ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - After a national search, Nancy Ridenour, Ph.D., RN, APRN, BC, FAAN, has been appointed to serve as dean at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CON), announced Dr. Paul Roth, UNM executive vice president for Health Sciences. Ridenour replaces Dr. Karen Carlson who has served as interim dean since March 2007.

Ridenour joins UNM after serving as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C. As a congressional staff member with the House Ways and Means Committee, Ridenour focused on health policy issues and applied expert support on healthcare policy to help impact federal policy.

From 1999-2007, Ridenour was dean at the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University. She has also served as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado and held positions of assistant professor, professor and associate dean at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Ridenour received her bachelor of science in nursing at University of Colorado in 1974. After achieving a bachelor degree, Ridenour continued her academic career at Colorado and earned a master of science in nursing, an Adult Nurse Practitioner certificate, and became a certified Family Nurse Clinician by 1978. In 1987, she received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University.

Ridenour’s nursing career has focused on health policy and improving primary healthcare for underserved populations. She has an extensive background in international health issues and has consulted on primary care and public health issues in South America, Asia, India and the Middle East.

"I have no doubt Dr. Ridenour will take the UNM College of Nursing to new heights as dean," said Roth. "Her focus on nursing research, health policy and healthcare for underserved populations is a perfect match for our College of Nursing. The Health Sciences Center will also benefit greatly from this new addition to leadership. We look forward to working with her to continue to provide quality nursing education at UNM."


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