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 […]