National Nurse Practitioner week is celebrated annually to appreciate these exceptional healthcare providers. In 2022, NP week is November 13-19.
The weeklong celebration consists of several events that aim to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers that do not allow nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice to their fullest potential. Through this, we hope to see an improvement in the healthcare industry as a whole.
America has 355,000 NPs. These are highly skilled and experienced professionals who provide high-quality, patient-centered care. However, they are currently hamstrung by regulations that prevent them from using their full scope of practice. This ultimately results in poorer health outcomes for patients and higher healthcare costs.
This special week offers numerous opportunities to highlight the NP role and increase awareness of the exceptional care NPs provide.
The theme this year ‘NPs: Rising to Meet the Needs of Patients’ emphasizes how NPs are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of patients in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment. From providing primary care to underserved populations to working in specialty areas such as Women’s Health, NPs are committed to ensuring that all patients have access to high-quality, affordable healthcare.
There has never been a more critical time for nurse practitioners. With an aging population and a shortage of primary care providers, NPs are often the only health care provider available to many patients.
NPs conduct more than 1 billion visits annually.
National Nurse Practitioner Week is a time to celebrate the vital role that NPs play in providing high-quality, patient-centered care.
There are many ways to get involved in the weeklong celebration.
You can start by simply spreading the word about the week and its events.
You can also write to your local lawmakers and urge them to support bills that would remove barriers to NP practice.
And of course, you can participate in any of the many events held throughout the country during National Nurse Practitioner Week.
No matter how you choose to participate, taking part in National Nurse Practitioner Week is a great way to show your support for NPs and the vital role they play in our healthcare system.