New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM
The NCIN grant helped second-degree students access the accelerated nursing program, and these are often the students most committed to serving under served rural communities.

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Round 4: 2011 – 2012
Amanda Adams
Tiffany Autry
Thomas Hayth
Kandis Jones
Erika Poling
Round 5: 2012 – 2013
Tomi Chavarria
Sandra Diaz
Stefani Kildare
Julia Mercer-Smith
Mieka Wenner 
 With NCIN support, New Mexico State University’s school of nursing developed a number of innovative initiatives and school-wide strategies to promote the recruitment and retention of minority, low-in-come, and rural students and others from backgrounds underrepresented in nursing. These strategies include minority recruitment through health career clubs; a distance-learning program partnering with a community college; individualized and/or formal group remediation by nursing faculty for struggling students; a simulation lab to develop clinical reasoning skills and enhance professional judgment; distance learning technologies to allow flexible scheduling to help students meet the demands of family and work; and participation in the statewide nursing education consortium.