Mission, Values, Goals, and Accomplishments



To promote health and improve the quality of life of the people of New Mexico through nursing education, research, practice and public service, recognizing the state’s multicultural heritage and dynamic border environment.

Core Values

The School of Nursing (SON) operates under the following core values:

Accountable for providing the best skills and simulation experiences to prepare our learners
Genuine commitment to teamwork to ensure the best experience for our learners
Give respect and embrace diverse backgrounds, talents, and perspectives
Innovate to create new approaches to healthcare education and redefine existing ones
Excellence in achieving the highest standards in everything we do
Show integrity by being honest, ethical, and consistent in our actions

Strategic Plan

NMSU has identified four strategic goals (NMSU LEADS 2025) that reflect the university’s mission and vision and are vital to NMSU’s success. These goals include:

  • Advancing student success;
  • Elevating research and creativity;
  • Amplifying extension and outreach; and
  • Building a robust NMSU system.

NMSU’s strategic goals are designed to be broad enough for each department and unit within the university system to find a way to contribute. The School of Nursing contributes to LEADS 2025 in the following ways:

NMSU Leads 2025 Goal 1: Enhance Student Success and Social Mobility, Objectives 1-6

  • Create a targeted recruitment initiative for the undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Enhance outreach and advising to pre-nursing students.
  • Revise and update the nursing curriculum to meet new AACN guidelines.
  • Establish NMSU SON as leaders in integrated primary care and mental health care education and training, as well as the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of individuals with opioid and other substance use disorders.
  • Develop a nurse anesthesiology track in the DNP program.

NMSU Leads 2025 Goal 2: Elevate Research and Creativity, Objectives 1

  • Increase the number of extramural grant submissions over the next three years.
  • Increase the amount of private and corporate funding for SON research/scholarships.
  • Submit a minimum of one training grant per year.

NMSU Leads 2025 Goal 3: Amplify Extension and Outreach, Objectives 1, 4, and 5

  • Leverage NMSU extension and other outreach/campus programs to enhance recruitment efforts.
  • Identify at least new private-public partnerships to support SON’s academic, research, scholarships, and outreach efforts.

NMSU Leads 2025 Goal 4: Build a Robust University System, Objectives 1, 3, and 5

  • Expand faculty development in a variety of areas.
  • Complete the design/budget for the renovation of the Nursing Skills and Simulation Center.
  • Revise the SON Website, focusing on program areas, development/fundraising, and alumni relations.
  • Increase donor revenue each year by 20%.

Key Accomplishments

Graduate Programs

  • Doubled program enrollment in the past two years.
  • The graduate program obtained $1.55 million in federal grants to support education and training in the area of opioid and other substance use disorder evaluation, treatment and recovery services for nurse practitioner students.
  • Ninety-six (96%) certification pass rate for the past 5 years.
  • All DNP students complete a scholarly project that addresses a patient-focused practice issue in their specialty area.

Undergraduate Program

  • From 2005-2022, the School of Nursing has graduated over 2,250 nurses.
  • For the Fall 2022, the BSN program will have 424 students in the program.
  • BSN program retention rates are currently at 88%.
  • Seventy-five (75%) of those graduating obtained their original RN license to practice nursing in New Mexico.
  • Forty-three (43%) of students are from rural counties in New Mexico.
  • Fifty (50%) of students are first generation college students.