May 8, 2006

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For National Nurses Week, May 6-12, the University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CON) is doing its part in honoring nurses and the UNM CON faculty and staff who contribute to the education of nursing students.

Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession. At the UNM CON, a banner will be on display in the lobby to announce the nationally recognized week. The CON also plans to send cards and hand out root beer floats to faculty and staff in appreciation of their hard work.

The work of America's 2.9 million registered nurses to save lives and to maintain the health of millions of individuals is the focus of this year's National Nurses Week.

2006 Graduating Senior Class Gives Back to College of Nursing

The 2006 graduating senior class pledged a total of $2,935 to the College of Nursing for the senior class gift. This semester nursing graduates will be supporting the Nursing Skills Lab and the College of Nursing Chair Fund.