The ASCEND program is a great example of what makes working at Akron Children’s Hospital more than a job for our nurses. ASCEND demonstrates our passion and the commitment we have made toward ensuring that we continue - and build upon - our culture of collaboration, dedication and our commitment to outstanding care for our pediatric patients.
Launched in 2015, ASCEND is our initiative aimed at promoting a more diverse nursing workforce at Akron Children’s. Nursing students from underrepresented groups in nursing are selected by academic faculty to apply for the program.
In our very first year, the program included Chinese, Native American, Filipino, Nepalese, Brazilian and African American nursing students. And now, after just three cohorts, we’ve already hired 37 registered nurses and 51 nurse techs.
“It’s the staff and the culture at Akron Children’s that drew me in right away. It far exceeded that of any healthcare facility I had ever been in. The ASCEND program gave me a foot in the door to my future and I haven’t looked back since.”