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MountainView supports nursing faculty position at New Mexico State

Recognizing the growing need for additional faculty to educate nurses, MountainView Regional Medical Center has pledged $125,000 to New Mexico State University's Department of Nursing to support an additional faculty position for the next five semesters.

t will assist the department in putting an additional eight students through the program, said Mike McDonald, development officer of the College of Health and Social Services.

Nationwide nursing shortages continue with faculty shortages, equipment needs and the impending retirement of the baby boomer generation at the root of the shortages, said Mary Hoke, head of New Mexico State's nursing department.

While New Mexico currently educates about 500 new RNs each year, not all enter the nursing workforce and others are attracted to employment in other states, Hoke said. Based on national supply and demand projections New Mexico will need to more than double its annual output to keep pace with the demand.

Hoke said the department has 15 full-time, tenure-track positions, but needs about 25 to accommodate enrollment.

There are 57 qualified students seeking admission for the spring semester, but resources would have only allowed 32 to be admitted. "With MountainView's gift we will be able to increase that number to 40," Hoke said.

"MountainView has a strong commitment to health services and nursing education. This gift is one way to help address the national nursing shortage," said Suzanne Quillen, MountainView marketing director. "It is also a way to recruit and retain excellent nursing faculty that will produce prepared nurses who we hope will become part of our health care team."

The gift will start with the spring semester and continue until spring 2005.

MountainView also has partnered with the university's nursing department and the Dona Ana Branch Community College (DABCC) nursing program to establish an on-site Learning Lab for students in the new hospital.

The 1,006-square-foot conference center on the third floor of the hospital is valued at approximately $200,000 and has been dedicated as an instructional room for nursing and health-related subjects. The room will be used for conferences before and after clinical experiences as well as other nursing activities.

In 2001 and 2002, MountainView also provided $80,000 in student aid to support nursing students at the university and branch. The financial aid is provided to nurses who are willing to commit to working at MountainView after graduation.

"This unique program provides an incentive for nursing students to remain in the Las Cruces community, which helps dampen the effect of the nursing shortage in our area," McDonald said.

For more information about the university's nursing programs, call (505) 646-3812.

Julie M. Hughes
Dec. 6, 2002