The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) welcomed its summer nursing internship class on June 3. Through the program, 25 undergraduate nursing students from eight nursing schools across the region will participate in a 10-week internship learning the unique roles nurses play at Independence Blue Cross or at a community health center supported by the Foundation’s Blue Safety Net grant program.
This year’s program also includes unique development opportunities through Leadership Labs with organizations such as The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Caron Treatment Centers. Through this experience, nurse interns will connect their experiential learning with critical professional development from top health care professionals in the Philadelphia region.
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.