Recently, New Mexico’s governor signed a bill funding upgrades to state health care facilities, an initiative that will create jobs for nurses. Improvements to infrastructure and other areas are aimed at improving the quality of life for all New Mexico residents. New Mexico issues multi-state licenses to its registered nurses, giving them the ability to work in over 20 other states if they choose.
Nurses in New Mexico will find the most abundant opportunities in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Farmington. Nursing assistants can make about $26,000 annually, and practical/vocational nurses earn $45,000 per year. Registered nurses earn about $65,000 annually, and nurse practitioners can make about $100,000 per year.
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RN-to-BSN Programs in New Mexico
Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of New Mexico’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.
Eastern New Mexico University
$ 216 per credit hour
30 Days Prior to the Beginning of the Semester
| ||School Website||Online|| 1500 S Ave K |
Portales, NM 88130
New Mexico Highlands University
$ 600 per credit hour
For more information contact the admissions office at 505.434.3439
| ||School Website||Online|| University Ave |
Las Vegas, NM 87701
New Mexico State University
$ 219 per credit hour
For admissions information, contact the School of Nursing at 575.646.3812
| ||School Website||Campus and Online|| 2850 Weddell Street |
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Northern New Mexico College
$ 125 per credit hour
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| ||School Website||Campus|| 921 Paseo de Onate |
Española, NM 87532
University of New Mexico
$ 400 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| 1700 Lomas Blvd NE |
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Western New Mexico University
$ 238 per credit hour
| ||School Website||Online|| 1000 W. College Ave |
Silver City, NM 88061
Please contact the RN to BSN program in New Mexico that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in New Mexico that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!
State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths
The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, New Mexico has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined the ways in which New Mexico is actively progressing on this front.
- Practice & Care
- Interprofessional Care
What is being done to increase the number of New Mexico RN’s with a BSN?
New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) developed a standard curriculum and presented it to the state’s colleges and universities. They are also working with community colleges to establish BSN tracks for students.
Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?
What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?
The AC offers leadership trainings to nurses statewide.
Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?
Yes. No specific plans announced.
Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?
Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?
No specific plans announced.
How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?
The AC partners with the New Mexico Nurses Association to recruit Hispanic nurses through outreach programs.
What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?
The coalition works with the NM Health Professions Workforce Data Analysis Center to find new ways to collect and use workforce demand data.
New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence
Source: Campaign for Action
For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the New Mexico Action Coalition page.
New Mexico Licensing
New Mexico is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the New Mexico Department of Health and Human Services.
Nursing Employment Outlook
Nursing Supply and Demand Projections
What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities
Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.
6301 Indian School Road, NE, Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87110
PO Box 29658
Santa Fe, NM 87592-9658
NMSU Student Nurses Association
715 Alta Vista Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
1190 S St Francis Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87505