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Dean's Letter

Whose world will you change?Dr. Nancy Ridenour

In order for us to continue growing the missions for which New Mexico depends on us, we need your generosity in building endowment support and other secure funding for our vital programs. Whether it is addressing the nursing shortage by adding more great teachers – who are also accomplished clinicians – or serving the needs of all of our state by educating the nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives who will be a major factor in their health care, or correcting the shortage of clinical sites and teaching space, the College of Nursing can’t do it alone. The needs can seem overwhelming, but I believe in the vision and commitment of you and all our donors and friends as we work together to prepare exceptional nurses and thus better the health care and lives of everyone in New Mexico and beyond.

The notion of changing worlds often translates as a major discovery that is eventually adopted all over the globe, and nursing research can lead to that.  Nurses also change worlds at the bedside, in surgery, in the community, person by person and moment by moment. While the worlds they change may be very personal, the world of a single patient or family, the overall impact grows and multiplies until everything is different.  It is very much the same with your gifts to the College. How do you change the world? I invite you to begin with nursing.

We need your help. I can’t put it any more directly than that.

With gratitude and confidence,

Nancy Ridenour

Dean, UNM College of Nursing