The Neighborhood is a virtual,
web-based community that serves as a platform for the
undergraduate concept-based curriculum at the University
of New Mexico College of Nursing. The idea was conceived
out of a recognized need for nursing education reform.
The Neighborhood features two
major sections: Households and Community Agencies.
“Households” feature characters within 11 homes that
represent a variety of health-related and family issues.
“Community Agencies” feature characters who work within
a variety of agencies that represent a variety of
environmental, organizational, leadership, and systems
related issues. The Neighborhood Newspaper reports
community events within the neighborhood providing a
mechanism to feature contemporary health related
concerns shared among individuals living within a
Events within The Neighborhood
incorporate interactions between the household and
community agency characters. Their stories unfold on a
week-to-week basis extending over three academic
semesters. The stories told through the experiences of
characters within the neighborhood support conceptual
learning within didactic and clinical courses of the