NCC Celebrates Nurse Practitioners Everywhere! Happy National Nurse Practitioner Week – November 7-13, 2021 November 7, 2021

When the World Health Organization designated 2020 as the “International Year of the Nurse and Nurse Midwife” in honor of the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, no one could have predicted the special impact nurses and Nurse Practitioners would make that year. Nurse Practitioners, nurses and other health care professionals have been the true heroes in battling the COVID pandemic, so much so that the designation of “Year of the Nurse” has been extended to 2021. 

Since March of 2020, neonatal nurse practitioners have had to protect fragile newborns and their families within a health care system that had to be completely refocused. Visitation practices had to change to communicate with families in other ways such as video visits instead of face-to-face time. In addition, neonatal nurse practitioners had to help parents navigate a new world with protective equipment for parents which in many cases interfered with skin-to-skin care and impacted parent-infant bonding.

When COVID-19 hit the US, clinics closed and emergency care became the priority. Women’s health care nurse practitioners have had to define new ways to provide care to their patients. They are now tasked with bringing preventive services critical to keeping women healthy back into focus. Neonatal and Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioners have seen the impact of the COVID Delta as pregnant women, fetus’s and newborns dealt with the virus mutation. 

Nurse practitioners have been challenged by the pandemic not only in the workplace but in the community and at home. This year we celebrate all nurses, but this week we celebrate nurse practitioners who never backed down from the challenge. 

Florence Nightingale once said, “Let us consider that we are never done as nurses…we must be learning all of our lives.”  Ms. Nightingale would have celebrated all nurse practitioners who accepted the challenges that a worldwide pandemic brought and never ran from the fight. Nightingale was a leader who demonstrated a passion for nursing with a commitment to speak out, educate and change health care. Nurse Practitioners share this same passion and demonstrate this same commitment to the patients and families they serve. 

NCC honors all nurse practitioners, nurses and health care providers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to take care of their patients in very difficult circumstances. We are pleased to recognize all nurse practitioners who have demonstrated their expertise, passion and determination.

Happy Nurse Practitioner Week!!


NCC is a national certification corporation that recognizes the commitment and demonstrated expertise of these professionals and has awarded more than 195,000 certifications in the obstetric, neonatal, and women's health care specialties. Visit the NCC YouTube Channel to view and share PSAs showing the importance of certified nurses.  The NCC C E R T I F I E D store has a variety of products with different mottos that show pride in certification.