ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CON) has received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award for its online educational program, The Neighborhood.

The Neighborhood is a virtual, web-based community that serves as a platform for the undergraduate concept-based curriculum at the UNM CON. The idea was conceived out of a recognized need for nursing education reform.

The AACN awards program recognizes the outstanding work of AACN member schools that re-envision traditional models for nursing education and lead programmatic change.

Innovation awards are given annually in four institutional categories: Small Schools; Academic Health Center (AHC): Private Schools without an AHC; and Public Schools without an AHC. The UNM CON was selected to receive the 2008 award in the Academic Health Center category.

For more information on The Neighborhood and the UNM CON, visit http://hsc.unm.edu/consg/neighborhood/. For AACN, visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/.


Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322