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Assuring Success with a Commitment to Enhance Nurse Diversity


Provide clinical internship and professional development to nursing students who belong to traditionally underrepresented groups in the nursing profession.

Program Description

ASCEND is a 10 week full time summer program for nursing students that provides professional development, nursing skills and the potential for future employment in a pediatric hospital setting. Students must have completed their junior year by the program start date.

Clinical practice experiences with a mentor, on a pediatric unit.

Professional enrichment experiences such as:

  • Hands on nurse-related activities using case studies and simulation lab experiences
  • Pediatric Advanced Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) Certification opportunity
  • Topics include: professionalism, priority setting, exploring nurse roles in pediatric health care, communication skills, teamwork, delegation, use of clinical practice policies, family centered care delivery model, nurse sensitive indicators, cultural competence, interview skills, and resume development


A $5,000 stipend will be awarded to each selected applicant for the program. 


  • Member of an underrepresented group in nursing (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ+, military/veteran)
  • Completion of junior year by the program start date in May
  • Good standing in an accredited BSN program
  • Completed at least one clinical rotation in medical surgical nursing and pediatric nursing
  • Available for 10 week program (May-Aug.)
  • Available for an interview at Akron Children’s Hospital (March of the application year)
  • Selected by the student’s university