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Advancing the Nursing Community
in New Mexico

Celebrating a Dozen Years in 2015!

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.

2015 NM Statewide Nursing Educators Conference

Academic and Employer Partners:
Transitioning Student Nurses to Clinical Practice

Click here to download presentations.


NM Nursing Excellence Awards - Nomination process open! 

Deadline for submissions of nominations is Friday, August 7th!

Click on the Nursing Excellence Awards tab above for any and all information 
you will need not only about the nomination process but the event itself on
Saturday, November 7th at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya!

Lessons in Leaderhsip:The Betty Irene Moore Speaker Series

We are proud to be connected with this series featuring nationally-recognized nurse leaders whose leadership spans nursing, health care, government and other sectors. The collection includes 12 individual videos, each focused on one leader, plus a compilation video highlighting all 12. In each, leaders reflect on the lessons learned and strategies that shaped their successes and leadership roles. The leaders include numerous recipients of “Living Legend” awards; faculty members from top universities; CEOs, executive directors and board members of the nation’s leading health care organizations; and prominent policy advisors.

We are pleased to annunce that we have received a grant from the Moore Foundation to bring in one of these nurse leasers next spring.  Watch this space for updates!


2015 Nightingale Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the 2015 Nightingale Scholarship recipients:

  • Jocelyn Davis, Farmington, San Juan College (ADN)
  • Lyric Hammonds, Albuquerque, Central New Mexico Community College (ADN)
  • Creighton Burson, Gallup, UNM College of Nursing (BSN)
  • Marie Sanchez, Albuquerque, UNM College of Nursing (BSN)
  • Weihong Miao, Albuquerque, UNM College of Nursing (RN-to-NSN)
  • Amy Gundelach, Albuquerque, Loyola University-Chicago (MSN)

See the list and photos of the winners receiving their scholarship checks! 

We wish to acknowledge the support of the NM Board of Nursing in funding this year’s scholarships through a grant from the Nurse Excellence Fund.


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.


Why the Future of Nursing matters to all nurses

Read this American Journal of Nursing editorial and more by clicking on the NM Action Coalition menu tab above.


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

Here are some of the things we presented in 2014:

  • The awarding of 6 Nightingale Scholarships to nursing students throughout NM
  • Dr. Barbara Damron told us What Every Nurse Needs to Know about Health Care Reform
  • Hosted facilitated discussions around the role of nursing in the health of New Mexicans, resulting in a robust report
  • A well received full-day Nursing Leadership Bootcamp
  • Our 6th annual 2-day Nursing Educators Conference: Become a NMNEC Superuser
  • The 10th annual New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards
  • Dr. Kenya Beard & Joy Jacobson led a full-day workshop: Narratives of Diversity: Creating Inclusive Environments

...and in 2015

  • Dr. Peter Buerhaus talked to us about  The Future of the Nursing Workforce in the Era of Health Care Reform
  • In June, we host our 7th annual Nursing Educators Conference, Academic and Employer Partners: Transitioning Student Nurses to Clinical Practice.
  • In September, we are hosting a discussion on population health - look for further info!

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From "Nurses Rock"

"You're a nurse?" that's cool, I wanted to do that when I was a kid. How much do you make?"

The nurse replied: "HOW MUCH DO I MAKE?" ... I can make holding your hand seem like the most important thing in the world when you're scared... I can make your child breathe when they stop...I can help your father survive a heart attack...I can make myself get up at 5AM to make sure your mother has the medicine she needs to live...I work all day to save the lives of strangers...I make my family wait for dinner until I know your family member is taken care of...I make myself skip lunch so that I can make sure that everything I did for your wife today is charted...I make myself work weekends and holidays because people don't just get sick Monday - Friday. Today, I might save your life. How much do I make? All I know is, I make a difference.

Read 10 of the most inspiring quotes about nursing.

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 nearly 5 years since the landmark IOM report on nursing:

The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health 

See what progress has been made on the IOM recommendations!

Check out the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action's top accomplishments for 2014.

 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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Save the date for the 2015
Nursing Excellence Awards -Saturday,November 7!

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

  Daniels Family Funeral Svcs.

  Hospital Physician Partners

  Standard Register


  Memorial Medical Center


  Artesia General Hospital

  Basin Home Health & Hospice

  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

  UNM Dept. of anesthesiology

  Sheena Ferguson, MSN, RN

  Dr. Jose Martinez

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for a full list
of our sponsors!