Community engagement

Nursing studentsNursing at The University of Akron believes in "community". 

We are

. . . 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!

Nursing Center for Community Health

The Nursing Center for Community Health has a mission to provide service to the University community as well as underserved and vulnerable populations in the local community, to offer graduate and undergraduate nursing education in community health and primary care, to provide nursing and inter professional practice opportunities for faculty and to generate and share clinical research

Learn more about Nursing Center for Community Health.

Akron-Region Interprofessional Area Health Education Center

Connecting Students to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better Health.

Hosted the School of Nursing, the center works with local schools, universities and community agencies to: 

  • recruit students from undeserved populations into health careers.
  • provide clinical/field experiences for health professions students in undeserved areas.
  • provide continuing education opportunities for health professionals working in undeserved communities.

Learn more about the Akron-Region Interprofessional Area Health Education Center.

Partnerships & Clinical Affiliations

Within the Northeast Ohio medical and health-care community, the College 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 College of Nursing values these partnerships as an integral piece of its mission to transform lives through caring, competence and commitment.

Learn more about Partnerships and Clinical Affilications.

Service Learning

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.

Office of Nursing Research & Scholarly Activity

Nursing scholarship at The University of Akron has a long tradition of supporting vulnerable populations and serving the needs of Ohio citizens, and by extension, the needs of like groups across the nation. The Office of Nursing Research and Scholarship has been the focal area for the College of Nursing’s faculty as they conduct their systematic inquiry into health phenomena. 

Vulnerable populations have been the College of Nursing's particular specialty, and within those populations, our nursing research has focused on oral health, the prevention and treatment of trauma and violence across the lifespan, the promotion of health and prevention of chronic illnesses.  In addition to these areas of research, the College has recently expanded its simulation laboratories to the study and publication of research in simulation.  The subsequent pedagogies and student successes are becoming part of the basis of the new nursing literature of simulation.  The new simulation laboratory is also part of our ongoing interest in interprofessional collaboration, and the research that we will be conducting into patient care and outcomes from a team’s approach.

We invite you to learn more about our faculty and their research and teaching interests! 

Learn more about Research.

Cameos of Caring

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 in October. Beginning with the first gala, this special event has raised more than $250,000 to support an endowed nursing scholarship at The University of Akron. This scholarship helps provide for the education of the next generation of nurses.

Learn more about Cameos of Caring.