April 6, 2006

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dr. Clarann Weinert, professor of nursing at Montana State University-Bozeman, likes the path the University of New Mexico College of Nursing (CON) is taking with its endowed professorship. As recipient of the 2005 Carter-Fleck Professorship, Weinert has taken on the role of visiting professor for the UNM College of Nursing to share her expertise with local faculty and students.

During a recent reception with CON faculty and students, Weinert recognized the value of the endowed professorship, seeing it as a long term benefit for the university's nursing program. The UNM College of Nursing continues to grow and develop in many positive and exciting ways and the professorship has been a major help to faculty in keeping pace with the growing student demand.

Weinert's involvement with the professorship started with her first visit to UNM in December of 2005. She has been making short trips to New Mexico throughout the year and this week marked her third visit. Weinert has two more trips planned for later this summer. During her visits, Weinert meets with CON faculty and PhD students regarding their research projects. Her primary focus at UNM is helping with conceptualization, methodology, grant writing and manuscripts, all in relation to research. While her specialty is rural health, Weinert has been available to anyone needing her research expertise and advice.

Weinert is an internationally known scholar in the areas of chronic illness in rural women and in social support. She has a 25-year-funded program of research on the management of chronic illness and is the director of the Virtual Resource Center for the Montana Geriatric Education Center and the Center for Research on Chronic Health Conditions in Rural Dwellers. Weinert is widely published in social support, rural health/theory and chronic illness management. She was also an inductee of the American Academy of Nursing and the Western Academy of Nurses.

The Carter-Fleck Professorship was named in honor of Mary Jane Carter and Marion Fleck, two remarkable women who helped launch the UNM College of Nursing in 1955. With the professorship, the CON can provide an opportunity for visiting professors, like Dr. Weinert, to share their expertise with faculty and deepen the knowledge base at the University. The professorship was also created to raise the College's prestige, which helps in landing new, permanent faculty members and allow more students to enroll at the CON, thereby helping ease local and national nursing shortages as students graduate.