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A Message from the Dean

I am proud to say that the College of Nursing has provided nursing education since 1955 and is continuing its tradition of being a vital resource and a source of pride for the state of New Mexico. As a fully accredited component of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, the College continues to be on the forefront of nursing across the state and throughout the nation. Our renowned faculty, acknowledged for excellence and leadership, provide our students with an education that emphasizes working with rural and underserved populations and prepares them to transform nursing and health care within diverse communities, health care settings and beyond.

We are providing innovation and leadership in our undergraduate programs through the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium, our graduate programs include nationally ranked MSN concentrations, and our dynamic DNP and PhD programs are designed to be partially or fully online. These and other cutting-edge approaches complement the College's traditional programs to form academic experiences that are accessible, responsive and pertinent to the changing environment in health care and academia.

Our students and growing alumni represent a rich ethnic and cultural diversity and a wealth of personal and professional experience. As participants in one of the leading Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the country, our students have the opportunity to engage in a multitude of ever-expanding interprofessional and culturally relevant activities across the Health Sciences Center and UNM.

The College’s vision is to develop solutions for the most important nursing challenges pertaining to human health and health equity in our communities through education, scholarship, practice and service, and I am pleased to work with such a wonderful group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to accomplish these goals!

Ridenour, Nancy
PhD, RN, APRN, BC, FAAN
Professor and Dean
(505) 272-6284
nridenour@salud.unm.edu