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Akron Children’s offers nursing associate's degree for diverse candidates

02-09-2022 (Akron, Ohio )

As part of a commitment to develop a diverse nursing workforce that reflects the patients, families and communities served, Akron Children’s Hospital has added an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) option to the Career Launch programs.  

This new program, which is part of Akron Children’s Career Launch/Career Launch Plus diversity workforce development program, provides additional opportunities for potential nursing students who belong to traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue a degree – and career – in nursing by removing the barriers often presented by traditional four-year programs.  

“For many students seeking a career in health care, having to balance both school and work can be challenging,” said Rhonda Larimore, chief human resources officer for Akron Children’s. “Career Launch is designed to support students along the way. These students finish school faster and benefit from learning and professional development opportunities.”  

“This new Career Launch ADN track opens the door for us to expand our recruitment efforts to qualified and trained nurses from reputable ADN RN programs,” said Beth Carr, vice president of patient services and associate chief nursing officer. “Just as important, this enhances our ability to diversify our staff and ensure that we better reflect the patients, families and communities we serve.”  

Akron Children's is partnering with Associate Degree Nursing programs at Lakeland Community College, Stark State and Kent State satellite campuses to offer this program.

Key elements of the ADN program, based at the hospital’s Akron campus, include the following:  

  • The program provides students with financial support, job shadowing, mentorship and a fast-track to graduation – and a new career.  

  • Students study full time and earn an ADN from an accredited school.  

  • 100% of costs are covered, including tuition, uniforms, books and fees.  

  • Opportunities for networking, mentoring and study groups with student cohorts are provided to all participants.  

  • Resources are available to remove common barriers to post-secondary education, including transportation, childcare and equipment.  

  • Upon completion of the program, participants start a three-year work commitment in their new role at Akron Children’s.  

The ADN program has up to 15 openings available for 2022, starting this summer or fall. For more information or to apply for the ADN program, email careerlaunch@akronchildrens.org or call 330-543-8330. 

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