The Coalition of African American Nurses (CAAN) dba CAAN Academy of Nursing was found and incorporated in 2002 by Dr. Carol Alexander and Rose Murry. In 2007, Dr. Alexander conducted research on the healthcare disparity. The findings concluded that the major factor influencing the divide is the lack of diversity in the nursing workforce. With this realization the two set out to create a Practical Nursing (PN) program, which was approved in 2007 by the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulations (IDFPR) to deliver a PN Program. The schools ultimate mission is “to decrease the Healthcare Disparity by creating a Caring, Compassionate Diverse Nursing Workforce.”
CAAN Academy of Nursing addresses three (3) needs:
(1) The need to reduce the national and regional nursing shortage.
(2) The need to increase diversity in the nursing workforce and
(3) The need to provide the traditionally underserved with career opportunities that can be realized immediately upon completion of programs.
The vision is; “to inspire, motivate, cultivate and educate nurses woven in the moral fibers of care and compassion.”
The Academic mission is to provide comprehensive academic instruction on the highest level that promotes and facilitates Personal and Professional Development in Nursing, which centers upon the client; with dedication to community health awareness and education, career building, life-long learning and most importantly the administration of Caring Compassion within the Health Care Profession.
CAAN’s Practical/Vocational Nurse Training Program project will provide training for dislocated workers to obtain two (2) to three (3) certificates upon completion; 1. Basic Nurse Assistant Training (BNAT) (if elected and applicable). 2. Practical Nurse (PN) and 3. Pharmacology Certificate. The programs uniqueness relates to the professional development component, which is threaded throughout the program. The professional development objectives include but are not limited to; nurturing students to become lifelong learners, caring and compassionate individuals desiring to uplift those within their circle of influence. This component promotes a holistic approach to teaching nursing education encompassing mind, body and spirit. CAAN has also, established many collaborations for students to provide networking to provide health awareness and education within the community with organizations such as; SkillsUSA, American Kidney Fund, American Cancer Society, Cook County Department of Public Health and the Veterans of Foreign War Ladies Auxiliary.
Carol L. Alexander APRN, ACNS-BC
Rose M. Murry RN, MS, ACNS-BC