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College of Nursing

MSC09 5350
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 1-800-690-0934

College of Nursing Student Recommends RN to BSN Program

November 8, 2016

John Colangelo was working on his master’s degree in Radiologic Technology, conducting research for his thesis at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY, when he had the privilege of watching some of the registered nurses (RNs) taking care of the very critical patients who came in and out of the Radiology Department for diagnostic imaging scans. It was at that time he made up his mind to become a nurse so he could spend the rest of his career helping people in a meaningful way. He left a job with Intel in their Digital Health Division to pursue a career that could really make a difference in people’s lives.

Having been a self-proclaimed “tech geek” since the early 1990’s, John has a strong background in information technology and worked for several years in clinical informatics, helping hospitals develop integrated information technology systems. He has seen information technology emerge and develop in the health care field, and he finds it very exciting to see how rapid information exchange within the health care arena can save lives and promote wellness.

As a lifelong learner, John fully acknowledges the need to continuously improve and to obtain the best credentials possible. Although an associate-level nursing degree was an excellent starting point for him, John wanted to continue his education to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Knowing the University of New Mexico’s (UNM’s) outstanding reputation in Nursing, John made up his mind to earn a BSN at the UNM College of Nursing. He had been waiting for UNM to develop an online RN to BSN program for busy, working professionals.

John is approaching the 60% completion mark in the BSN program, and so far, he says the program has exceeded his expectations. “The course content is clearly developed to enable learning in several key areas, such as critical thinking, scientific research methodology, community and public health nursing, leadership, communication, and more,” says John. “The faculty have been outstanding; they are extremely motivating and encouraging, and I have the sense that they truly want us to succeed. The program is not easy; it’s a lot of work, but I am learning, and I am able to work full time and easily handle the workload.”

If you ask John whether he’d recommend the UNM RN to BSN program to others, he proudly states that he has encouraged three colleagues to join: “First of all, UNM has an excellent reputation. Secondly, the program is excellent and has been designed by skilled faculty with advanced educational degrees in nursing. Thirdly, the program is extremely cost-effective and is probably the best value for the money anywhere in the country. I cannot recommend this program highly enough!”