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Graduate Research

Beth Tigges & Max VeltmanThe Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing began in 2003. It was the first new doctoral program in the State of New Mexico in 17 years.  Our mission is to prepare PhD nurses for the State of New Mexico. We also give priority to individuals living in rural, isolated areas of the country, who would not otherwise have access to a doctoral program. We have had >> graduates from the program who are now employed in New Mexico and around the United States.

In 2008 the College of Nursing was awarded a grant by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation to develop a Health Policy Concentration in the PhD program.  This program focuses on building capacity in nursing to work in developing health policy at both the state and federal level. The program is focused specifically on developing this capacity in Native American and Hispanic students. These populations are underrepresented in both number of individuals with PhD in nursing and in health policy roles. 

Over 50 students are enrolled in our doctoral program, which can be taken on-line and can be taken either full time or part time. Students gather once a year, in the summer for a residency week, which immerses them in the program for a week. Our graduates work primarily in clinical and educational organizations.  Our current students are already making a major impact on the health and well-being of the citizens of New Mexico and the United States. Carolyn Montoya, a long time Pediatric Nurse Practitioner is working to address the obesity rates in Hispanic youth in New Mexico. Kelly Buettner-Smith is the Executive Director of Healthy Community International, which recently received funding from the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy to expand its Tobacco Policy and Environmental Change Collaborative. 

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Our students have published   a number of peer reviewed articles. They have also been presenting podium and poster presentations at a number of regional, national and international conferences . Our students are also being recognized for their excellent contributions to their places of employment, their communities and the nation. Examples of these awards include: Louise Kahn received the Jonathan Mann Award from the New Mexico Public Health Association in April, 2011 for her contributions to the health of the citizens of New Mexico. Kelly Buettner Smith won the Vision 2013 Award in 2011 at Minot State University, Minot, ND for her strong commitment to advancing the university toward its Vision 2013 goals and specific objectives.  Susan Lynch was presented with the Commander’s Award for Public Service in August 2001 for her dedication and leadership to the Strategic Army Reserve Nurse Training Pilot program. The Commander's Award for Public Service is the fourth highest honor the United States Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian, ranking directly below the Outstanding Civilian Service Award. The Commander’s Award is given for Service or achievements that contribute significantly to the accomplishment of the mission of an Army activity, command, or staff agency.