Florida Blue Foundation, a philanthropic affiliate of Florida Blue, Floridas Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, co-leads the Florida Action Coalition and has contributed more than $20 million to nurse education, nursing student scholarships,
professional development, workforce diversity, best-practice research and simulation research and labs, according to a news release.
For instance, it contributed $2.5 million for the Florida College System Foundation, which provides at least 200 scholarships per year in perpetuity. It granted 2,735 nursing scholarships from June 2006 to June 2013. Many of those scholarships have gone to minority and male students, according to the release.
Florida Blue and the foundation are interested in enhancing the quality and safety of patient care, Susan B. Towler, vice president of the Florida Blue Foundation said in the news release. Nurses are naturally strong leaders but often not placed in leadership positions. We want to create opportunities for nurses to assume leadership roles in their agencies and organizations.