Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 -- The 25th Class of FEMAP School of Nursing conducted their graduation ceremony on June 20, 2014. The ceremony took place in Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua at the Centro de Convenciones CIBELES at 4 p.m., 58 students graduated and 75 students participated in the ceremony of the “Pass of the Light” and received their nurse caps symbolizing the accruing of knowledge and process needed to truly serve as a nurse as well as the nursing emblem pin signifying the student’s passage to clinical practice.
FEMAP’s School of Nursing was established 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. It is recognized for its excellence by CENEVAL (Centro Nacional de Evaluacion para la Educacion, National Center of Evaluation for Higher 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."
The School provides opportunities for the poorest people to study and become healthcare professionals. Graduates are guaranteed good paying jobs upon graduation while serving a desperately underserved region. In 2013, 527 students registered. The majority of those seeking a three-year nursing education at FEMAP seek scholarships for the modest tuition, currently $42.00 per month.