New Mexico provides several opportunities for nursing degrees, and prospective students can find education in Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Farmington, Las Cruces and more in community colleges to universities. Prospective students can find vocational programs to doctoral degrees and then find plenty of opportunity for employment in this state as well. The University of New Mexico, with campuses in Albuquerque and Gallup, provides all levels of nursing degrees, with focuses in over ten specialties such as acute care and midwifery. New Mexico State University offers both associate degrees and an MSN at their Carlsbad campus. Eastern New Mexico University in Portales offers a BSN, and they offer an associate degree at their Roswell campus. These examples are but the tip of the iceberg to opportunities for nursing education throughout New Mexico.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses are some of the highest nationwide, as they range between $17,000 and $95,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. One of the largest employers in New Mexico is Lovelace Sandia Medical Center in Albuquerque. Other larger employers include Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces and Presbyterian Healthcare in Albuquerque. Presbyterian is the state’s largest critical care hospital and also is New Mexico’s only private non-profit health care system. The New Mexico Heart Institute maintains a comprehensive statewide presence, with offices in Albuquerque, Farmington, Santa Fe, Espanola, Los Alamos and Roswell. Finally, the University of New Mexico Hospital provides a vast well of resources for patients throughout the state, and employment in this facility ranges from working with substance abuse to speech and language centers. These represent just a few of the many facilities that offer health care to this state’s residents.