Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3651; Benson Hendrix, 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The University of New Mexico College of Nursing has received $250,000 from the State of New Mexico to address New Mexico 's nursing shortage. This is the third consecutive year that the State of New Mexico has provided additional funding to statewide nursing programs. Allocations have come from the Legislature; a competitive application process through the Department of Higher Education is followed for awarding the funds.

"These programs provide desperately needed nurses and medical professionals for New Mexico 's healthcare system," said Governor Bill Richardson. "They graduate dedicated and skilled workers who staff our hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, nursing homes, and many other facilities."

"This helps the college's commitment to educate registered nurses for the state of New Mexico and to combat the nursing shortage," added Susan Fox, PhD, RN Associate Dean of the College of Nursing .

The additional funding will allow the College of Nursing to hire additional visiting faculty to continue the education of 24 additional students that were added with the previous year's additional funding.