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Rural Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwifery Residency Program

Presbyterian partnered with The University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center College of Nursing to provide a one-year Rural Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwifery Residency Program.


This residency is designed for newly graduated nurse practitioners interested in starting their professional career in a rural setting with a focus on:

  • Working in clinics that serve high proportions of patients who are low-income, minority, low health literacy, and have multiple, complex health issues
  • Opioid and other substance use disorders
  • Enhancing patient experiences and outcomes in New Mexico
  • Clinical skill development with an array of brain-based learning experiences, such as simulation and hands-on learning


The program has specialized curriculum designed by the UNM College of Nursing for rural practice, including:

  • Community resource management
  • Remote consultation and collaboration through Project ECHO
  • Complex health management
  • Population health focus for adverse social determinant management emphasis on substance abuse disorder and mental and behavioral health management
  • Spanish for healthcare
  • Clinical time in rural care areas throughout New Mexico

Eligibility and Acceptance

Residents must have graduated from an accredited advanced practice program within 18 months prior to residency and achieve certification prior to the program's start date.

Upon acceptance to the program, residents will be hired as fulltime staff "in training" with full benefits. Residents who successfully complete the program's objectives will be interviewed for permanent full-time staff positions at Presbyterian's rural locations.

For questions, please contact Kelly Herrera at (505) 923-5662.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $3,200,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.