CoN Fills NM Nursing Gaps with More Graduates

NEWS RELEASE May 23, 2007 Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager 505/272-3679; 505/907-9525 (cell) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE , NM – More than 70 new nurses graduated this week from UNM Health Sciences Center’s nationally recognized College of Nursing (CoN) programs, and approximately 85 percent of them will practice in New Mexico.

Nearly all of the basic Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates have employment and know where they’ll be working, according to Susan Fox, Ph.D., RN, Senior Associate Dean for Community Partnerships and Practice for the CoN. “The vast majority of our graduates will be working in Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico, which is typical,” Fox offers.

What’s atypical, according to College of Nursing Interim Dean Karen Carlson, Ph.D., RN, is the Spring 2007 class continues to double the number of UNM College of Nursing graduates over previous years – critical in New Mexico, which consistently suffers a shortage of nurses. One-time funding from the state Department of Higher Education and UNM’s Health Sciences Center to maintain increased faculty positions, and thus sustain increased enrollments, produced the desired results. Carlson adds, “We’re hopeful that somehow we can sustain this level of education and number of quality graduates through our programs in succeeding years.”

In addition to the BS in Nursing degrees, UNM’s CoN presented 11 Master’s in Nursing Education degrees; and its first two Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degrees to Drs. Judy Liesveld and Marie Mugavin. Mugavin already has been hired to a faculty position at the CoN, and Liesveld hopes to fill another CoN faculty position this summer.

For more information on the University of New Mexico’s College of Nursing programs, please visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/consg/.

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