About Us


Chattanooga Area Nurses in Advanced Practice (CANAP) is an organization of over 200 of the top Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in Chattanooga, TN and the surrounding areas. CANAP membership consists of Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Anesthetists, and students going into these areas of advanced practice.



About Our Mission


Chattanooga Area Nurses in Advanced Practice (CANAP) is committed to supporting and fostering the role of the advance practice registered nurse in Chattanooga, TN and surrounding areas by:

  • Ensuring the delivery of safe, comprehensive patient care to area residents
  • Providing continuing education and updates to the local registered nurses involved in advanced practice
  • Supporting legislative action that enhances the success of current and future advanced practice registered nurses
  • Assisting advance practice registered nurses in finding employment

About Our Logo


Chattanooga is an area known for its majestic mountains, flowing rivers, and many bridges. The arc of aqua-blue color symbolizes these features. As APRNs, we aim to bridge the gap in health care to provide the community with accessible and safe wellness-focused care. The arc also symbolizes unity. We are a unified group of professionals purposed to keep abreast on the latest education to provide the best and safest practice and to be unified in awareness to the changes of our profession. (logo designed by: Tamara L. Scott, graphic designer, April, 2009)


 About APRNs


 An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse is a nurse:

  • Who has completed a graduate-level education program in preparation for one of the four APRN roles;
  • Who has passed a national certification examination and maintains certification;
  • Who has acquired advanced clinical knowledge and skills;
  • Whose practice builds on the competencies of registered nurses (RNs) by demonstrating greater knowledge, increased complexity of skills and interventions, and greater role autonomy;
  • Who is prepared to assume responsibility and accountability for health promotion and/or maintenance as well as the assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient problems, including prescription of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions;
  • Who has sufficient clinical experience to reflect the intended license; and
  • Who has obtained a license to practice as an APRN in one of the four APRN roles

An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse has one or more of the following roles:

  • Certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Certified nurse-midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical nurse specialist (CNS)
  • Certified nurse practitioner (CNP)

The population focus of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses includes:

  • Family / Individual Across the Lifespan
  • Adult-Gerontology
  • Neonatal
  • Pediatrics
  • Women's Health / Gender Related
  • Psychiatric - Mental Health

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Website Designed By: Raymond C. Howard, MSN, APRN, CNP

Website Contributors: Dean Scott, MFA and Zoe Scott, MSN, APRN, CNP

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