Located on the border of the United States and Mexico, New Mexico is a great place to be if you are looking to expand your nursing career by becoming a Nurse Practitioner. The state currently has 550 NPs (BLS, 2012) providing care for its diverse residents, and can likely benefit from increasing the number of these cost effective, compassionate caregivers, especially along the border.
Residents of New Mexico enjoy natural beauty, pleasing climates, cultural diversity and a creative, independent atmosphere. That, when combined with the fact that NPs earn a mean annual salary of $94,530 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012), can be enticing for both residents, and those nurses looking to relocate.
New Mexico's nurse practitioners also benefit from the state's independent, creative vibe, as it is one of the states in which a collaborative agreement with a physician is not required to practice or to prescribe medications; nurse practitioners are free to provide primary healthcare services without physician oversight.
If you are interested in exploring your options for NP programs in New Mexico, take a look at the schools featured on this page, and request information from those you are interested in. Many programs now offer online options, as well as distance education initiatives that allow working adults to complete a program without undue sacrifice. NP programs for New Mexico nurses include:
- New Mexico State University. New Mexico State recently dropped their Master's level NP programs in favor of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program - a forward thinking move, since the DNP will become the minimal degree required for entry for all advanced practice nurses by 2015. Students can select either the BSN-to-DNP program, or the post-MSN-to-DNP program. The Pysch/Mental Health NP program is offered every other year; the Public/Community Health and Adult Health programs are offered annually, but currently only accept full-time students. Coursework is available online.
- University of New Mexico. UNM offers a Master's-level Family Nurse Practitioner program with a strong emphasis on primary care for rural and under-served areas. The program strongly encourages nurses from those areas to apply for admission. Some coursework is offered online, but onsite attendance is required for other classes.
- Georgetown University. Georgetown University in Washington D.C. offers two online NP programs that are accessible to nurses in New Mexico: a Family Nurse Practitioner program and a Nurse Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program. Classes are web-based, and clinical experiences can be arranged close to home.