NEWS RELEASE

February 18, 2008

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN) and St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, N.M. are partnering to provide registered nurses (RN) in the Santa Fe area an on-site Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program.

The RN to BSN curriculum is offered through the UNM CoN with the objective to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses in New Mexico.

Nurses with a BSN gain additional knowledge, skills and professional opportunities.

With this collaboration, more RNs in Santa Fe and the surrounding area will have the opportunity to earn their BSN and will help meet the employment needs of St. Vincent.

The UNM CoN has agreed to provide the RN to BSN curriculum one course per term on site in Santa Fe until currently enrolled students complete the required curriculum. The College is also providing qualified instructors to teach on site who will offer the CoN’s curriculum in consultation with faculty in Albuquerque. Santa Fe Community College will also help publicize and support the program.

St. Vincent is providing classroom space for didactic instruction each term, and material and technical support for the instructors. The hospital is also providing an on site workspace and internet access, and monetary support per term to help with costs for instructors.

The UNM CoN offers its RN to BSN program at various sites around New Mexico including, Santa Fe Community College, UNM-Gallup, UNM-Rio Rancho, University of New Mexico Hospitals in Albuquerque, New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs and San Juan Community College in Farmington.

The program is also available online for other RNs throughout New Mexico.

For more information about the program, call (505) 272-4223 or visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/consg/.