JSN Students Selected for IBC Internship
Four students from Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson School of Nursing were selected to participate in the Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Nursing Internship program this summer. The 10-week program offers student interns paid, temporary positions in a community clinic or a health care or insurance administration setting. The program, which started on Monday, June 3rd and ends on Friday, August 9th, selected 25 students from over 150 applicants.
The four Jefferson School of Nursing students who participated in the program and their internship locations were:
- Janea Gibbs, Clinical Precertification
- Stefanie Kearns, Claims Medical Review
- Katherine McHale, Utilization Management
- Taylor Martin, Rising Sun Health Center
Gibbs and McHale were asked to speak at the IBC/IBC Foundation Annual Nursing Internship Recognition Celebration on Wednesday, July 31st.
“I was hoping to learn how to ‘bridge the gap’ between a clinical setting and healthcare administration - and that I did!” said Gibbs. “Not only am I walking away from this experience with great memories, but a better understanding of healthcare and the policies and practice of a health insurance company.”
The second JSN student speaker, McHale, became interested in the IBC internship because she wanted to gain greater exposure to the non-clinical side of nursing. “My eyes have been opened to a completely different side of healthcare involving many teams of people working together to provide well managed care to each of our members,” said McHale.
The Nursing Internship program is an initiative sponsored by both IBC and the IBC Foundation. In order to be selected for the program, applicants had good academic standing and had to be enrolled in a nursing program supported by the IBC Foundation’s Nurses for Tomorrow initiative.