Anyone interested in moving to New Mexico?

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by TX RN TX RN Member

Specializes in ICU, CV-Thoracic Sx, Internal Medicine. Has 11 years experience.

lhflanurseNP

lhflanurseNP, APRN

Specializes in Adult Nurse Practitioner. Has 40 years experience. 737 Posts

Here's hoping other states will follow!!!!!

Riburn3, BSN, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Internal Medicine. Has 15 years experience. 3 Articles; 551 Posts

I graduated from New Mexico State with my BSN (live in Texas now), and New Mexico is a great state to be an NP. There is virtually no difference between an NP and a primary care physician, and you can practice 100% independently. Prescriptively, NP's in New Mexico can prescribe schedule II controlled substances, and also certify a patient for Medical Cannabis. Although I don't see myself going back, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Ruidoso, and Las Cruces are all great places to live, where you can practice the way you want to practice.

Susana Martinez is playing this very well, but it's only a matter of time before NP's everywhere get more autonomy. Primary care physicians are already unicorns. With the market about to be saturated, states are going to have to allow NP's to step up and fill that role or suffer a worse bottleneck than already exists.

VTach2013

VTach2013

65 Posts

Nice! Florida needs to follow soon! Florida is by far one of the most restrictive states for NP's ?

zenman

2 Articles; 2,806 Posts

I really liked NM and may go back when this job plays out. Any state BON that calls you to tell you your NP license is ready after 3 days has to have something going for them.

juan de la cruz, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in APRN, Adult Critical Care, General Cardiology. Has 30 years experience. 9 Articles; 4,338 Posts

On the Acute Care front, looks like UNM Hospitals do hire NP's in the in-patient setting even in the ICU's (they call them In-patient Midlevels though, ouch!). UNM has an Acute Care NP program. NM is one of the states I considered moving to 5 years ago

nursetim

nursetim, NP

Specializes in ER, HH, CTICU, corrections, cardiology, hospice. Has 20 years experience. 493 Posts

Be prepared for solo practice. The people that I worked with, with a few exceptions, worked harder to avoid work that they have if they actually worked.

It is a third world country according to my Thai wife, a third world country native herself.

I ain't going back no way no how. I stand with a sign on the freeway off ramp with a sign "will DRE for food." Before I go back there.

VTach2013

VTach2013

65 Posts

@nursetim it cant be that bad!

zenman

2 Articles; 2,806 Posts

Be prepared for solo practice. The people that I worked with, with a few exceptions, worked harder to avoid work that they have if they actually worked.

It is a third world country according to my Thai wife, a third world country native herself.

I ain't going back no way no how. I stand with a sign on the freeway off ramp with a sign "will DRE for food." Before I go back there.

Having lived in both NM and Thailand...what the heck are you talking about?

zmansc, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency. 867 Posts

Wow, nursetim has obviously had some bad experiences in NM. That is too bad. I have had excellent experiences here and never seen the issues he brings up, but at this point I'm still an RN and a NP student. We have a small but very friendly provider community in my town. For the most part all of the providers irregardless of how they got there work very well together.

zenman

2 Articles; 2,806 Posts

One thing that was noticeable to me when I first went to NM was how friendly everyone was.

TX RN

TX RN

Specializes in ICU, CV-Thoracic Sx, Internal Medicine. Has 11 years experience. 255 Posts

I'm not familiar with the state. I may just have to vacation there with the family. It will give me an opportunity to get a feel for the area.Anyone familiar with the state have recommendations?