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Akron Children's Hospital Nurse Residency Program was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program. The web directory of accredited programs will reflect this special designation.


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Family Centered Care

Patient- and family-centered care is Akron Children’s model of care and the central element of Nursing’s Professional Practice Model, supported by interprofessional collaboration for evidence-based care delivery across the continuum.

For more information, we invite you to visit the Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care’s website.

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, Center of Nursing Professional Practice supports the mission and vision of Akron Children’s Hospital through an innovative commitment to professional development emphasizing 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 (C.A.R.E.) Ladder Program is designed to recognize and reward nurses (RNs and LPNs) who demonstrate expertise in the areas of clinical, education and leadership. To advance on the C.A.R.E. 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 is committed to providing nurses with a supportive and educational environment throughout their transition period from student to professional. 

Akron Children's Hospital Nurse Residency Program was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Accreditation Program. The web directory of accredited programs will reflect this special designation.

The residency program assists new nurses gain the skills and confidence needed as they transition to becoming competent professional nurses in a clinical environment. Nurses hired by Akron Children’s Hospital who have less than one year of experience, and nurses new to Akron Children’s 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. 


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Center for Nursing Research

The work of nurses is essential for effective, efficient and quality healthcare. 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 to enhance the practice of nursing nationally.

Magnet Recognition

In 2007, Akron Children’s Hospital earned the prestigious Magnet Recognition Status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Research is a vital component of the extensive, rigorous evaluation process. Likewise, research is an essential component of the hospital’s philosophy and objectives of nursing services and the Nursing Professional Practice Model.

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, coordinating, 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, 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 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 analysis and improvement in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of effective, innovative information technologies across clinical, administrative, educational, and/or research domains of practice. The council provides a venue for communication, networking, and education of clinicians across the organization for improvements in 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.


Akron Children's Hospital's 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.


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.


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.


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 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 Hospital using nursing theories as a guide.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of our Guiding Principles