August 15, 2006

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Albuquerque, UNM-For the first time ever, the University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CON) will be offering its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the UNM Valencia and UNM Taos campuses starting January 2007.

Faculty and administrators at both branch campuses have been working for several years in partnership with the CON to provide the required prerequisite courses for the BSN program. The CON recognizes New Mexico's need for more nurses and with the addition of the BSN program at the Valencia and Taos branches, the CON hopes to increase the number of BSN students it graduates each year.

This January, Valencia and Taos will each enroll 16 nursing students for the program. Two CON faculty members at each campus will take the students through the same curriculum the UNM CON uses in Albuquerque. The hope of the CON is to have these students living in or around the Valencia and Taos areas as they obtain their education so when they graduate they will be more inclined to work as full-time Bachelor's prepared nurses in their rural communities. The faculty hired will also be living in these areas and will be working closely with CON faculty in Albuquerque.

The CON continually expresses the importance of the BSN degree. With a BSN, nurses offer a wide variety of skills to their hospitals and clinics, including skills in communication and management. A BSN is often required for leadership roles and to enter a Master of Science in Nursing program, where specialization occurs.

The purpose of expanding the BSN program to these two campuses is not only to provide more highly-educated nurses for New Mexico, but to also serve the more rural areas of the state. The CON understands the challenges New Mexicans in rural areas face when it comes to commuting for a college education. With Valencia and Taos on board, more New Mexicans in areas outside of Albuquerque will be able to earn their BSN without the commute.

To learn more about the BSN program at the UNM CON visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/consg/bachelors_main.shtml


Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322