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Conway Nursing Pathway Program

The 2019 class of Conway Nursing Pathway Program mentors and council in a group picture with the donor seated in the middle.

There is compelling evidence as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the health care transition to practice environment of the need to create new and innovative ways for graduates to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide safe, high-quality care to meet the health needs of the patients and families including pandemic response.

Children's National Hospital continues to demonstrate our commitment to supporting our workforce of the future by being one of a very few number of hospitals who sustained a summer work study program in 2020 during these unusual conditions. Approximately 65% of the students who participate in the summer work study program go on to be hired into their first jobs at Children's National. We consider our new graduate nurses to be an important strategic human capital investment.

As the need for engaged talented pediatric nurses increases, we are more intentional in supporting transition to the practice opportunities like the Conway Nursing Pathway Program.   

What Our Program Offers

The Conway Nursing Pathway Program helps aspiring nurses establish rewarding careers in pediatric nursing. Existing nurses participating in the program will deepen their career satisfaction through mentorship, professional development and advanced study. As a result, more children will benefit from competent and compassionate care — provided by experienced, exceptional nurses who love their work.

The Conway Program will offer participants, known as pathfinders:

  • Career preparation experiences, such as summer work for high school students — particularly those from under-resourced backgrounds; 
  • Scholarships; 
  • A one-on-one nurse mentoring relationship; and
  • The opportunity to become a pediatric nurse and a chance to thrive within the profession.


To recruit new nurses, the Conway Program focuses on high school students, college students who have selected nursing as their major and nursing majors in associate degree programs committed to baccalaureate education. To retain exceptional nurses, the program helps existing Children’s National employees advance their studies and professional skills through scholarships and mentorship.


We strive to:

  • Address the growing nursing shortage through innovative solutions that will recruit and retain nurses;
  • Stimulate a passion for careers in pediatric nursing through early experiences that demonstrate the rewards;
  • Sustain engagement and career satisfaction for existing nurses; and
  • Reduce participants’ financial burden without creating debt for those in the recruitment or the retention groups.

Requirements and Timeline

The six Children's National employees who are the 2019 Conway Nursing Pathway Program mentors.

Pathfinders and mentors must be able to meet all program requirements. Pathfinder orientation dates and times will vary. Additional orientation and/or program requirements may be required depending on each pathfinder’s entry level and/or role. Pathfinders may also be eligible for part-time employment at Children’s National if applicable.

Mentors will need to commit to serving as a mentor based on program requirements, and may serve between two and four years in this role.

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