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Making an Impact

From BSN to PhDs, our students are getting out in the community. Their experiences may be different but their outcome is all the same – they are making a difference. A difference for all they care for and serve. A difference that will change them at the core. Making them a Lobo Nurse for life.
Learn more about some of the things our students are getting out there and doing.

christina-oconnell-at-the-pit.jpgVaccinations at The Pit

Christina O’Connell, class of 1996 and current DNP student, is the director of “The Pit” COVID-19 clinic for the next few months.  Thank you to all our Lobo Nurses and the many volunteers who are protecting the pack!

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lending-a-helping-hand.jpgLending a Helping Hand

Heather Michelle Linville, nursing student, volunteers with the New Mexico Medical Reserve Corp to assist those effected by COVID-19.  Linville strongly recommends other nursing students to volunteer.

“The people I work with are generous with their time and desire to share education and information,” she says. “I cannot enforce it strongly enough how positive this experience has been.”

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care-calls-spencer.jpgCare Calls

Students from academic units across the Health Sciences campus volunteered to make phone calls to older adults and those with disabilities to connect them with support services.

College of Nursing faculty members Loren Kelly, MSN, RN, and LeeAnna Vargas, MSN, RN, created an online Care Calls center for nursing students to participate. Nursing students who made calls found the biggest impact they had was in making human contact. 

Approximately 3,000 calls have been made by nursing students.


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Continuing a Legacy

Erica Anne Newfield, DNP student, is following in her mother’s footsteps and becoming a 2nd generation Lobo Nurse. Her mother, Susan Murdoch Newfield, class of ’72 is seen here with her doing CPR in the simulation lab.


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Shot of Hope

Starting on day one, December 15, 2020, our students and faculty have volunteered to deliver the historic coronavirus vaccines.

Their heroic efforts will continue as our BSN student gain valuable clinical experience and our MSN, DNP, PhD students and faculty make their imprint to bring hope to New Mexico.

Evey Markham, BSN student shown here admistering the vaccine to College of Nursing simulation staff member John Bermel.


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Clinical Experience During a Pandemic

COVID-19 cannot hold back our BSN students from gaining valuable clinical experiences. These level 4 BSN students are at UNM Hospital 4 East – Trauma/Surgical step-down unit.


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Care Packages

The College of Nursing’s Student Nurses Association prepared care packages this past summer, including over 300 hand sanitizing inserts donated by the NM Nurses Association and Walmart. Faculty, Maggie Faber, and SNA members handed out packages to UNMH nursing staff.


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Fighting the Flu

Every year our students serve the community by providing flu vaccines. Although this year it looked a little different, that didn’t stop our students from protecting the pack.


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Social Distanced Simulation

Our level one BSN students are in the skills lab charting on our mock electronic charting system. Of course, they are always social distancing!


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Finishing Nursing School in a Pandemic

'Proud' is an understatement,” says Judy Liesveld, PhD, PPCNP-BC, associate dean of Education and Innovation, “These students will go down in history.” 
After spending 20 months as nursing students – six of those months amid a pandemic – 130 students will be graduating from The University of New Mexico College of Nursing, entering the workforce when New Mexicans need them most. 


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Shane Goeckner, BSN UNM Health Sciences Rio Rancho graduate shown here. Shane is part of the 1st graduating class at the Rio Rancho Campus.



Looking Out for Each Other

CON Assistant Professor Heidi Honegger Rogers, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, hosted Community Circles for students, faculty and staff via zoom as an opportunity to check-in and share experiences during these unprecedented times.
“The circle arose to counter the isolation of working at home. It became an intentional caring community. Students, staff and faculty can drop in anytime. It's been sweet to connect in this way that does not depend on our work roles but as friends going through the pandemic together.”

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Students Care for COVID-19 Patients on New York’s Front Lines

Alex Perrin, MSN nurse practitioner student and Kris Jackson, PhD student, headed to New York’s front lines during their April 2020 coronavirus surge.
"Alex and Kris exemplify what it means to be a nursing student at the University of New Mexico," said College of Nursing Dean Christine Kasper, "going above and beyond, and driven by their calling to serve our nation where it was most needed at the time."

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Volunteers in a Crisis

Robin Carillo Ortiz, a student in the UNM-Santa Fe Community College dual bachelor of science in nursing program, turned a lifelong love of sewing and turned it into a network of volunteers sewing cloth masks for distribution to hospitals, first responders and other organizations.

"We're making about 8,500 masks across the street a week, she says. "It blows my mind."

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Ready for the Workforce

Daryl Ingram spoke with KOAT about his passion to join the nursing profession in May when he graduates. We are honored to have outstanding nursing students ready to enter the workforce.


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Important Health Conversations

BSN nursing students and professor Loren Kelly are providing health conversations for the African Refugee Women's Group. Teaching about injury prevention. Our nursing students are making a difference for New Mexicans everywhere.

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Student Research Posters

Level 4 BSN students, Hannah Downing (NMNEC Dual Degree BSN - CNM) and May Pearl Cornelio (Pre-licensure BSN - UNM Albuquerque), showing off their poster.


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