New Faculty Join UNM College of Nursing

           The College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico welcomes two new faculty members.

             Ruth Nichols, RN, MSN, CCRN, is a clinical educator in the undergraduate nursing program. She has worked in critical care for the past 21 years. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from the University of Albuquerque in 1979 and her Master's of Science in Nursing from UNM in 1998 with a concentration in community health. Nichols coordinated the Healthy Smile Dental program, a school- based preventive health program, from 1998 to 2000. She also holds a bachelor's degree from New York University. 

            Kathryn Semling, MSN, BSN, is a clinical educator. She holds Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and Master's in Nursing Education/Adult Health degrees from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Semling has been a nursing educator for the past 15 years and also worked in acute care hospital settings for about eight years. She has taught at the Bellin College of Nursing in Green Bay, Wis., as well as two Wisconsin technical colleges. Semling is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and recently co-authored an article that will appear an upcoming issue of the Western Journal of Nursing Research.  

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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