More New Faculty Join UNM College of Nursing

            The College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico welcomes two more clinical educators to its faculty.

            Elaine Brightwater, RN, CNM, MSN, is a clinical educator in the undergraduate nursing program. Brightwater formerly was service director of the Franciscan Midwifery in Tacoma, Wash. She also has served as maternal health manager for the New Mexico Department of Health, service director of the Midwifery Department of the Indian Health Service in Gallup and founder/director of the Austin Community Birth Center in, Austin, Texas.

Brightwater earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas School of Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She studied for certification as a Nurse Midwife at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and for certification as a Women's Health Care Practitioner at the UCLA Harbor General Medical Center.

            Judith Harris, RN, MSN, is a clinical educator in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Harris worked as a management consultant with non-profit and for-profit health care organizations for 16 years and previously was Director of Nursing and Director of In-Service and Community Relations for Vista Sandia Hospital, a nonprofit psychiatric hospital. Very involved in rural health issues, Harris served on the board of the National Rural Health Association for eight years.

Harris graduated from St. Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford, Ill., and received her bachelor's degree from St. Francis College in Joliet, Ill. She also holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from UNM.

            The UNM College of Nursing provides nursing education, research, service, and leadership in nursing for the state and nation. With baccalaureate and master's level education and web-based programs in such areas as acute care, midwifery and community health, the college focuses on asking and answering the most difficult questions about nursing care and how nurses can design and manage health care delivery to meets the needs of the state.  For more information about the UNM College of Nursing, visit

Contact: Lynn Melton, 272-3322

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