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Advancing the Nursing Community
in New Mexico

Celebrating our "lucky 13" in 2016!

Our Mission:

The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence convenes and facilitates dialogue and action that results in excellence in nursing education, practice and work environment.

We are pleased to introduce our new Executive Director!

Join us in welcoming our new Executive Director, Joseph P. Sánchez, PhD, MBA.

As our new leader, Joseph brings a wealth of talent and experience with the nursing profession to help move the Center forward in its mission.

2016 Nursing Excellence Awards

This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 29 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa.

It's Nurses Week and time to ask you to think about nominating those special nurses in your lives for a 2016 Nursing Excellence Award.

You can get all the information on the event and on the nomination process just by clicking on the Nursing Excellence Awards tab on the menu bar above.

Join us June 13-14 for this year's Nursing Educators Conference

"Creating a Culture of Civility in Healthcare from the Classroom to the Workplace"

Join us for our 8th annual conference as we explore best practices in bringing civility to all aspects of nursing from students and faculty in the academic setting to nurses in practice at all levels.

Click on the conference on our calendar of events at left for more information
or register now!

You may also be interested in attending the First Annual UNM Simulation Conference on the weekend before, June 11-12.  For more information and to register.

2016 Nightingale Scholarships

Please join us in congratulating the 15 recipients of this year's Nightingale Scholarships!

Here's the list of names and here are some of those smiling faces!

We wish to thank the New Mexico Board of Nursing for a Nurse Excellence Fund grant for these scholarships.

NMCNE / NMAC / NMNEC - How are we all connected?

NMCNE (NM Center for Nursing Excellence)NMAC (NM Action Coalition)NMNEC (NM Nursing Education Consortium)
Hope this matrix helps you see the relationship between all these "NM" nursing organizations.

Want to know what’s going on with the Center?

Here are some of the things we did in 2015:

  • The awarding of 6 Nightingale Scholarships to nursing students throughout NM
  • Dr. Peter Buerhaus talked to us about  The Future of the Nursing Workforce in the Era of Health Care Reform
  • In June, we hosted our 7th (!) annual Nursing Educators Conference, Academic and Employer Partners: Transitioning Student Nurses to Clinical Practice.
  • In September, we welcomed Dr. Julie Willems Van Dijk presenting Population Health: A Nursing Call to Action. Over 80 attendees heard how we can all do our part in helping to move toward a more health New Mexico.
  • And on November 7th we hosted the 11th annual New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards.

Get on our mailing list so you get up-to-date information on upcoming offerings for 2016!

Do you know about NMNEC? Well, you should!

Find out how the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium is working toward a common core curriculum for nursing education in our state.  Check them out!

 Check out our Resources tab for many nurse data reports - and so much more!

 It's been 5 years since the landmark IOM report on nursing:

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

See the new report showing how we're progressing on their recommendations.

 Online Courses Available!

Continuing education courses from Pearl's Review &CE Direct.



Need a unique gift for that special nurse in your life? 

Honor them with a donation to the Center in their name!

 Help us continue our mission and make sure there will always be nurses available to serve the people of New Mexico.

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Please note the change of date for the 2016
Nursing Excellence Awards -Saturday,October 29!

We want to thank the many sponsors
who help bring you the
Nursing Excellence Awards!

We couldn't do it without their generous support.










  Bank of Albuquerque

  CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional   Medical Center

  Hospital Physician Partners

  Sigma Theta Tau - Gamma Sigma



  Memorial Medical Center

  United HealthCare    Community Plan



  Artesia General Hospital

  Breckinridge School of Nursing

  French Funerals-Cremations

  Genesis HealthCare

  Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center

  Grand Canyon University

  Los Alamos Medical Center

  NM Emergency Nurses Assoc.

  NM Organization of Nurse Leaders

  San Juan Regional Medical Center

  Sandoval Regional Medical Center

  Sheena Ferguson, MSN, RN

  Dr. Jose Martinez

  Click Here

for a full list
of our sponsors!