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The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida Receives Grant to Address National/Regional Nursing Shortages
Date:8/18/2009

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida, the philanthropic affiliate of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (BCBSF), announced today that it has been chosen as one of 10 foundations nationwide to receive funding from Partners Investing in Nursing's Future, a unique national initiative to help address the long-term shortage of available nurses across the country. To date, this is the first Florida organization to have been funded through Partners Investing in Nursing's Future.

Through Partners Investing in Nursing's Future, initiative directors are hoping that local and regional foundations create a domino effect - where innovative ideas are tested locally and shared nationally with an exponential effect on the workforce shortage. To help develop solutions and lead efforts within Florida, The Blue Foundation has been awarded a two-year grant of $250,000 to promote the use of simulation technology in Florida nurse education. The grant to The Blue Foundation will be matched by funds from BCBSF.

Led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation, Partners Investing in Nursing's Future is in its fourth year providing support to local foundations to act as catalysts in their own communities and develop strategies for creating and sustaining a viable nursing workforce. These foundations have forged local partnerships to apply for the competitive grant, raising awareness of the nursing shortage in their own communities.

"We are excited at this opportunity to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation," said Susan B. Towler, executive director, The Blue Foundation. "By addressing one of the primary barriers to expansion of Florida's nurse education programs, the supply of nurses will increase, and the quality and quantity of health care available to Floridians will bene
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