August 22, 2006

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Albuquerque, N.M. - On Monday, August 28, University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH) will be accepting a new class of nursing graduates for its one-year Nurse Residency Program.

The program, which was established at UNMH six years ago, is designed to help new graduates transition into clinical practice.

UNMH understands new nurses have the challenge of deciding what area of practice best fits with their nursing skills. Under the Nurse Residency Program, nurses have several different areas of practice to experience when searching for the right track, including children's services, critical care, emergency services, medical/surgical specialty, peri-operative services, women's services and behavioral health.

Once graduates select their specialty, nurse preceptors and nurse educators are available to provide individual attention and guidance during clinical practice. Classes that are specifically tailored for each area of practice are also available for graduates to attend.

All nursing graduates who enter the program are hired as UNMH employees and receive employee benefits. Graduates who are not yet registered nurses are hired as Graduate Nurses and use the program to prepare for and eventually take the NCLEX exam which is required by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

The Nurse Residency Program accepts new classes of graduates three times a year in January, June and August. This past June, 55 graduates were introduced with 24 being from the UNM College of Nursing.

Since UNMH is well known as a teaching hospital, new nurses can expect nothing but the best in guidance and teaching from established employees. The UNM Academic RN Residency Program is a participant in the University HealthSystem Consortium/American Association of Colleges of Nursing (UHC/AACN) Nurse Residency Program and is a series of work and learning experiences designed to assist the new graduate nurse into their first professional role. Graduates from all over the country have come to UNMH because it is one of only 35 hospitals in the U.S. to offer such an important and necessary program. This one-year program focuses on the transition to professional nursing practice with special emphasis on critical thinking, patient safety, leadership, research and communication skills.

The Nurse Residency Program is dedicated to providing the resident with personalized, comprehensive and high quality experiences in a diverse setting that only an Academic Medical Center can provide. For more information, contact Director of the Nurse Residency Program Mary Blessing at (505) 272-9892 or Senior Recruiter Valerie Grant at (505) 272-0497. To view on-line information, go tohttp://hospitals.unm.edu/NurseResidency/index.shtml