(Sponsored Content) UNM-Taos nursing program touches many lives

By Scott Gerdes
Posted 4/30/20

They have a caring nature. Empathy and bravery come naturally to them. They are detailed, organized, adaptable, and have the mental and physical endurance of a professional athlete.

They are nurses. In no other time in recent memory have nurses all over the world been more needed and appreciated than now.

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(Sponsored Content) UNM-Taos nursing program touches many lives

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They have a caring nature. Empathy and bravery come naturally to them. They are detailed, organized, adaptable, and have the mental and physical endurance of a professional athlete.

They are nurses. In no other time in recent memory have nurses all over the world been more needed and appreciated than now.

But even before COVID-19 turned our world upside down, UNM-Taos was preparing nursing students for a career of helping people. UNM-Taos’ nationally accredited program offers a two-year associate and a four-year bachelor’s degree in collaboration with the University of New Mexico. In that way, students can get their bachelor’s in Taos without having to move to Albuquerque.

Most nursing students choose to take the bachelor’s degree path. And a majority of them stay in Taos after they graduate, says Melissa Offenhartz, MA, RN, UNM-Taos nursing program director and Health Sciences Department chair. “They’re looking for a viable career that pays well and contributes to the
community.”

Donation of PPE

“When this whole thing (pandemic) broke loose, Holy Cross was planning for potentially having more patients than they would normally have and wondering how would they meet that demand,” Offenhartz says. The hospital was in major need of personal protection equipment (PPE). “We donated everything we had: gloves, masks, gowns, hand sanitizer.”

To further help Holy Cross Medical Center feel better prepared, the nursing program lent hospital beds, wheel chairs, tables, IV pumps and poles from simulation rooms.

Solidarity

“We feel the solidarity with our nurse colleagues that are working on the front lines taking care of patients,” Offenhartz expresses. “We are anxious to join them and when our students graduate, we are anxious for them to join the ranks. In the meantime, we’re teaching and preparing the future nurses. They need our support.”

SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS ONLINE

“During this unexpected time, feeling support is essential to our well-being, not only as a student but as a community.  I’d like to express my gratitude for the leadership UNM-Taos continues to exhibit.”

“As the pandemic transformed our lives, UNM-Taos provided immediate care not only educationally, but also emotionally.  Checking in with people by phone, making sure there was internet, training staff and instructors, flexible deadlines, solid support, and timely resources.”

Heather Lynn Sparrow

 

Call 575.737.6215 or visit taos.unm.edu

For full schedule of classes visit schedule.unm.edu

 

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