October 5, 2006

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Albuquerque, UNM-Starting January 2007, the University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN) will be offering more opportunities at various sites around New Mexico for registered nurses (RN) prepared at the associate's degree level wanting to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

The new mixed model RN to BSN program will allow nurses to earn their BSN through a combination of on the ground and online instruction. Sites where the program will be offered include UNM-Gallup, Santa Fe Community College, UNM-Rio Rancho, St. Vincent's Medical Center, University of New Mexico Hospitals, New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, Clovis Community College and San Juan College in Farmington.

With a BSN, nurses gain additional knowledge, skills and professional opportunities. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the national voice for undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, believes that education has a significant impact on the knowledge and competencies of the nurse clinician, as it does for all health care providers. Nurses with BSN degrees are qualified and well-prepared to meet the demands placed on today's nurse.

Application deadline for the RN to BSN program has been extended to November 7. For more information contact the College at (505) 272-4223 or request informational materials at the CoN web site,www.hsc.unm.edu/consg.