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Student Success

Student Success Coordinators

Undergraduate Education
Sarah Patel, MSN, RNC
Lecturer, Student Success Coordinator

Heidi Orehek, MSN, RN, CNE
Lecturer, Student Success Coach

Graduate Advanced Practice Programs
Heidi Rogers, DNP, FNP-C, APHN-BC
Assistant Professor, Student Success Coordinator

Find the help you need to succeed at The University of New Mexico College of Nursing in Albuquerque. Meet with student success coordinators, who collaborate with other faculty to improve your academic performance and help you pass licensure and certification exams.

Workshops & Advising

Take advantage of workshops and one-on-one advising, no matter what undergraduate or graduate program you're in. Workshops cover a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Academic survival
  • Introduction to academic success
  • HESI review workshop
  • NCLEX-RN review workshop
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Time management

Native American Nursing Students

Success in Nursing for Native Americans Through Collaboration (SNNAC) is a joint effort of UNM, San Juan College and the Indian Health Service to support American/Alaska Native nursing students and increase the Native American/Alaska Native nursing workforce.

Whether you're a current or prospective nursing student, turn to the organization for:

  • Cultural, academic and social support
  • Group mentorship
  • Career planning and advisement
  • Enrichment activities—student success workshops, trainings, etc.


SNNAC offers a scholarship for qualified students that covers:

  • Tuition, fees and required books
  • Monthly stipend for living expenses

Candidates must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A member or descendant of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native tribe, nation or pueblo
  • Enrolled in a UNM or SJC nursing program
  • Willing to sign a program agreement and contract

Email Heidi Orehek to get forms to apply for the scholarship. Selection is based on financial need, community involvement and a student essay.

Service Commitment

If you receive the scholarship, you must work for the Indian Health Service for two years following graduation. In addition, you must participate in SNNAC activities and trainings.

PhD Dissertation Coaching

Get one-on-one coaching as you complete your dissertation for your PhD in nursing.

With the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the UNM College of Nursing PhD Program provides dissertation coaches with experience in mentoring doctoral students, conducting research and publishing the findings.

To learn more, contact Dr. Kim Cox, associate professor and PhD program director, or Antoinette Sabedra, RWJF program manager.