College of Nursing

Nancy Ridenour, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Dean
College of Nursing
Nursing/Pharmacy Bldg. 228
MSC09 5350
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 272-4221

Jean Giddens, Ph.D., Colorado State University
Marie Lobo, Ph.D., FAAN, University of Washington
Robin Meize-Grochowski, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Nancy Ridenour, Ph.D., FAAN., Texas Tech University

Associate Professors
Mary K. Anderson, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Jennifer Averill, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Debra Brady, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Kathryn Ann Caudell, Ph.D., University of Washington
Sally Cohen, PhD., F.A.A.N., Columbia University
Barbara Damron, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Susan Fox, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Cynthia Mendelson, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Barbara Overman, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Mark Parshall, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Geoff Shuster, D.N.Sc., University of California (San Francisco)
Beth Baldwin Tigges, Ph.D., Columbia University
Melinda Tinkle, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
P.J. Woods, Ph.D., M.B.A., Duquesne University of Pennsylvania at Pittsburgh

Assistant Professors
Keri Black, PhD., The University of New Mexico
Patsy L. Duphorne, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Socorro Escandon, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Patricia Gillett, D.N.P., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Emily Haozous, Ph.D., Yale University
Jongwon Lee, Ph.D., University of Buffalo, SUNY
Judy Liesveld, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Rebekah Salt, Ph.D., University of Washington
Dorinda Welle, Ph.D., New School for Social Research

Clinician-Educator Instructors
Joanne Bartram, M.S.N., University of Colorado
Christine Cogil, M.S.N., The University of New Mexico
Andra Davis, M.S.N., University of Washington
Robert Elgie, M.S., N., The University of New Mexico
Julie G. Gorwoda, M.S.N., The University of New Mexico
Helen Hamilton, M.S.N., Boston University
Judith Harris, M.S.N., The University of New Mexico
Keith Haynie, M.S.N., The University of New Mexico
Louise Kahn, M.S.N., The University of New Mexico
Joan Kuemper, M.S.N., South Dakota State University
Jennifer Lovato, M.S.N., The University of New Mexico
Carolyn Montoya, M.S.N., Yale University
Jan Martin, M.S.N., The University of New Mexico
Nancy Morton, M.S., University of Arizona
Felina Ortiz, M.S.N., The University of New Mexico
Kristen Ostrem, M.S.N., The University of New Mexico
Debra Smith, M.S.N., The University of New Mexico
Jenny Vacek, M.S.N., The University of New Mexico
Monique Vallabhan, M.S.N., The University of New Mexico
Mary Wright, M.S.N., The University of New Mexico

Professors Emeriti
Charlotte R. Abbink, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Leah Albers, Dr.P.H., FAAN, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Sara J. Anderson, M.S.N., Wayne State University
Phoebe Becktell, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Gloria A. Birkholz, J.D., M.S.N., The University of New Mexico
Zella A. Bray, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Karen Carlson, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Dorothy H. Clough, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Jeannette M. Cochran, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Virginia Crenshaw, Ed.D., Peabody College
Marion Fleck, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Chiyoko Furukawa, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Margaret Greenberg, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Catherine N. Harris, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Idolia M. Hawkins, D.N.Sc., University of California (San Francisco)
Patricia Higgins, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Carol Johnson, M.S.N., Catholic University
Cheryl Learn, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Laura Martinez, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Katheryn McCash, M.S.N., Catholic University
Elsie S. Morosin, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Barbara L. Rees, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Barbara D. Rickert, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Estelle H. Rosenblum-Grevey (Dean), Ph.D., FAAN, The University of New Mexico
Sally Ruybal, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Sandra L. Schwanberg, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Donea L. Shane, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico
Jacqueline Solomon, M.A., The University of New Mexico
Joann R. Weiss, Ph.D., The University of New Mexico


Mission Statement
The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide nursing education, research, service and leadership. The focus of the College’s efforts in education, research, service and leadership is on the delivery and analysis of health care, as well as the design and management of health care delivery systems.

Vision Statement
The College of Nursing’s vision is to identify the most important nursing questions pertaining to human health in our communities through education, scholarship and service,
with commitment to the Health Science Center’s (HSC) core values.

College of Nursing Programmatic Goals

  1. Become a full participant in the HSC and The University of New Mexico structure such that our mission, vision and strategic directions are aligned with the larger goals of the institution.
  2. Provide high quality educational programs to a diverse student population both on and off campus.
  3. Develop a scholarship base consistent with a Doctoral/Research University–Extensive standing consistent with the flagship graduate program in the state.
  4. Expand nursing practice to develop faculty and provide statewide leadership in nursing practice.

HSC Vision
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center will work with community partners to help New Mexico make more progress in health and health equity than any other state by 2020.

HSC Core Values
The College of Nursing supports the HSC core values:

  • To fully embrace the tenets of professionalism as faculty, staff and students;
  • To demonstrate integrity, accountability and decisiveness in our commitment to excellence;
  • To support collaborative practices and personal growth; and
  • To honor and respect our diversity in people, thinking and cultural heritage.

HSC Mission
The HSC mission is to provide an opportunity for all New Mexicans to obtain an excellent education in the health sciences. We will advance health sciences in the most important areas of human health with a focus on the priority health needs of our communities. As a majority-minority state, our mission will ensure that all populations in New Mexico have access to the highest quality health care.

The College of Nursing is fully accredited until 2012 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. The Nurse Midwifery concentration is accredited through 2017 by the American College of Nurse-Midwives’ Division of Accreditation.

Degree Programs

The College of Nursing offers the bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree through three distinct options: basic entry option, second undergraduate degree (2nd degree) option (not offered after Spring 2012), and R.N. to B.S.N. degree completion option.

The graduate program offers degrees leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a major in nursing.

The upper-division and beginning graduate nursing courses are offered on a schedule that includes three equal length sessions per year, as listed below (dates subject to change):

Summer 2011  May 12 - August 22
Fall 2011 September 8 - December 17
Spring 2012  January 12 - April 23
Summer 2012 May 10 - August 20

Students in the nursing program are subject to the general University policies and procedures described in the appropriate sections of this catalog and the specific regulations included in the College of Nursing section. All students are responsible for compliance with rules and regulations set forth in this catalog.

All services concerned with student welfare and activities are under the coordinating supervision of the Vice President for Student Affairs (see Student Services section of this catalog). In the College of Nursing, Student Services and the Curriculum Committee provide for coordination and facilitation of student activities within the College.

Athletic, cultural, recreational, religious and social activities of the University are available to all students. Students in the College of Nursing are eligible for membership in the National Student Nurses’ Association through the New Mexico Student Nurses’ Association or The University of New Mexico College of Nursing Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) and Graduate Student Nurses’ Association (GSNA).

Academic advisors are available to students in the nursing program. Students contemplating entry to the program should contact the College of Nursing Student Advisement Office.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical agencies and for their own living arrangements (see Student Housing Section of this catalog). Students should be aware that clinical experiences may be arranged in a variety of agencies and may include evening, night, or weekend scheduling.

High School Preparation. It is important that the high school student who wishes to enter the nursing program at The University of New Mexico chooses courses leading toward this goal at the earliest possible time. It is recommended that the student who intends to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing take the following subjects in high school: one year of chemistry, one year of biology, one year of physics, three years of mathematics (one of which should be algebra) and four years of English. These are recommended courses, not requirements for admission.

Financial Assistance. There are several financial assistance programs for qualified students, including scholarships, loans, grants, and student work. Certain scholarships from local and national organizations and from public and private sources are available specifically for nursing students (see listing under Financial Aid section of this catalog). Information regarding scholarships and loans may be obtained from the financial aid officer at the College of Nursing and the Student Financial Aid Office of the University. Please check the College of Nursing website at for additional information.

Educational Facilities. All of the University libraries are available to students. The Health Sciences Center Library houses an extensive collection of books, journals and other multimedia learning aids appropriate to nursing and health science. A wide variety of nursing and health sciences literature is also available through the library’s Web site.

Most nursing classes are held in the Nursing/Pharmacy Building and Domenici Center. In addition, students have clinical experiences in a variety of settings.

Clinical Facilities. Clinical facilities are located in the greater Albuquerque area and include University Hospital, local private hospitals, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bernalillo County Mental Health Center, Maternal-Infant Care Clinics, Public Health Agencies, Indian Health Service health care facilities, the Geriatric Education and Health Maintenance Clinic, the Maternity Infant and Family Health Clinic, and other facilities in outlying areas in New Mexico. Distance students are placed with clinical agencies in or near their home communities.

Special learning opportunities such as field trips to other agencies may be arranged. Many clinical agencies make libraries and classrooms available to nursing students.

Health Requirements. Students in the College of Nursing follow the health requirements described in the Admission and Registration section of this catalog and may use the health services described in the Student section of this catalog. Nursing students may be required to carry insurance for hospitalization and medical care. Students who do not have health insurance will find that an adequate policy may be purchased through the University at time of registration. Students in clinical care courses will automatically be charged for blood borne pathogen needlestick insurance by the University.

Professional Documentation. Students must present the following documentation prior to beginning a nursing clinical course:

  1. Up-to-date immunizations as specified by the College of Nursing.
  2. Annual certification of competency in administering cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  3. Blood Borne pathogen annual training.
  4. HIPAA compliance annual training.
  5. Fingerprinting and criminal background check.
  6. Urine Drug Screen.

The annual tuberculin test or T.B. screening and the required immunizations can be obtained at the Student Health Center. A copy of the result must be filed with the College of Nursing and updated annually prior to enrolling in clinical courses.

In the case of pregnancy, the student must assume complete responsibility for her own safety and welfare.

Uniforms. Undergraduate students are responsible for obtaining appropriate uniforms to be worn during clinical practice periods. Information regarding uniforms may be obtained in the College of Nursing Student Handbook or course syllabi.

Fees. Students enrolled in nursing courses will often be expected to pay a fee. Laboratory and instructional material fees are subject to change. Fees may be charged for standardized nursing achievement tests and certain technological delivery. Information about other fees and expenses may be obtained from the Schedule of Classes.

Professional Conduct. The nursing profession requires high standards of legal, ethical and moral accountability from its practitioners. Nursing students are expected to behave in compliance with the professional standards of nursing. Conduct not in keeping with professional standards may lead to enrollment cancellation following appropriate due process.

Deadlines. If a deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday for which the University is closed, the deadline will automatically be moved to close of business (5 p.m. Mountain Time) the next business day.

Licensure Of Graduates

Graduates of the basic and second degree options are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination to become licensed to practice as registered nurses. Graduates of the advanced practice concentrations of the graduate program are eligible for their respective certification exams.

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1 University of New Mexico
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