National Nurses Week
“Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy…nurses are rarely short on caring.” — Sharon Hudacek, EdD, RN, ACNS-BC Nurses are arguably the hardest working individuals, coordinating and providing patient care in fast-paced shifts that often exceed twelve hours and don’t provide much down time. Yet their innate sense of compassion allows them to put aside their needs to ensure that patient care comes first….
From left to right, the first cohort of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars, funded by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation: Stephen Perez, RN, MS, NP; Liz Novack, RN, BSN; Faith Atte, RN, MSN. How can health policy decisions affect infectious disease outcomes and patient safety in health systems? How much can nurses improve the overall health of women who have experienced intimate partner violence using a trauma-informed approach to care?…
Imagine you’ve just graduated from medical school and are working as a physician in your community. The waiting room in your office is packed with patients, many of whom have complex chronic conditions. Suddenly, a nurse informs you that three patients are presenting with severe stomach pain and require immediate attention. Could one of the cases require a hospital visit?…

Practice models featuring enhanced role for registered nurses offer promise toward meeting nation’s urgent need for a transformed primary care system

Philadelphia, PA – Mounting pressures, including more than 50 percent of Americans with a chronic condition and many with multiple illnesses, are rendering the nation’s primary care system inadequate to meet the population’s needs….
Imagine walking down the street when suddenly, the person walking towards you falls to the ground — their heart has stopped beating. Fortunately, you have recently completed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, and without hesitation, you put your new life-saving skills into action. Your quick response revives a heartbeat and provides time for paramedics to arrive at the scene….
Pictured above (left to right): Liz Novak, Stephen Perez, IBC Foundation President Lorina Marshall-Blake, Faith Atte, RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars Program Co-Director Susan B. Hassmiller, Brittany Stark, Michelle McKay In 2014, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation became the inaugural funder of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program, which is dedicated to increasing the number of PhD-prepared nurses in health care….
We're always excited to have new participants in our Nursing Internship program.
Independence Blue Cross and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation have supported nursing education for 12 years. Since then, a total of 215 undergraduate nursing students have interned in community health centers or within Independence. They’ve contributed more than 80,000 hours of work since the program began in 2004, including 7,500 hours contributed this year alone. For the first time,…
Nurses play a critical and evolving role in health care delivery, and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation (the Foundation) is leading the way for nurses pursuing teaching or clinical practice roles to educate the next generation of health care leaders. Through our Nurses for Tomorrow program, we’re proud to partner with 22 nursing schools in southeastern Pennsylvania and award more than $1.5 million annually in undergraduate,…
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