For nurses wanting to further their education but not leave their jobs and family to attend classes, the University of New Mexico College of Nursing is bringing a class to them.

This is the first time that the college is bringing this master's class to the students in other parts of the state. "Nurses wanting to receive a master's degree will not have to leave work for 16 weeks and drive for six hours to attend this class in Albuquerque," said Susan Fox, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Community Partnerships at the UNM College of Nursing. "This is important since smaller communities just like the rest of the nation are facing a nursing shortage." The course is being offered to facilitate progression of students from Carlsbad into the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at their request. Pat Gillett, MSN, FNP, ACNP, who is teaching the course, is also offering the ACNP coursework next year in a more distance friendly format.

Advanced Health Assessment, the course being taught in Carlsbad, is part of the core curriculum for the Master's program. According to Gillett, this is one of a few classes in the master's nursing program that requires physical presence; many classes can be completed over the web.  Advanced Health Assessment will present theoretical principles of health assessment throughout the life cycle. The course will be condensed into 3 day classes for two weekends. "It will a very condensed class so the student will need to have good study habits,"  Gillett said.

           

Advanced Health Assessment, will take place June 18, 19, 20 at the Carlsbad Medical Center and July 9, 10, 11 at UNM College of Nursing Bldg. Current UNM students can register online at https://itel.unm.edu/ITELhome.html or call I-TEL-UNM at 505-246-2020. Nurses not enrolled at UNM can take the course as a non-degree student by calling 505-277-6123 or visiting http://www.unm.edu/~ndc/ to learn more. For more information on the class call 505-272-4423 or visit http://hsc.unm.edu/consg/ACNP_Curriculum.shtml.

The UNM College of Nursing provides nursing education, research, service and leadership in nursing for the state of New Mexico. With baccalaureate,  master's and doctoral level education and web-based programs in such areas as BSN completion for RNs, acute care, 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.


Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322