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Conway Nursing Pathway Program

A female nurse in blue scrubs talks on the phone while her colleagues in blue scrubs work alongside her at a nurses' station in the hospital.

The Conway Nursing Pathway Program at Children’s National 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 underserved 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.

Focus

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.

Goals

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

Pathfinders and mentors must be able to meet all program requirements (see model timeline for details). 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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