NEWS RELEASE May 5, 2008 Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALBUQUERQUE , N.M. – In celebration of National Nurses’ Week, May 6-12, University of New Mexico Hospitals (UNMH) is holding several activities and events throughout the week to recognize its dedicated nursing staff. This year’s theme is “Nurses Making a Difference Every Day.” Highlighted in this weeks activities are Research Day, Community Day, and Caring for the Caregiver Day. On the last day, May 12, UNMH is celebrating the birthday of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale by providing breakfast for the departing night shift nurses and cake for the day shift nurses. UNMH has more than 1,400 professional nurses on staff. In 2007, UNMH hired 313 nurses and has hired 101 nurses in the first quarter of 2008 alone. As New Mexico’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and academic medical center, UNMH provides a supportive and challenging environment for its nurses. The working philosophy at UNMH gives nurses unparalleled levels of autonomy, total support and professional empowerment. UNMH offers nurses a rare opportunity to develop their specialty skills and is now offering exciting, nationally certified training programs that combine the latest in multi-media training with hands-on classroom and simulation training with expert educators in the fields of emergency medicine, surgery and intensive care. Those interested in starting a nursing career at UNMH can call the hospital’s Nurse Recruiter at (505) 272-0497 or visithttp://hospitals.unm.edu/Nursing/Index.shtml. In addition, UNM has a four-year bachelor of science in nursing program at its College of Nursing. The UNM College of Nursing and UNMH have worked together for many years to provide nursing students the education and clinical experience needed to enter the nursing field as a professional nurse. Statistics have shown that the more bachelors’ prepared nurses are on staff at hospitals, the better the health outcomes, including fewer deaths, for patients. For more information about the UNM College of Nursing, call (505) 272-4221 or visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/consg/.