Each year in May, health care organizations across the country celebrate National Nurses Week — a time to recognize and thank the nurses who provide outstanding patient care and make extraordinary contributions to their communities. CVS Health employs highly skilled registered nurses across our enterprise who specialize in a variety of nursing disciplines, including infusion services, disease management and patient education.
As part of our efforts to help nurses develop their skills and further their careers, CVS Health is investing in partnerships and initiatives that provide new opportunities for networking and learning. These include:
Multicultural Nursing Association Partnerships
In January 2016, CVS Health announced partnerships with two national nursing organizations: the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). Through these alliances, our goal is to establish workforce development programs and strategies that will help us strengthen our diverse nursing population. The partnership will also increase the number of internship and scholarship opportunities that we can extend to multicultural candidates.
Supporting Continuing Education
Our CVS Specialty pharmacy makes it easier for patients with complex diseases to get started and stay on their medications and recently announced support for Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) series of Certification for Nursing Education (CNE) training modules. These modules, developed by experts from the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, will equip oncology nurses with the skills and knowledge needed to manage the unique challenges and patient symptoms that accompany administration of emerging immunotherapies to treat cancer.
We are also committed to helping advance the education of talented students pursuing careers as advanced practice registered nurses. The CVS Health Foundation has provided scholarships to pharmacy students for many years and, beginning in 2016, the Foundation will begin awarding funding to nursing and physician assistant schools to support the pipeline of much-needed nurse practitioners.