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Funding Priorities

Changing Worlds Tomorrow for the UNM College of Nursing

Priorities where your support will generate the greatest change and address the most urgent among many needs:

Endowed Chairs

Every aspect of health care is affected by the increasing shortage of nurses. One of the main reasons that there aren’t enough nurses at the bedside in part is because there aren’t enough nursing faculty to teach them. Many current faculty are reaching retirement and many advanced practice nurses are having great success outside of the classroom.  Because there are so many opportunities for graduate prepared nurses, teaching has become one of the lowest paid and least attractive options. Endowed Chairs will enable the best people to be recruited and retained and that means more students can be educated and inspired by outstanding faculty.

Nurse-Midwifery Program Endowment

In New Mexico, midwives attend more births than anywhere in the nation, nearly four out of every ten. The College of Nursing’s midwifery program is committed to educating nurse-midwives to serve rural areas and underserved women and families.  Actually since 1996, more than 80 percent of our graduates have done just that and one third of New Mexico’s midwives are UNM graduates. A Nurse-Midwifery Program Endowment will ensure stable funding for students and faculty, meaning more midwives to serve more of New Mexico’s mothers and babies.

New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC)

The New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) brings together nursing education programs and nursing organizations with the specific goal of increasing the number of nurses with baccalaureate and graduate degrees in New Mexico. Achieving this important goal will help address both the critical nursing and nursing faculty shortages in the state. The work of the NMNEC will confirm the quality and educational outcomes of nursing education in New Mexico by creating a common curriculum. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has recently recommended that the proportion of nurses in the United States who hold at least a bachelor’s degree be increased from its current level of 37% in New Mexico to 80% by 2020. Working together as NMNEC, we can meet the nursing shortage, the IOM’s recommendation, ensure that NM nurses have long and rewarding careers and consider graduate degrees to address the faculty shortage making rural access to healthcare a reality for even more New Mexicans. Ultimately, NMNEC will expand nursing degree offerings while making New Mexico communities healthier. NMNEC Website

Graduate Student Scholarships

Health care reform promises to add some 32 million Americans to the rolls of the insured at a time when there is a shortage of primary care providers. Nurse Practitioners provide many primary care services safely and effectively. Their scope of nursing practice is expanding and private scholarship support for graduate students is critical in order to facilitate that as we embrace the changes and come together to improve health care for all. That support will allow nurses to apply their education and expertise in leadership roles on the front lines of nursing, in clinical practice, teaching and research and health policy design and development.