Monday, July 22nd, 2013 -- The 23rd Class of FEMAP School of Nursing conducted their graduation ceremony on June 14, 2013. The ceremony took place in Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua and 60 students graduated.
FEMAP’s School of Nursing was established on September 20, 1993 in response to a lack of nurses in the Municipality of Cd. Juarez. It began as a one-year general nursing assistant course offered to the unskilled women with few options for employment. Within months, the school received academic certification from the National Professional Technical Education Council (CONALEP).
On November 11, 1997, the FEMAP’s School of Nursing was recognized by the Universidad Autonoma de Cd. Juarez (Autonomous University of Cd. Juarez – UACJ) which led to a change in curriculum and an elevation of academic standards. By December 31, 2008, the school had graduated 14 general nursing classes and two classes of Nurse’s Aides.
The numbers of graduates have risen from 20 under the FEMAP/CONALEP system to 180 in 1997 under the FEMAP/UACJ system to 500 today. In short, the school has grown 25 times over its enrollment and is now the largest nursing school in the State of Chihuahua. It is recognized for its excellence by CENEVAL (Centro Nacional de Evaluacion para la Educacion, National Center of Evaluation for Higher Education).
FEMAP’s Hospital de la Familia, which the School of Nursing is attached to, has been approved as a teaching hospital for both nurses and physicians by the National Ministry of Health. The student corps ranges from younger students fresh out of high school to older women, many head of households, trying to better themselves economically through education. “FEMAP has committed its resources to education, helping address Cd Juarez’s greatest educational challenges and provide quality learning opportunities,” says Dr. Enrique Suarez, Executive Director for the FEMAP-SADEC programs in Cd. Juarez. "Nursing students from this region understand the health issues and concerns afflicting the bi-national border community."