Commemorating National Nurse Practitioner Week

Commemorating National Nurse Practitioner Week


Commemorating National Nurse Practitioner Week


Birmingham, Alabama, October 25, 2018: The role of the nurse practitioner (NP) will be showcased November 11-17, 2018, as NPs across the country celebrate more than 50 years of practice during National NP Week. Governor Kay Ivey signed a Proclamation declaring National NP Week in the state of Alabama.

In the United States, this distinguished group of health care professionals number approximately 248,000 strong, with an additional 23,000 NP students graduating each year. Currently, in Alabama there are over 4,000 certified NPs.

Events held in communities around the country will acquaint local citizens with the role of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective personalized health care and will highlight the value of choosing an NP for primary acute and specialty care. NP practice offers a unique combination of nursing and health care service to patients. Focusing not only on diagnosing and managing acute and chronic illnesses, NPs integrate health promotion, disease prevention counseling and patient education to help patients understand their complete health picture.

In a population that is aging, with baby boomers becoming seniors in growing numbers over the next 10 years, having choices about health care providers will become even more important. National NP Week brings visibility to the role of the NP, helping consumers make wise choices when selecting their health care provider.

To strengthen public awareness of NPs and access to primary health care, the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA) is participating in the national public awareness campaign “We Choose NPs.” NPAA is a statewide professional organization advocating for issues of significant importance for the general welfare of Alabama’s NPs. The mission of NPAA is to promote high quality healthcare for Alabama’s citizens. For more information, visit

Press Contact: Denise Williams



Back Row-From Right to Left: Joyce Loyd-Davis, Lindsey Harris, Robin Lawson, Crystal Hopkins, Jennifer Mitchell. Center: Governor Kay Ivey