Nursing at The University of Akron believes in "community".
. . . a community of professionals,
. . . a community of scholars,
. . . a group of UA learning and service communities
. . . a community within, and with, our larger communities.
The School of Nursing engages in nursing with our partner institutions in practice and in research. To give students as wide an experience as possible, we are affiliated with clinical sites within and beyond the Akron and Cleveland metropolitan areas, going statewide when necessary. Our research, while focused in particular areas of expertise, continually explores new areas of potential. Plus, our teaching shows itself in the quality of our programs and the jobs and positions of our graduates.
Come, join us -- and explore the many communities of Akron nursing!
Within the Northeast Ohio medical and health-care community, the School of Nursing has established effective and long-lived partnerships that allow it to offer exceptional educational, research and clinical opportunities that complement a high quality classroom experience resulting in unrivaled preparation for productive nursing careers. As a transformative program, the School of Nursing values these partnerships as an integral piece of its mission to transform lives through caring, competence and commitment.
In partnership with the BioInnovation Institute of Akron, the University Akron along with Akron Children's Hospital, Akron General Health System, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Summa Health System is committed to making this region a global leader in biomaterial and medical research, education, clinical services and commercialization.
The educational affiliations formed with Wayne College, the Medina County University Center and Lorain County Community College enable RNs and LPNs to seamlessly pursue their baccalaureate degree from the University. A recent partnership forged with Medina County Workforce Development will help address both the shortage of nurses and nursing faculty in the region.
For our students, access to clinical experiences is critical to becoming the kind of nurse capable of transforming lives. Working with hospitals, clinics and health care agencies close to campus and throughout the region, student nurses gain the critical clinical insight and practical experiences that allow them to enter the health care work force capable of being productive and engaged nurses.
Complementing a rigorous classroom education, School of Nursing students have opportunities to gain valuable clinical experiences in a variety of health care environments. Ranging from world class health organizations to intimate social service agencies, students gain the experiences necessary to make the transformative contributions to healthcare that are the hallmark of a University of Akron nursing graduate.
College of Nursing students frequently participate in service learning opportunities. The nursing freshman learning communities participate in an activity every fall semester as part of their requirements for their Student Success Seminar. Other groups of nursing students as well have participated in events such as Make a Difference Day along with their instructors.
Recognizing nurses for their contribution to health care in Summit County and the surrounding region is one of the primary purposes of The University of Akron School of Nursing Cameos of Caring program. Begun in 2002 and modeled after the successful Cameos of Caring program at the University of Pittsburgh, The University of Akron program continues to celebrate the nursing excellence and helps keep the nation's critical need for nurses at the forefront of public consciousness.
The hallmark of the Cameos of Caring program - the annual gala - recognized as one of the region's premier health care events is held annually. Beginning with the first gala, this special event has raised more than $800,000 to support an endowed nursing scholarship at The University of Akron. This scholarship helps provide for the education of the next generation of nurses.