The Miami Herald / Associated Press, November 14, 2013
Gov. Susana Martinez proposed Wednesday that New Mexico launch an advertising campaign to aggressively recruit nursing professionals from other states to help deal with a shortage of primary care providers. The governor plans to ask the Legislature to provide $220,000 next year for marketing directed at nurse practitioners to sell them on the advantages of New Mexico, which allows them more independence in providing medical care than many other states, including Texas. Nurse practitioners can operate their own clinics, don't have to work under the supervision of a physician, and have the authority to prescribe medications and refer patients to specialists.