ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state colleges and universities are moving to a common nursing curriculum to make it easier for students to complete their degrees.
Gov. Susana Martinez and leaders of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium announced the alignment on Thursday, following a two-year effort by her administration and education officials.
According to Martinez’s office, the use of a common curriculum will make it easier and less expensive for students to transfer from one school to another.
It will also allow nursing students at colleges in rural areas to be able to earn bachelor’s degrees without having to leave their communities.
“The lack of a common curriculum for nursing students in New Mexico has put undue stress on our health care system, causing high costs and frustrating delays for many New Mexicans who seek to serve their state and communities as nursing professionals,” the governor said in a statement. “When burdensome and dissimilar requirements hold back the training of nurses, New Mexico families and communities suffer. These important changes will allow more New Mexicans who aspire to serve their communities as nurses to realize their goals, as well as to ensure they are then able to serve in their own communities where their families live and work.””
By the next academic year, officials say 63 percent of nursing students will learn from the same curriculum, with that number rising to 100 percent by 2017.