Three Ways to Celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week

If you have a nurse practitioners (NP) at your rheumatology practice, you know they are essential. That’s why it is important to celebrate National Nurse Practitioner Week and take the time to honor these exceptional and highly skilled health care providers. This year, National Nurse Practitioner Week takes place November 11th through 17th.

Nurse Practitioner Week is also a great opportunity to remind state lawmakers of the importance of changing outdated regulations so NPs are able to practice and utilize the full extent of their education and experience. One of the greatest challenges that nurse practitioners face is public perception. Many patients don’t realize that the person treating them is an NP. Other times, they don’t realize the scope of practice and high level of care an NP can offer them. Nurse practitioners are highly trained clinicians who provide a variety healthcare services. They are able to diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medications and manage overall patient care. NPs play a very important role in community health and disease prevention, as they emphasize the importance of educating their patients about healthcare choices and guide them to making healthy lifestyle choices. Below are three ways that you can celebrate National Nurse Practitioner week and honor those who help make your practice a success.

Educate others.

There are a number of ways you can help educate the public about what NPs do and why they are so important. Send a news release to local media, write a letter to the editor of your community’s newspapers or magazines or even coordinate a media interview or radio public service announcement.

Utilize social media.

Use the hashtag #NPWeek on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to tag your posts and see what others are saying. Share links, stories and praise for your NPs. Follow the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and share interesting and relevant stories on your social media platforms.

Plan an event.

Take advantage of NP Week and use this time to plan a community activity or networking event to celebrate the nurse practitioner profession. Or plan to host a party and spread the word about the benefits of NP’s and the exceptional, cost-effective health services they provide to patients. You can also plan to keep it simple and treat your NPs to a catered lunch.

Nurse Practitioners Week is the perfect opportunity to share all the great things NPs do in your community and at your practice. Don’t let the week pass by without taking the time to celebrate and show your nurse practitioners how grateful you are for their service! For more resources and media contact guides, check out the resource guide provided by the AANP.

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