much higher.)
  • A membership drive resulted in more than 300 NP category memberships using an NPWeek discount code.
  • Support was also strong on other social networks, so the total estimated viewer reach is more than 30 million.

A Storify summary of conversations that used the #NPWeek hashtag on Twitter and Instagram is available, with greetings from thousands of individuals and organizations and fun images of NP Week celebrations.

Many AANP members wrote letters to the editor that were published during NP Week. Read their articles and other NP Week news coverage.

Selected images from NP Week are below. Those who have images or proclamations to share may email socialmedia@aanp.org to have them added.

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