The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) hosted a recognition event to conclude its annual nursing internship program. Through the program, 23 undergraduate nursing students from 10 nursing schools across the region participated in a 10-week internship at Independence Blue Cross or at a community health center supported by the Foundation’s Blue Safety Net grant program.
This year’s program included a unique Leadership Lab partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Through this experience, nurse interns connected their experiential learning with critical professional development from top health care professionals in the Philadelphia region.
The closing event highlighted research posters the students created and included an inspiring keynote address from G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, president of the National League for Nursing.
The nursing internship program started in 2004 through Independence Blue Cross, and was carried on through the Foundation’s Nurses for Tomorrow program since 2011. Since 2004, more than 250 nurse interns have contributed more than 100,000 hours of work through the program.