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New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards

 Since 2005, the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence has had the honor of hosting the New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards. 

This annual gala recognizes excellence in nursing practice and honors nurses for the contributions they make to their organizations, communities and to our state. 

  Created by nurses for nurses, the Nursing Excellence Awards have honored over 2,300
New Mexico nurse nominees since we began. 

  Proceeds from the Nursing Excellence Awards supports the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence and its mission.


There are 3 types of awards:
  • Nursing Excellence Awards recognize excellence in practice and leadership in 20 specialty categories plus the Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award.

  • The Nursing Legend Award recognizes retired nurses who have made significant contributions to  the nursing profession. 

  • The "Touch a Life" Award celebrates the special bond between patient and nurse. This award was created to give patients, families, and communities an opportunity to recognize a nurse that has touched their lives in a meaningful way.


The image for the 2017 Awards is   

Visions of Empathy

by De Haven Solimon Chaffins   


Want to nominate a nurse?

 Nominations closed.  Congratulations to all our 2017 Nominees!


Awards Dinner

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Hyatt Regency Tamaya on the Santa Ana Pueblo

Our Silent Auction starts at 5:30 with dinner and awards following at 7:00.


Sandia Table:  $1,750  Table of 12 with premier location and wine with dinner

All other tables of 12: $1,200 

To purchase tables, we ask that you contact us at 505-889-4518 or


Individual: $100

To purchase up to 4 tickets, click here.
To purchase more than 4 tickets, or a table, please call us at 505-889-4518.


Tamaya Resort Reservations 

The Tamaya is offering a special rate of $169 (plus $12 resort fee and taxes) for attendees of event.
To go to direct link for making reservations, click here.  Or you may call them at 505-867-1234.
Reservations must be made by September 27th for this rate.

Other hotel options in vicinity

HILTON GARDEN INN, 1771 Rio Rancho Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho, 505-86-96-1111
ALBUQUERQUE MARRIOTT PYRAMID NORTH, 5151 San Francisco NE, Albuquerque, 505-821-3333
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, 119 Bell Lane, Bernalillo, 505-867-1600
DAYS INN, 107 N. Camino Del Pueblo Dr., Bernalillo, 505-771-7000 
SUPER 8, 265 East Hwy. 550, Bernalillo, 505-771-4700
MOTEL 6, 210 N. Hill Rd., Bernalillo, 505-771-9500



The New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards are presented by Lovelace Health System, with University of New Mexico Hospitals and Presbyterian Healthcare Services as major sponsors. The Awards have over 25 community sponsors. 

The Nursing Excellence Awards are presented by:


Our other major sponsors:



Our media sponsor is: 


Interested in sponsoring the Nursing Excellence Awards? 

Sponsor Opportunities

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Let us know if you have any problems or questions by
sending an EMAIL or giving our office a call at (505) 889-4518