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

the preparation of new and continuing education of current RNs in Florida," noted Brunell. "If we don't deal with our shortage of nurses now, not only is patient care in our area at stake, but the health of the nation as a whole."

BCBSF established Generation RN(sm) to address the nursing workforce shortage in Florida. Since 2004, BCBSF has donated more than $17 million to Florida's nursing schools to increase the nursing workforce. Over 200 nursing students each year are receiving full BCBSF scholarships, and three schools have endowed professorships.

The Blue Foundation and The Florida Center for Nursing, based at the University of Central Florida, will facilitate further collaboration in developing a well-prepared nursing workforce to address the health care needs of all Floridians.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 30 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.

Founded in 1997, the Northwest Health Foundation is an independent, charitable foundation committed to advancing, supporting, and promoting the health of the people of Oregon and southwest Washington. Embracing its role as the community's partner for better health, the Foundation achieves its mission primarily through grantmaking and support for advocacy efforts th
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