April 12, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) concentration, a graduate program at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing, was granted a three-year recognition from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) for meeting the highest standards in pediatric nurse practitioner education.

The PNP program is one of the newest concentrations at the UNM College of Nursing, started in fall 2006. With this recognition from the PNCB, PNP graduates from UNM will have the option to gain certification through the board.

For the past 30 years the PNCB has certified more PNPs than any other certification organization.

Carolyn Montoya, MSN, PNP, RN and coordinator for the PNP concentration at UNM, started the program to produce more PNP graduates who would stay and work as pediatric healthcare providers in New Mexico.

"For childhood healthcare, New Mexico ranks near the bottom," Montoya said. "PNPs in New Mexico can serve as primary care providers for children. With the PNP concentration at UNM, I am looking for graduates dedicated to improving childhood healthcare in New Mexico."

The UNM College of Nursing is the only institution in New Mexico that offers a PNP concentration. The two-year program consists of core courses that focus on nursing research and theory. Nurses also take clinical core courses to learn advanced health assessment of children with a particular focus on care of children with chronic illnesses.

The UNM College of Nursing has already selected the next class of PNP graduates to begin classes in fall 2007. For more information on this concentration, contact Montoya at (505) 272-8875 or email her atcjmontoya@salud.unm.edu.