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University of New Mexico (College of Nursing)




The College of Nursing is a fully accredited component of the distinguished University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. With over 50 years of service, the College of Nursing constitutes a vital resource for the state of New Mexico by maintaining a full range of superior programs in traditional areas while addressing the special needs of a highly diverse population with thoughtfully designed programs to make nursing education available to everyone in the state.

HISTORY

The proposal for the funding of the College of Nursing was first presented to the Joint Legislative Finance Committee of the State Legislature during the fall session 1953. Although the legislative climate was not favorable for expenditure of funds for a new program and leaders worked to pass the Nurse Practice Act of 1952, meetings continued into 1954. In 1954 peopled voiced their demand for a baccalaureate program and actively contacted legislators. By the spring of 1955, during the Legislative Session money for the College of Nursing was approved as a line item in the University's budget. The College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico officially established itself in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Key nurses in moving this legislation forward were Dr. Marion Fleck and Mary Jane Carter.

The search for a first dean for the College of Nursing resulted in Eleanor King accepting the position beginning September 1, 1955. She came from Yale University that summer and 17 students were admitted that fall, 16 from the state of New Mexico. In June 1959 the first class graduated. This opened the door for the College to apply and receive accreditation from the National League for Nursing that same year.

With the arrival of Virginia Crenshaw from UCLA to become the second dean of the College in 1961, the baccalaureate program expanded to accept registered nurse (RN) students for completion of an upper division nursing major. This expansion continued with a new College of Nursing and Pharmacy building in 1974.

Then in 1978 the College extended the program again to offer a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Initial accreditation for the master's program occurred in 1981. The College began a BSN/MSN acceleration program in 1986 to enable RN students to progress through the baccalaureate and graduate Program without duplication of studies.

The RN to BSN Distance Education program got underway in the Fall of 1988 and began broadcasting interactive television courses in the Spring of 1989. In 1994 the College of Nursing along with the School of Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, and the University patient care facilities joined to comprise the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. In 1999, the College of Nursing extended distance education opportunities through the use of Internet technology.

The College of Nursing worked to design on-line curriculum for the RN/BSN Program and for Masters in Nursing concentrations, including Community Health, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education to better address the needs of their students. By 2003, the College requested a visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the purpose of an accreditation for these new developments. The College of Nursing was fully accredited by the CCNE until 2012 and approved by the New Mexico Board of Nursing until 2010.

A doctorate of philosophy degree in nursing began in August 2003 with eleven students from around New Mexico. The program's focus is healthcare needs of vulnerable children, youth, and families.

In 2005, the College of Nursing will celebrate its 50th anniversary providing excellence in nursing education.



School name:University of New MexicoCollege of Nursing
Address:2502 Marble Ave. NE
Zip & city:NM 87131-5688 New Mexico
Phone:(505) 272-4223
Web:http://hsc.unm.edu/consg/
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College of Nursing Courses


PATHOPHYSIOLOGY I
An introduction to human pathophysiology. The course focuses on forming a basic understanding of pathophysiology for nursing students.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY II
This course is a continuation of Pathophysiology II. The course focuses on forming a basic understanding of pathophysiology for nursing students.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTIC
Introduction to nursing research and informatics. Emphasis is on the research process, designs and research utilization.

ADVANCEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL NURSING
Self evaluation of nursing knowledge and professional development goals. Topics: contemporary nursing roles and issues; exploration of intellectual skills and strategies used by nurses; personal philosophy of nursing professionalism; leadership; conflict management skills.

GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES
Topics in Nursing.

APPLICATION OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS CONCEPTS
Allows R.N. to B.S.N. students opportunity to explore in depth select concepts associated with an individual¿s physical health and illness. Concept categories include regulation and homeostasis, oxygen and hemostasis, protection, maladaptive behavior, emotions, and cognition.

ADVANCED NURSING THEORY I
Study of the nature and function of theory and analysis of concepts. Selected theories and nursing conceptual models are reviewed and analyzed. Their application for nursing education, practice, administration, and research is explored.

THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ADVANCED NURSING
Examines selected theories in nursing and health. Approaches to the analysis, critique and utilization of theories in nursing practice and scholarship are emphasized. Students develop and apply a theory and analysis to an area of interest.

RESEARCH IN NURSING I
Examines methods used to research nursing problems and measure outcomes of therapeutic interventions. Emphasis on problem generation, framing problem theoretically, research designs, and data measurement and analysis

RESEARCH IN NURSING I
Examines methods used to research nursing problems and measure outcomes of therapeutic interventions. Emphasis on problem generation, framing problem theoretically, research designs, and data measurement and analysis.

HEALTH CARE POLICY, SYSTEMS AND FINANCING FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE ROLES
Professional seminar. Provides opportunity for in-depth discussion of concepts related to advanced practice. Focus in on issues affecting scope of practice, health policy, economics of health care, ethical decision making, and advanced nursing roles and collaborative practice.

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY IN ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING
Focuses on the pathophysiological bases of advanced nursing assessment. Clinical case studies are used to apply theoretical principles to clinical practice.

HEALTH PROMOTION, DISEASE PREVENTION, AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
This course will cover content related to acute health problems in adults focusing on health promotion, disease prevention, and ethical considerations associated with advanced practice nursing.

GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES
Specialized courses in Nursing.

QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN NURSING RESEARCH
The course is focused on approaches to developing nursing knowledge by means of quantitative research methods as applied to clinical problems, theoretical modeling of human responses to health and illness, and health policy issues.

QUALITATIVE METHODS IN NURSING RESEARCH
This course introduces major methodological traditions of qualitative research and their application in nursing research. Through didactic readings, presentations and discussion students become conversant with philosophical, methodological, and practical issues and challenges in qualitative research.

ADVANCED HEALTH CARE STATISTICS I
Provides knowledge, skills and practice in collecting, analyzing and interpreting quantitative data for nursing practice. The course content will cover: probability, nonparametric tests (chi-square, sign, McNemar, Mann-Whitney, Kruskal-Wallis), principal components analysis and factor analysis.

PERSONAL CONTEXT OF ILLNESS
Drawing broadly from health and social and behavior sciences, this course is an exploration into the personal and social contexts that frame the illness experience.

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