May 28, 2008

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - During spring 2008 graduation, the University of New Mexico College of Nursing graduated 96 basic Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) students, 39 Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) students and two Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) students, making the spring class of 2008 one of the largest graduating classes in UNM College of Nursing history.

Included in the numbers were the UNM College of Nursing’s first classes of BSN students from the UNM Taos and Valencia campuses. The nursing programs at Taos and Valencia were started in January 2007. UNM Taos and Valencia graduated 14 nursing students this spring.

The first class of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNP) also graduated this spring. Started in 2006, the PNP concentration at the UNM College of Nursing is one of its newest programs. The College presented six students with an MSN degree with a concentration as a PNP.

With two doctoral students graduated, the UNM College of Nursing has graduated a total of five PhDs since introducing the program in 2003. The College has benefited from the program as two of those PhD graduates have joined the UNM faculty.

"These graduation numbers are significant because 80 to 90 percent of the College’s graduates stay in New Mexico to practice, teach, and conduct research," said Susan Fox, PhD, RN, senior associate dean for community partnerships and practice for the UNM College of Nursing. "Given the current nursing and nursing faculty shortage, every graduate is needed to provide increased access to and quality of care for citizens of New Mexico."