Meet Ebony Shene, the Black Woman Behind Six Nursing Schools Across the Chicago Area

Nurse Ebony Shene’ is the founder and CEO of Scott School of Careers, a Black-owned allied healthcare school that teaches students the fundamentals of nursing through its Certified Nursing Assistant program as well as other courses like Practical Nursing, Phlebotomy, Sterile Technician, and Pharmacy Technician.


Ebony has worked in healthcare for almost 20 years. She noticed a critical need to increase the quality of care provided by direct level caregivers in the African American community.


Coining the phrase “The woman who loved her profession so much she branded it,” Ebony started an apparel line called “My Nurse” for current and aspiring nurses that has been featured on WCIU, “The Jam” by The LOOK Chicago, Inspiration 1390 “the AC Green show, One the Scene with Rachel J and Maubra Foster and iHeart Radio’s Millen Twins Highlights Movement.


Ebony has been named a 2021 recipient of the Illinois Nurses Foundation 40 under 40 award for her leadership and accomplishments in her career thus far. She has been featured numerous times in Voyage ATL, most notably on NPR’s WBEZ 91.5 FM Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons: Chicago Innovators Series.


She is the chairwoman of the Black Nurses Matter Network, a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Black Nurses Association, and the Chief Organizer of The Chicago Nurse Expo. She is more determined and thrilled than ever to increase the supply of Black and brown nurses as she leads the charge at Scott School of Careers.

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