Education feature: CCC nursing enrollment reaches new high

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tearney O’Connor from Portales, a first semester nursing student at Clovis Community College, documents the result of a urinary catheterization procedure she performed in class. Benna Sayyed Joella Valdez developed an interest in a nursing career for several reasons. Playing nurse as a child with friends. In and out of […]

Nursing program receives state grant

Argen Duncan An Eastern New Mexico University program that allows working nurses to get their bachelor of science in nursing degree has received a state grant that will mostly go to scholarships. ENMU’s bachelor of science in nursing completion program received a $502,000 grant for the next two years. Executive Director of Planning and Analysis […]

ENMU nursing program gets rolling

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University Freshman 2 BSN student Evie Taylor and her 8-year-old son, Joshua, show off a squash growing in their garden. The experiences surrounding Joshua’s premature birth inspired Taylor to become a nurse, and she has started her first semester in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in […]

Portales nursing home gets top rating from agency

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Heartland Continuing Care has earned the highest rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. According to the Medicare website, the center has rated six nursing homes within a 50-mile radius of Portales, and Heartland is the only one with the five-star rating. Health inspections, quality measures and […]

CCC students get hands-on experience at senior residence center

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Clovis Community College nursing students Monica Rieff, left, and Diane Davis discuss resident care at Heartland Continuing Care Center Wednesday. In a long-standing partnership, Heartland and CCC work together to have nursing students work at the nursing home as part of their clinical rotations. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico […]

CCC, ENMU partner to improve nursing programs

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University are joining hands to deliver more and better trained nurses. Officials at both institutions and Plains Regional Medical Center say that’s important because Clovis and Portales — like much of the country — are always in need of nurses. All of […]

Education digest: CCC nursing program reaccredited

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College Nursing Program has earned reaccreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, according to a news release. The NLNAC board granted continuing accreditation to the program July 27 following a self-study report and extensive on-site review. The new NLNAC accreditation is for eight years.

Feds settle Clovis nursing home lawsuit

The Associated Press The owners of a now-defunct Clovis nursing home have agreed to pay more than $1.2 million to settle a false claims lawsuit. The U.S. Justice Department on Friday announced the settlement with Dr. Ali Ghaffari Sr., the medical director of the Buena Vista Retirement Center, and Linda Rose Ghaffari, the nursing home’s […]

Nov. 4 Business Digest

PRMC administrator receives nursing excellence award A clinical coordinator at Plains Regional Medical Center received an award Oct. 25 from the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence, according to a press release from PRMC.Kim Adams received the ambulatory nursing award, which is one of 24 awards given at the 2008 Nursing Excellence Awards in Albuquerque. […]

Mother, daughter duo gear up for fall semester

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Teresa Garcia looks for her books for class Monday at Clovis Community College’s bookstore. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer As Teresa Garcia walked down the aisles lined with books, she admitted she was nervous. Garcia had just attended the first day of class for the fall semester Monday at […]

Nursing shortage not felt locally

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MCT Illustration By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico health care officials said the region is not as impacted by a state-wide nursing shortage because of the availability of new nurses from local colleges. A University of New Mexico study revealed the state is about to lose 5,000 nurses it might not be […]

New Mexico First hosting nursing forum

CNJ staff New Mexico First will hold a forum to brainstorm for ideas on how to build a stronger nursing workforce from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 18 at the Clovis Civic Center The forum will address the nursing shortage in New Mexico, and ways to implement the recommendations made by the New Mexico […]

Education Feature: Proposed allied health center downsized

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A proposed allied health center at Clovis Community College has been downsized and construction delayed because of higher than expected bids, according to school officials. CCC Vice President for Administration David Pacheco said the college solicited bids for a 16,000-square-foot facility with a budget of about $4.2 million. Out […]

Education Feature: Former student returns to class

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maria Teresa Juarez was awarded a two-year scholarship at CCC. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Books brought Maria Teresa Juarez back to nursing school. The 31-year-old dropped out of college when she got pregnant with her first child. In the 10 years that followed she had two more children […]

Education Digest: Eastern receives nursing grant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The New Mexico Higher Education Department has awarded Eastern New Mexico University $239,000 for the 2007-08 fiscal year to expand its nursing program, according to an ENMU news release. ENMU nursing program director Leslie Paternoster said the grant will help Eastern address a critical nursing shortage. “We are going […]

Aug. 9, 2007 Education Digest

CHS student orientation Tuesday Orientation for sophomores and new students at Clovis High School will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the CHS Lecture Hall, according to a news release. A campus tour will follow from 9:45 -10:20 a.m., with an abbreviated class schedule through 11:40 a.m. A complimentary lunch will be provided for participants. […]

Business Digest: Ground broken for cancer center

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A $90 million cancer treatment center at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque is expected to open in early 2009, according to a UNM news release. The 190,000-square-foot University of New Mexico Cancer Treatment and Clinical Research Facility will provide comprehensive cancer care and access to world-class diagnosis […]

Education digest: Archaeologist plans lecture

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer New Mexico State University archaeologist Glenna Dean will give a lecture, “In Search of Anasazi Life: Fermentation in New Mexico Prehistory,” at the Cynthia Irwin-Williams Lecture at 7 p.m. today at Eastern New Mexico University, according to an ENMU press release. The lecture will be in Room 112 of […]

Spreading the warmth

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Mary Esther Marin, top right, talks with fellow quilters at Laurel Ridge Heathcare. (Courtesy photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer On a summer day earlier this year, Mary Esther Marin paid a visit to a good friend in a local nursing home who was recovering from a broken hip. Marin said her friend requested […]

Snapshot: Voters will decide funding for CCC allied health center

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer What: General Obligation Bond Proposition B in the November General Election Overview: Approximately $118 million for higher education in New Mexico hinges on voter approval of Proposition B. If the proposition passes, two regional institutions of higher learning will benefit. Eastern New Mexico University seeks $4.5 million to renovate […]