New Mexico

Every New Mexican deserves an exceptional nurse when and where they need nursing care. The New Mexico Action Coalition is a true coalition of organizations and individuals whose passion drives the advancement of nursing as a strong ally and partner to improve health in the state.

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Education

To ensure that New Mexico nurses are ready for tomorrow’s challenges, the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) is creating a coordinated state plan for nursing education.  And stimulating intellectual curiosity is the challenge of the lifelong learning workgroup.

Progress

The NMNEC is finishing a common curriculum plan for schools to review and approve this fall.

The concept based curriculum will be ready this fall for participating schools to begin their curriculum approval process. Other implementation workgroups are focused on policy issues, developing a common education technology platform, student support issues, and engaging clinical and community partners.  Dr. Jose Garcia, Secretary of New Mexico Higher Education Department, and Governor Susana Martinez are supporting NMNEC efforts as a possible benchmark for other higher education disciplines.

The New Mexico Action Coalition Lifelong Learning Workgroup is beginning its work by exploring barriers for nurses entering and competing RN to BSN programs. They are also interested in promoting specialty certification as another means of advancing nurse professional development.

Leadership

Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy discussions. Faced with New Mexico’s significant health care challenges, nurses at all levels must step up, and contribute their valued perspective. 

Progress

We understand that communicating the value of nursing leadership and building allies are critical to providing opportunities for nurses to take on leadership roles. At the same time nurses must develop leadership competencies, and identify opportunities to contribute their value. We will engage New Mexico’s nurses at all levels to train and provide them with opportunities to lead

Practice

In New Mexico access to high quality health care can be challenging; so nurses must practice to the full extent of their education and training. Our laws and regulations support this, however, institutional policies still exist creating barriers to care.

Progress

To ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training, we are developing strategic partnerships in an effort to ensure our patients and families receive the care they need.  

The Rural Nurse Residency is a partnership with Idaho State University, targeting nurses in rural acute care and community settings. Created to help nurses develop the skills and confidence they need for a success practice in rural settings, this one-year program has web-based classes with on-site clinical preceptor support.  Coordinated by the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence, there are 17 preceptors and 15 residents currently enrolled in the program.  An advisory committee of facilities using the program has been organized to provide guidance on program strengths, challenges and sustainability as we transition out of the Idaho State University HRSA grant.

Interprofessional Collaboration

To ensure high quality, patient-centered care, nurses, physicians and other health professionals must collaborate in education and practice, and across all health care settings.

Progress

We are building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including physicians and other health providers, to support, spread and implement models of interprofessional collaboration in education and practice.

Diversity

New Mexico’s population is diverse, and many residents have unique health care needs. The nursing workforce must evolve to reflect these changing dynamics.

Progress

We will work with our colleagues throughout the state to communicate the value of diversifying the nursing workforce to reflect the state’s population.  We support and promote the work of the Com Alma Foundation Partners in Nursing (PIN) grant focused on diversity in nursing, as well as other initiatives that hold promise as models for recruiting, educating and supporting a diverse nursing workforce.

This Partners in Nursing VI Grant focuses on New Mexico’s need for culturally competent health care and effective nursing leadership. This project explores Hispanic and Native American nurse needs, establishing an infrastructure to address those needs, and developing minority nurse leaders. 

Support is being provided to the New Mexico Native American Nurses Association to build membership capacity. An organizational meeting of Hispanic nurses is scheduled to explore ways to work within existing nursing organizations (such as the NM Nurses Association) to bring attention to Hispanic nurses’ concerns about health equity issues.

Data

Effective deployment of the health care workforce requires information – data to tell us what kind of health providers we will need and with what skills. Yet major gaps exist in the workforce data we now have.

Progress

The New Mexico Action Coalition Data Workgroup is collaborating with the New Mexico Board of Nursing, NMNEC, the Health Professions Workforce Data Center and others to answer questions about the nursing workforce. By state law, the Health Professions Workforce Data Center is to collect a core set of data on all licensed health professions. 

The New Mexico Action Coalition is at the table as the planning for the Center takes place.  The New Mexico Board of Nursing has included the National Forum of Nursing Workforce Centers’ Nurse Education Minimum Data Set into their required annual report from schools.  The first data collection is the summer of 2012. The New Mexico Action Coalition, NMNEC and others are pooling questions for nurse employers for a survey later this fall.

 

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Joie Glenn, Board President, New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence

Patty Kehoe, President, Molina Healthcare

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