New Mexico, as with the rest of the United States, is already facing nursing shortages, but they fear they could be facing a major crisis once the economy improves if corrective measure are not taken. In 2010 a legislative memorandum was approved, which urged public and private institutions to train more nurses. The nursing capacity in colleges and universities has grown significantly in recent years, but these numbers are not enough to keep up with the increasing demand; there is not sufficient space in these programs, and many students are being turned away.
It is projected that by 2020, New Mexico could be facing a nursing shortage reaching nearly 50 percent. Without enough qualified nursing staff, the quality of care provided could suffer substantially. Concerns are also growing about the need for advanced nursing positions, such as nurse practitioners, to offer more complex care to the aging baby boomer population. Currently in New Mexico, the Board of Nursing issues licenses for the following:
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
- Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)
- Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
- Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Nursing Licensure in New Mexico
The requirements necessary to obtain nursing licensure is mandated by each state, and their nursing board is responsible for regulating the profession. Licenses are awarded to individuals who meet the requirements. In order to practice as a professional licensed nurse in the state of New Mexico, you must first fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
- Complete a board-approved course of study for registered or practical nurses
- Receive a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
- Complete 30 hours of approved continuing education with the two-year period prior to license renewal
- Renew your license every two years
It is important that advanced practice nurses note that eligibility requirements vary by state. The area of your specialization generally determines what requirements must be met for licensure and continuing education.
Average Nursing Salaries in New Mexico
All salary data is as of May 2011.
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a registered nurse in New Mexico is $66,660, while the national average is $69,110. Occupational employment and salaries vary across New Mexico’s metropolitan areas; the only area with a higher average than the U.S. is Albuquerque at $70,150, and this number is only slightly higher.
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