Recruiting and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing (RRANN)

Welcome to the online home of the RRANN program! We are honored by your visit.  

Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing (RRANN) began in 1998 with a federal government grant.  The purpose of RRANN is to recruit and support Alaska Natives and American Indians pursuing nursing degrees.  With a 96% graduation rate and an 86% successful nursing licensure rate, RRANN is one of UAA's most successful initiatives.

The need for RRANN is well-explained by Dr. Tina DeLapp, EdD, RN, FAAN:

"Providing culturally relevant health care is not a matter of political correctness; it is a often a matter of life and death.  When cultural competency is missing from health care, important information is not communicated, symptoms of illness are overlooked or misinterpreted, and patient outcome suffers."

RRANN students' desire to help increase the comfort level in Alaska Native and American Indian people seeking healthcare.  One of the unique ways that RRANN students can do that is by relating to indigenous ways of living, knowing, and healing.  RRANN is committed to increasing the number of Alaska Natives and American Indians graduation with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing or a Baccalaureate of Science Nursing Science degree.

To learn more about RRANN, be sure to visit our Fast Facts handout and check out the links on the menu to the right.

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