In a continuing effort to combat the state's nursing shortage, New Mexico nurse leaders and educators will convene on Friday, August 10, to develop a statewide nursing plan to deal with shortages, education, recruitment and retention.

Sandra Ferketich, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., dean of the UNM College of Nursing, initiated the series of meetings last year. Past summits included plans in working with legislators and influence funding directions.

"The legislators were very supportive of our efforts in providing on-going resolutions to deal with nursing shortages," said Ferketich. "Through these summits, nursing leaders and educators can continue to come up with ideas and plans to address all the aspects that contribute to New Mexico's nursing crisis."

Friday's Nursing Summit is sponsored by the Nurse Advocacy Committee and the UNM College of Nursing. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Dr., Education Building #39.
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