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At Akron Children’s Hospital, our nurses are committed to delivering evidence-based and exemplary nursing care that is patient- and family-centered, compassionate and equitable. Our model of  patient- and family-centered care, which is the central element of our Nursing Professional Practice Model, encourages and supports patients and families in being active participants in their care and decision-making.  

Since 2007, Akron Children’s has been designated as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet organizations are recognized for superior nursing processes and quality patient care, which lead to the highest levels of safety, quality and patient satisfaction.

We support the professional development of our nurses through continuing education and a career ladder, while also supporting the transition of new nurses from student to professional through our nationally recognized Nurse Residency Program. Our commitment to developing a diverse nursing workforce is demonstrated by the ASCEND Program that provides summer internship experiences to nursing students from under-represented groups.

Through this commitment to nursing professional development, as well as the integration of research and evidence into nursing practice, and a model of shared governance that supports our nursing mission, vision and values, we are advancing nursing care for all children.

 

 

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Mission

Akron Children's Hospital nurses are dedicated to providing patient- and-family-centered, exemplary care across the healthcare continuum, optimizing patient experience, outcomes, health and wellness through our professional practice model.

Vision

Akron Children's nurses will set the standard of excellence for exemplary, nationally recognized nursing practice to improve, maintain and promote the health and well-being of our patients, families and community.

Values

Nursing's values, reflected through the Akron Children's Hospital Spirit of Service and Character Counts! program include: Professionalism, Courtesy, Teamwork, Communication, Citizenship, Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness and Caring.

Philosophy

The philosophy of professional nursing practice at Akron Children's Hospital supports the delivery of evidence-based, patient-and-family-centered exemplary care. We are committed to providing compassionate and culturally competent care, respecting the individual needs of each child and family.

We believe in delivering high-quality, safe care to promote the health and wellness of patients, families and communities across the continuum.

We believe in providing a work environment that supports nursing autonomy, shared decision-making, professional development and innovation.

We believe in contributing to the advancement of the profession of nursing and our community through education, advocacy and community healthcare outreach.

We believe in fostering a collaborative, interprofessional team approach to achieve exemplary outcomes through continuous quality improvement, research and evidence-based practice.

Conceptual Framework

The theory-based conceptual framework describes the core elements of nursing, patient/family, environment and health. Nursing Services conceptualized the core elements to reflect beliefs about nursing at Akron Children's using nursing theories as a guide.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of our Guiding Principles

Continuing Education for Nursing

Akron Children’s Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-234, 08-01-19)

As a continuing education provider, the Center of Nursing Professional Practice supports the mission and vision of Akron Children’s through an innovative commitment to professional development that emphasizes teaching, mentoring and role development. Three vital components to the continuing education provider program include offering high-quality care rooted in evidence-based practice, improving patient experience, and creating and sustaining a healthy work environment.       

Career Ladder for Nursing

The Career Achievement and Recognition of Excellence (CARE) Ladder Program is designed to recognize and reward nurses (RNs and LPNs) who demonstrate expertise in clinical, education and leadership tracks. To advance on the CARE Ladder, nurses create a portfolio of accomplishments highlighting their professional practice. Based on Patricia Benner’s Novice to Expert theory, there are five levels for a nurse to achieve, measuring the nurse’s capabilities from novice to expert.

ANCC PTAP DIstinction

Akron Children’s Hospital is committed to providing nurses with a supportive and educational environment throughout their transition from student to professional. 

Akron Children's Nurse Residency Program was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program. 

The residency program assists new nurses in gaining the skills and confidence needed as they transition to becoming competent professional nurses in a clinical environment. Nurses hired by Akron Children’s who have less than one year of experience, and nurses new to the hospital who have accepted their first position in an acute care environment are automatically enrolled in the Nurse Residency Program. Each nurse resident is provided with a preceptor for clinical support through orientation, a facilitator and peer support group to ease the transition to the nurse’s new role, structured educational experiences designed to develop competence in nursing practice, and support in incorporating research-based evidence linked to outcomes in practice through completion of a scholarly project. New resident cohorts begin on a bi-monthly basis, with an average class size of 18. Approximately 100 nurse residents begin the program annually. 

 

Center for Nursing Research

The work of nurses is essential for effective, efficient and quality health care. Nurses have high patient visibility and communicate regularly with Akron Children's interdisciplinary staff and administrative team. Trained to make detailed observations, nurses can be exceptional researchers.

At Akron Children's Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute, our commitment to nursing research creates opportunities to improve family-centered care through advances in nursing clinical practice, administration and education.

The breadth and scope of nursing science are wide-ranging, encompassing topics from patient care and safety to nursing productivity. By evaluating promising new patient care strategies and methods, nursing research contributes to compassionate care — easing the emotional burden of children and families coping with serious, sometimes painful, life-threatening medical conditions.

Our pursuit of nursing excellence through research also generates “best practice” patient care models that enhance the practice of nursing nationally.

Evidence-Based Practice

At Akron Children’s, we believe in the power of evidence-based practice to take our nursing care to new levels of excellence. Evidence-based practice inspires outstanding clinical outcomes by fostering innovative thinking and creative problem-solving to transform practice initiatives into clinical realities. This leads to improved outcomes on nurse-sensitive indicators, better patient experiences, and more cost-effective care.  

Evidence-based practice is a problem-solving approach to clinical care that incorporates the best evidence from well-designed research studies, the expertise of clinicians, and the values and preferences of patients when making decisions about care.

It includes a critical assessment of relevant research studies and the review of available literature to identify best practices. It includes the cumulative experience, education and practice skills of our clinicians, and it integrates patient values and preferences to promote individualized care.

At Akron Children’s, we foster the professional development and clinical skill-building of our nurses by supporting them in the implementation of evidence-based practice and research. By promoting problem-solving and discovery, we’re helping our nurses transform the delivery of pediatric nursing care within our hospital walls and beyond.

 

 

  

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Akron Children's Nursing and Interdisciplinary Shared Governance Councils

Akron Children's Nursing and Interdisciplinary Shared Governance councils provide a forum for professional nurses and interdisciplinary staff to participate in shared decision-making. The goal of this model is to maintain a system of de-centralized decision-making that facilitates the planning, coordination, and direction of quality patient care in a family-centered environment.

The councils reflect different levels of experience, roles, disciplines and settings. 

Shared Governance Core Assembly

The Shared Governance Core Assembly provides leadership and direction to all reporting councils. It serves as a clearinghouse and dissemination point for issues being presented. Shared Governance Core Assembly is responsible for the systematic evaluation of nursing practice and processes to assure high quality, family-centered patient care. The councils within the governance structure are directly accountable to the Shared Governance Core Assembly.

Advanced Practice Provider Council

The Advanced Practice Provider Council (APP) reviews standards for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and Physician Assistants (PAs) and addresses practice-related issues. The APP Council works to improve quality and practice of APRNs/PAs, as well as enhance and encourage dynamic communication between the APP Council and interested hospital groups. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, clinical studies, community service and continuing medical educational efforts.

Ambulatory Council

The Ambulatory Council provides a forum for shared decision-making to promote clinical excellence and optimal patient care outcomes. The council works to ensure that all practice and patient care decisions are consistent with evidence-based practice and professional standards. The council may address clinical practice, quality performance improvement, research, professional development culture, and work environment issues.

Child Life Council

The Child Life Council implements, evaluates and improves initiatives that promote professional development and quality patient care. The council promotes child life professionalism, child life excellence, and recognition of child life achievements. The council strives to enhance professional and interdisciplinary collaboration and networking, and supports education initiatives for both child life staff and interdisciplinary staff.

Clinical Practice Council

The Clinical Practice Council identifies, implements, and utilizes established standards of care and best practices to empower clinicians to provide interdisciplinary care that is evidence-based, patient/family-centered and aligns with the strategic plan of the organization.

Clinical Resource Management Council

The Clinical Resource Management Council provides input to clinical staffing and resource management processes and related policies. The council facilitates evidence-based resource management practices to support quality patient care and outcomes.

Integrated Interdisciplinary Informatics Council

The Integrated Interdisciplinary Informatics Council identifies issues and leads workflow analyses and improvement in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of effective, innovative information technologies across clinical, administrative, educational, and research domains of practice. The council provides a venue for communication, networking, and education of clinicians across the organization for improvement and optimization of the use of the electronic medical record system.

Leadership Council

The Leadership Council promotes nursing excellence through transformational leadership. The council provides a venue for communication, networking and education of leaders across the organization.

Professional Development Council

The Professional Development Council defines, implements, evaluates and improves initiatives that promote professional development, and staff satisfaction and engagement.

Quality Council

The Quality Council promotes an environment of continuous improvement in the quality of patient care utilizing evidence-based practice and research. As part of an interdisciplinary team, the council assesses and ensures compliance with established standards of care and practice, and provides input to leadership and bedside clinicians to improve quality outcomes.

Research Council

The Research Council promotes an environment of inquiry through education, conduct, application, and dissemination of research. Clinical research supports quality patient care, evidence-based practice and advances nursing knowledge. The council facilitates internal and external connections, linkages and recognition to enhance interdisciplinary research collaborations.

Unit-Based Councils

Unit-Based Councils (UBC) provide a forum for shared decision-making between unit staff and management to promote clinical excellence and optimal patient care outcomes.

The councils are rooted in the premise that direct-care staff have the best insight into solutions for clinical practice, quality, and performance improvement, research, professional development, and issues surrounding unit culture and work environment.

Advanced Practice Center

Our Advanced Practice Center supports advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants at Akron Children’s by providing expert resources in onboarding, orientation, practice, licensing, compliance, credentialing, privileging, continuing education and training.


Christine Young, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Chief of Hospital Based Services; Chief Nursing Officer