N.M. Governor seeks money to recruit more nurses

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez proposes that New Mexico more aggressively recruit nurses from other states to help address a shortage of health care professionals.

The governor announced Wednesday she'll seek $220,000 from lawmakers next year for marketing to try to bring more nurse practitioners to New Mexico, where their scope of practice is broader than in some neighboring states.

Martinez also proposes to streamline the licensing system for nurses who move to New Mexico from states such as California and Oklahoma that aren't part of a compact allowing multistate licensure for nurses.

The governor has recently outlined several initiatives to help increase the number of health care professionals in the state, where all but one of the 33 counties are considered health professional shortage areas by the federal government.

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