The National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA), a 501(c) (3) organization (Tax ID 35-2169971) was founded in 2003 by Rose Khalifa, RN, BSN, as a non-profit, professional organization whose vision is to serve as a voice, a network and a resource for Arab American men and women in their pursuit of employment and advancement within the nursing profession.
While NAANA focuses primarily on the Arab American nurse, at the same time, it is an inclusive nursing organization fostering knowledge of cultural diversity and sensitivity between members and the community in the area of transcultural health care.
NAANA also encourages Arab Americans to consider nursing as a viable career choice. The organization has held cultural competency conferences and lobbied for appropriate representation on the annual nursing survey in Michigan. It has recognized the contributions of Arab American nurses through its annual Angel of Mercy banquet and provided scholarships, over $40,000 since its inception, to nursing students.
The National American Arab Nurses Association is the premier professional organization and advocate for American Arab nurses. NAANA acts as an advocate for improved health care in the American Arab community and as an expert resource for nurses and other healthcare providers regarding American Arabs’ health care beliefs and practices.