February 3, 2006

Contact: Jenny Savage (505) 272-3651

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Forget about taking small steps; the UNM College of Nursing is leaping its way towards securing higher amounts of research dollars. Each year, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) ranks the top 100 nursing schools in the country based on their success at securing federal funding for research grants. Eight years ago, the UNM College of Nursing didn't even qualify to rank. But this year, let the boasting commence: UNM College of Nursing ranks number 40.

Approximately 500 U.S. graduate nursing programs, including the UNM College of Nursing, compete for limited grant funding each year. Over the past eight years, the UNM College of Nursing has gone from being unranked, to being 96th, 79th, 48th, 56th, and now 40thin the nation for these funds.

"I think the research success we are currently enjoying at the College of Nursing can be attributed to the fact that we have an extremely supportive infrastructure and a faculty committed to research," said Kenneth Miller, associate dean for research.

And the College of Nursing isn't showing any signs of slowing down. "Our goal is to reach the top 20 schools in the nation for research funding," said Miller.

The NINR is a component of the National Institutes of Health, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NINR supports clinical and basic research to establish a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the span of their lives.