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Dean’s Message

Welcome to the University of New Mexico, College of Nursing

It is my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of our distinguished faculty, staff and students. We are preparing the next generation of healthcare leaders, moving innovation and scientific discovery to the state of New Mexico and the nation. The University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing is unique in our focus to provide care to underserved and minority communities in the region. These efforts seek to work in partnership with these communities to provide the support and care that they deem important for the health and wellbeing of their communities. As we seek health equity for diverse people, locally and globally, a unique opportunity and obligation to create original clinical scholarship, policy, and cutting-edge scientific research emerges. The synergy between our faculty in the areas of clinical creativity and research are crucial to forwarding the discipline of Nursing; and the ultimate result is better health care and quality of life for all.

The creative work and expertise of the College of Nursing has been nationally and internationally recognized in many ways. The UNM College of Nursing is ranked 15thas one of the top schools of nursing in the southwest. The graduate program in Midwifery has a long tradition of being honored as one of the top 10 programs in the United States, currently 7th. Further, this program is a national role model providing cutting edge scholarship for the effective delivery of care to the underserved and minority communities. For undergraduates, a recent grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded to Dr. Judy Liesveld has provided immersion of students in two week long clinical rotations on the Navajo Nation. By studying with these clinician scholars, our students are rapidly guided to their place as leaders in the discipline. We have also formed invaluable partnerships with the Albuquerque Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center to educate nurses to care for our nation’s Veterans.

Nationally and internationally, the faculty have been honored by Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing and the Sigma Theta Tau International Researcher Hall of Fame. As an exemplar of this recognition, Dr. Beth Tigges was elected the President of Sigma Theta Tau International a pivotal and influential professional nursing organization. STTI holds the status of a United Nations Economic and Social Council, a special consultative status, which allows STTI to have global influence in health care. Renowned faculty such as Dr. Tigges brings invaluable expertise and insight to the UNM College of Nursing and our students.

This is an exciting time for forwarding research and graduate education at the UNM College of Nursing. The faculty and students have been awarded grants for their research and scholarship from many national sources, including the prestigious Policy Scholars program from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, the Department of Defense, Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs and many others. As we expand our research and scholarship into cutting-edge areas of science, I am confident that the UNM College of Nursing will shortly take its place as a national leader in the education of clinical leaders and scholars who will form the front line of innovation in healthcare. A very exciting and important time indeed for the advancement of the discipline of Nursing and service to the State of New Mexico and the Nation.

Annual Report

Christine E. Kasper
Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACSM
Dean and Professor