Ed Williams

New Mexico has a nursing problem. In recent years some hospitals have had to close beds because there weren’t enough nurses to staff them. And as more people enroll in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the need for nurses is growing even faster.

Andrea Martinez, Stephanie Chaves and Colleen Whitsell are some of the first New Mexico students to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing, through a community college instead of at a four-year university.

UPDATE Feb. 19 11:07 a.m.: The dental therapists bill and medical malpractice act and the NMSU mental health nursing program, are stuck in committee.