College of Nursing

Catherine E. Kasper, Ph.D., Dean
College of Nursing
Nursing/Pharmacy Bldg. 228
MSC09 5350
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 272-4221
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Amy Levi, Ph.D., FAAN, University of Pennsylvania
Robin Meize-Grochowski, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Mark Parshall, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
P.J. Woods, Ph.D., M.B.A., Duquesne University of Pennsylvania at Pittsburgh

Associate Professors
Kim Cox, Ph.D., University of Florida
Barbara Damron, Ph.D., FAAN, University of Texas at Austin
Joanne Haeffele, Ph.D., University of Utah
Emily Haozous, Ph.D., Yale University
MaryJane Lewitt, Ph.D., Emory University
Judy Liesveld, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Carolyn Montoya, Ph.D., FAAN, University of New Mexico
Barbara Overman, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Beth Baldwin Tigges, Ph.D., Columbia University

Assistant Professors
Melody Avila, D.N.P., University of South Alabama
Karen Brown, Ph.D., University of Utah
Carol Capitano, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Christine Cogil, D.N.P., New Mexico State University
Ruth De Rego, D.N.P., Frontier Nursing University
Angeline Christine Delucas, D.N.P., University of San Francisco
Emily Dickson, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Gloria Dixon, D.N.P., University of Colorado
Stephen Hernandez, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Therese Hidalgo, D.N.P., New Mexico State University 
Shana Judge, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; J.D., University of New Mexico
Ralph Klotzbaugh, Ph.D., Binghamton University 
Jongwon Lee, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Jan Martin, D.N.P., Oregon Health Sciences University
Rachel Marzec, D.N.P., Drexel University
Kim McKinley, D.N.P., Vanderbilt University
Felina Ortiz, D.N.P., New Mexico State University
Kristen Ostrem-Niemcewicz, D.N.P., New Mexico State University
Heidi Rogers, D.N.P., University of Colorado
Stephen 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
Vivian Yarmola, D.N.P., Chamberlain College of Nursing
Victoria Yu, J.D., Oakbrook College of Law; D.N.P., University of Nevada, Reno

Clinician Educators, Lecturers, and Instructors
Nuzhat Ali, M.S.N., University of Texas at Austin
Carrie Allison, M.S.N., University of Phoenix
Blake Boursaw, M.S., University of Minnesota
Adreanne Cordova, M.S.N., University of Oklahoma
Jennifer Drexler, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Denai Forrest, M.S.N., University of Maryland
Marisa Francis, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Katherine Grand, M.S.N., Chamberlain College of Nursing
Geraldine Guerra-Sandoval, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Tamara Hall, M.S., Wright State University
Ingrid Hendrix, M.I.L.S., University of Michigan
Loren Kelly, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Susan Koronkiewicz, M.S.N., Wilkes University
Jennifer Lovato, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Karin Ludi, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Amie Merhege, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Laura Migliaccio, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Vicki Niazi, M.S.N., University of Phoenix
Heidi Orehek, M.S.N., Grand Canyon University 
Sara Patel, M.S.N., Grand Canyon University
Joe 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
Herica Torres, M.S.N., University of South Alabama
Jenny Vacek, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Laura Vanyo, M.S.N., University of Texas at El Paso
LeeAnna Vargas, M.S.N., New Mexico State University 
Rachel L. West, M.S.N., Capella University 
Mary Wright, M.S.N., University of New Mexico
Jacqueline Wuellner, M.S.N., University of New Mexico; M.P.H., University of Illinois

Professors Emeriti
Charlotte R. Abbink, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Leah Albers, Dr.P.H., FAAN, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Jennifer Averill, Ph.D., University of Colorado
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
Catherine N. Harris, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Judith Harris, D.N.P., University of Colorado
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
Nancy Morton, M.S., University of Arizona
Barbara L. Rees, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Barbara D. Rickert, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Nancy Ridenour, Ph.D., FAAN, Texas Tech University
Estelle H. Rosenblum-Grevey (Dean), Ph.D., FAAN, University of New Mexico
Sally Ruybal, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Donea L. Shane, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Geoff Shuster, D.N.Sc., University of California (San Francisco)
Melina Tinkle Ph.D., FAAN, University of Texas at Austin
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 healthcare.

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 the state's communities through education, scholarship, practice, and service.

•  Academic Excellence
•  Diversity and Inclusion
•  Innovation
•  Integrity
•  Respect

College of Nursing's Three Major Goals:
1.  Prepare successful nursing professionals.
2.  Create a community within the University of New Mexico College of Nursing that is diverse, inclusive, and supportive.
3.  Develop and sustain collaborative partnerships.

HSC Vision
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (HSC) 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. The CON will serve patients and the public with integrity and accountability. The CON will strive as an institution and as individuals to recognize, cultivate, and promote all forms of diversity; to fully understand the health needs of the state's communities; and to advance clinical, academic, and research excellence. The CON is committed to performing duties with compassion and respect for patients, learners, and colleagues; and always to conduct 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. The CON will advance health sciences in the most important areas of human health with a focus on the priority health needs of the state's communities. New Mexico is a majority-minority state, and the CON's 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 concentrations for the Master of Science in Nursing and the Post Master's Certificate in Nursing are fully accredited through February 28, 2027 by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374. For information about this accreditation, contact ACME at (240) 485-1802,, or

Degree and Certificate Programs

The College of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree through three distinct completion options: B.S.N. Pre-Licensure option, New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) Co-Enrolled ADN/B.S.N. Dual Degree option, and R.N. to B.S.N. option.

The graduate program offers degrees leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), the Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing (NURCP), the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a major in Nursing.

College of Nursing academic calendars are found on the College of Nursing Web site.

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 Services Office.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical agencies and for their own living arrangements (see "Residence Life and Student Housing" in 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 "Student Financial Aid" in the 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 Library and Informatics Center 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 whenever possible.

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 the time of registration. Students in clinical care courses are automatically charged for bloodborne pathogen needlestick insurance by the University.

Professional Documentation. All Undergraduate and M.S.N. Nursing Education concentration students are responsible for completing professional documentation requirements and for maintaining current professional documentation throughout his or her time in the program. Failure to maintain records may result in disenrollment. All documentation and immunizations must be current for the duration of the entire program; students will not be allowed to begin or continue clinical or fieldwork courses if any requirements will expire during the term schedule. Please see the College of Nursing Student Handbook for a current and detailed list of documentation that must be submitted or be properly updated prior to starting each term.

Provided below is a summary list of documentation that is subject to change:

  1. New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) caregiver criminal history screening letter (completed annually).
  2. Signed and stamped UNM Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) immunization record form.
  3. 10-panel urine drug screen results.
  4. UNM HIPPA training certificate(s).
  5. Bloodborne pathogens training certificate.
  6. Basic life support and/or concentration-specific life support certifications.
  7. Current nursing license (RN to B.S.N. completion option and graduate students).
  8. Influenza vaccination (seasonal).

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 their 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 B.S.N. Pre-Licensure and the NMNEC Co-Enrolled ADN/B.S.N. Dual Degree completion options are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) 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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