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
Web site:

Amy Levi, Ph.D., F.A.A.N., University of Pennsylvania
Robin Meize-Grochowski, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Mark Parshall, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Nancy Ridenour, Ph.D., F.A.A.N., Texas Tech University

Associate Professors
Jennifer Averill, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Barbara Damron, Ph.D., F.A.A.N., University of Texas at Austin
Joanne Haeffele, Ph.D. University of Utah
Shana Judge, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Judy Liesveld, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Carolyn Montoya, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Barbara Overman, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Beth Baldwin Tigges, Ph.D., Columbia University
Melinda Tinkle, Ph.D., F.A.A.N., University of Texas at Austin
P.J. Woods, Ph.D., M.B.A., Duquesne University of Pennsylvania at Pittsburgh

Assistant Professors
Karen Brown, Ph.D., University of Utah
Carol Capitano, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Jane Chung, Ph.D., University of Washington
Christine Cogil, D.N.P., New Mexico State University
Kim Cox, Ph.D., University of Florida
Ruth De Rego, D.N.P., Frontier Nursing University
Angeline Christine Delucas, D.N.P., University of San Francisco
Gloria Dixon, D.N.P., University of Colorado
Emily Haozous, Ph.D., Yale University
Judith Harris, D.N.P., University of Colorado
Stephen Hernandez, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Therese Hidalgo, D.N.P., University of New Mexico
Jongwon Lee, Ph.D., University of Buffalo, SUNY
Jan Martin, D.N.P., University of New Mexico
Felina Ortiz, D.N.P., New Mexico State University
Kristen Ostrem, D.N.P., University of New Mexico
Heidi Rogers, D.N.P., University of Pennsylvania 
Van Roper, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Tucson
Sharon Ruyak, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Sharon Schaaf, D.N.P., Texas Women's University
Dorinda Welle, Ph.D., New School for Social Research
Amy Weiss, D.N.P., University of New Mexico

Clinician Educators, Lecturers, and Instructors
Carrie Allison, M.S.N., University of Phoenix
Jason Baron, M.S.N., Thomas Jefferson University
Joanne Bartram, M.S.N., University of Colorado
Blake Boursaw, Ph.D.(candidate), University of Minnesota
Shandra Burton, M.S.N., University of Indianapolis
Christine Cwik, M.S.N., University of Texas at Austin
Jennifer Drexler, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Robert Elgie, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Denai Forrest, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Marisa Francis, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Adreanne Cordova, M.S.N., University of Oklahoma
Kathleen Guthrie-Minoli, M.S.N., University of California
Tamara Hall, M.S., Wright State University
Loren Kelly, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Susan Koronkiewicz, M.S.N., Wilkes University at Wilkes-Barre, PA
Jennifer Lovato, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Rachel Marzec, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Amie Merhege, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Nancy Morton, M.S., University of Arizona
Vicki Niazi, M.S.N., University of Phoenix
Christina Paap, M.S.N., University of Phoenix
Debra Pappler, M.S.N., University of South Alabama University, BA California State University
Ashley Parham, M.S.N., Georgia Regents University
Joseph Poole, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Debra Serrino, M.S.N., University of California, San Francisco
Debra Smith, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Kerri Sullivan, M.S.N., Excelisor College, New York
Herica Torres, M.S.N., University of South Alabama
Jenny Vacek, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
LeeAnna Vargas, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Mary Wright, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Jacqueline Wuellner, M.S.N., University of New Mexico; M.P.H., University of Illinois
Victoria Yu, M.S.N., University of New Mexico; J.D., Oakbrook College of Law

Professors Emeriti

Charlotte R. Abbink, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Leah Albers, Dr.P.H., F.A.A.N., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Phoebe Becktell, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Gloria A. Birkholz, J.D., M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Zella A. Bray, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Karen Carlson, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Kathryn Ann Caudell, Ph.D., University of Washington
Dorothy H. Clough, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Jeannette M. Cochran, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Marion Fleck, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Chiyoko Furukawa, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Margaret Greenberg, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Catherine N. Harris, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Idolia M. Hawkins, D.N.Sc., University of California (San Francisco)
Patricia Higgins, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Carol Johnson, M.S.N., Catholic University
Cheryl Learn, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Marie Lobo, Ph.D., University of Washington
Laura Martinez, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Katheryn McCash, M.S.N., Catholic University
Elsie S. Morosin, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Barbara L. Rees, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Barbara D. Rickert, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Estelle H. Rosenblum-Grevey (Dean), Ph.D., F.A.A.N., University of New Mexico
Sally Ruybal, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Sandra L. Schwanberg, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Donea L. Shane, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Geoff Shuster, D.N.Sc., University of California (San Francisco)
Joann R. Weiss, Ph.D., University of New Mexico


Mission Statement
The mission of the College of Nursing (CON) is to provide exemplary and innovative education, research, practice, service, and leadership that improves state, national, and global health. The College’s efforts focus on the scholarship of nursing education, research, practice, and policy to inform and lead in the delivery and analysis of nursing and health care.

Vision Statement
The vision of the CON is to develop solutions for the most important nursing challenges pertaining to human health and health equity in our communities through education, scholarship, practice, and service.

College of Nursing Programmatic Goals

  • Fully participate in UNM, HSC, and the UNM Health System governance and policy-making bodies to achieve our vision, mission, and strategic goals.
  • Produce graduates with the nursing expertise to improve health and promote health equity of New Mexicans through leadership, research, policy, and the provision of exceptional healthcare.
  • Provide outstanding educational programs to diverse student populations.
  • Lead in state and national baccalaureate and graduate education in nursing.
  • Expand and support a scholarship base consistent with being the flagship graduate nursing program in New Mexico and with the University of New Mexico’s designation as a Research University with high research activity.
  • Implement nursing and interprofessional faculty practice models that provide innovative, scholarly solutions to improve health.
  • Provide statewide leadership and advocacy in nursing and health policy.
  • Diversify the College of Nursing to increase representation to better reflect the communities we serve across the state of New Mexico.
  • Develop entrepreneurial and innovative strategies to attract and efficiently manage CON resources (fiscal, physical, and human) in a changing economic environment.

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:

The UNM Health Sciences Center’s most important value is a steadfast duty to improve the health of all New Mexicans. We will serve our patients and the public with integrity and accountability. We will strive as an institution and as individuals to recognize, cultivate and promote all forms of diversity; to fully understand the health needs of our communities; and to advance clinical, academic, and research excellence. We are committed to perform our duties with compassion and respect for our patients, learners, and colleagues; and always to conduct ourselves with the highest level of professionalism.

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 2022 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 two distinct options: prelicensure option, 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.), the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a major in Nursing.

Nursing courses are offered for undergraduate and master's level on a schedule that includes three sessions per year, as listed below (dates subject to change):

Summer 2017 May 22 - August 21
Fall 2017 September 5 - December 15

Nursing courses are offered for doctoral students year-round on the UNM semester:

Summer 2017 June 5 - July 29
Fall 2017 August 21 - December 16

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 the Student Services Information 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 the Student Services Information 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 Student Services Information 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 Web site 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 hospitals and clinics within the University Hospital system, 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 and Family Planning 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 and may use the health services described in the Student Services Information section of this Catalog. Nursing students may be required to carry insurance for hospitalization and medical care. Students who do not have health insurance may purchase an adequate policy through the University at time of registration. Students in clinical care courses are automatically 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. Consequences of failure to provide all professional documentation are explained in the Nursing Student Handbook.

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 are often 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 and/or course failure following appropriate due process.

Deadlines. If a deadline falls on a weekend or a holiday for which the University is closed, the deadline is automatically moved to close of business (5:00 p.m. Mountain Time) the next business day.

Licensure of Graduates

Graduates of the prelicensure option 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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