August 15, 2007

Albuquerque, N.M. - Presbyterian Healthcare Services and the University of New Mexico College Of Nursing (UNM CON) are teaming up to increase the number of educated nurses to work in hospitals around the state.

Presbyterian funded six nurse instructors to provide clinical instruction for UNM nursing students in Presbyterian hospitals and medical group sites in fulfillment of their clinical rotation training. Ordinarily, the College of Nursing would have to pay $15,000 for these specialized services in the education of its students.

"UNM, like many other Nursing Schools across the country, faces faculty shortfalls, which limit student capacity at a time when the need for highly educated nurses is at an all time high," said Karen Carlson, Ph.D., R.N. and interim dean of the UNM College of Nursing. "This collaboration between Presbyterian and UNM is really an enterprising solution to this critical problem and will allow us to accept more qualified applicants to provide more educated nurses in the healthcare field."

Presbyterian donated the valuable time of master clinicians to partner in Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) degrees through the use of the Master Teacher/Master Clinician (MT/MC) model. The MT/MC model incorporates a college of nursing faculty member (Master Teacher), who is the teaching and curriculum liaison for the clinical nurses (MasterClinician).

The Master Clinician has the primary responsibility for teaching a group of clinical nursing students. Each clinical group consists of eight students. "The program strengthens the college's interaction with the healthcare community and allows the college to place students in a variety of health related environments," said Kathy Davis, senior vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer for Presbyterian. "We believe that by working together we can help create more educational opportunities for nurses and reduce the nurse shortage in New Mexico to improve health care across the state."