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Helping Nurses Develop the Confidence to Succeed


 The HRSA grant that funds the Northwest Rural Nurse Residency (NWRNR), the content provider for this program,  will be ending June 30, 2014.  As a result, the current Rural Nurse Residency program will end June 30th as well.
It has been a valuable program that we have greatly enjoyed providing.  The residency has served 75 critical access hospitals in 17 states since 2009.  

Currently the Center is exploring next steps on provision of a preceptor workshop and residencies for RNs in NM. 
If you are interested in volunteering to be on the advisory committee contact:
Deborah Walker RN, MSN at: (505) 660-3890.
We would like to hear your ideas as options are being explored for other means to continue the program after the grant ends






MRNR Program Coordinator
New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence
3200 Carlisle NE, Suite 205
Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 889-4518

The New Mexico Rural Nurse Residency program is in partnership with the Northwest Rural Nurse Residency program, Idaho State University.

The following organizations that participated in the Program:

• Acoma, Canoncito, Laguna (ACL), San Fidel
• Artesia General Hospital, Artesia
• Crownpoint Service Unit (IHS), Crownpoint
• Holy Cross Hospital, Taos
• Indian Health Services/Four Corners, Four Corners
• Lovelace Westside Hospital, Albuquerque
• Lovelace Women's Hospital, Albuquerque
• Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces
• Mescalero Medical Center, Mescalero
• Mimbres Memorial Hospital, Deming
• Northern Navajo Medical Center (NNMC), Shiprock
• Rehoboth McKinley Christian Healthcare Services, Gallup


What Our CNOs Have Said

"Now that I have a residency program I am more willing to hire a new grad."

Carolyn McKeown, RN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer
Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna Hospital

What Our Graduates Had to Say

"I learned a lot. The Program anchored me by helping me to adjust to being a full-time medical-surgical nurse after being an LPN/RN student who worked one to two days a week. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to make the most of their career.”

Julie Padilla, RN
January 2011 NMRNR graduate
Lovelace Westside Hospital

"It was very helpful. I had access to the information I needed right away. It helped me bring what I had learned in school to the front of my brain so that I was able to use the things I had learned every day. In fact, it’s given me so much confidence that I am being oriented to move from a medical surgical nurse to a sub-acute care (SAC) nurse! I’d recommend it to any nurse – and I wish every hospital offered this type of residency program.”

Christina Maaele, RN
June 2011 NMRNR graduate
Lovelace Westside Hospital

What Our Preceptors Said

"This program benefitted me as well as it has the residents I mentor. They have access to the information they need, they can ask questions, and most of all they realize they are not alone. Your first nursing job can be scary. This program helps take some of that fear away and replaces it with confidence.”

Aaron Gallegos, RN
Lovelace Westside Hospital

"I like the combination of didactic and clinical education this program offers, as well as the opportunity for nurses to interact with preceptors formally and informally. I would recommend it to other hospitals.”

Nicola Pierce, RN
Northern Navajo Medical Center