The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) hosted a recognition event on August 2 to conclude its 15th annual nursing internship program. This year, 25 undergraduate nursing students from eight schools across the region participated in the internship. They spent 10 weeks this summer working at Independence Blue Cross or at a community health center supported by the Foundation’s Blue Safety Net grant program.
As part of their professional development, the nurse interns completed research projects related to something they learned or felt passionate about at their internship site. These projects were highlighted at the closing event in poster presentations. The closing event included speeches from four nurse interns and a keynote address from Shawana S. Moore, DNP, MSN, CRNP, WHNP-BC, assistant professor and director of the Women’s Health – Gender Related Nurse Practitioner Program at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Nursing.
The nursing internship program started in 2004 through Independence Blue Cross and was carried on through the Foundation’s Nurses for Tomorrow program which began in 2011. Since 2004, nearly 300 nurse interns have contributed more than 110,000 hours of work through the program.