The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence is hosting our
Annual Nurse Educators Conference
Date: Thursday, June 8th and Friday, June 9th
Location: CNM Workforce Training Center 
5600 Eagle Rock Ave NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113 
Map and directions
This conference is approved for 13.25 Continuing Education Credits
This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the
New Mexico Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the
American Nurses Credential Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Cost for the two-day conference is $225
Deadline to register is June 5
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Two-Day Conference Schedule

Thursday, June 8th, 2023

  • 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM | Registration and Continental Breakfast

  • 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Welcome remarks and orientation to the day, Meggin Lorino Executive Director, NM Center for Nursing Excellence

  • 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM | Keynote: The Future of Nursing 2020-2030, Speaker: Winifred V. Quinn, PhD, FAANP(H), FAAN

  • 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM | New Mexico's Nursing Shortage, Speakers: Winifred V. Quinn, PhD, FAANP(H), FAAN; Jerry Harrison, PhD; Patricia Maule, MSN, RN-BC

  • 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM | Break

  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | The Emerging Nurse Educator Leader, Speakers Teresa León, PhD, RN, ACNS; Cynthia Nuttall, PhD, RN, NE-BC; Veronica (Ronnie) O'Halloran, MSN, RNC CNE; Natasha Trujillo, RN, MSN

  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch Served (Included with registration)

  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Next Generation NCLEX: We Have Liftoff, Speaker: Jason A. Schwartz, MS

  • 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Break

  • 2:45 PM - 4:15 PM | ACEs Prevention: How We End the Trauma Impacting Children, Students, Families & Communities, Speaker: Dominic Capello

  • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM | NMNEC Update, Speaker: Diane Evans-Prior, DNP, RN

  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Networking Reception on the Patio (Conference Attendees)Courtyard by Marriott Albuquerque, 5151 Journal Center Boulevard, Albuquerque 87109 

Friday, June 9th, 2023

  • 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM | Continental Breakfast

  • 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Welcome remarks and orientation to the day, Meggin Lorino Executive Director, NM Center for Nursing Excellence

  • 8:15 AM - 9:45 AM | Helping Students Improve Soft Skills Through Appreciative Inquiry, Speakers: Diane Evans-Prior, DNP, RN; Diane Wesner, MSN, RN

  • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM | Advocacy for Nursing Education, Speaker: Pamela Blackwell, JD

  • 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM | Break

  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Workplace Violence in Healthcare, Speakers Dennis Tafoya, BS Justice Administration; Jess Lewis, AAS Fire Science, NMCEM

  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch Served (Included with registration)

  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM | Nursing in Today's Legal Environment, Speakers: Ryan T. Sanders, Butt Thornton & Baehr PC; Joseph Martinez, Deputy Director, Office of the Attorney General; Michelle Varela, Nurse Investigator Office of the Attorney General; Sheena Ferguson, DNP, RN, ANA-I, Executive Director, NMBON

  • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | The Future of Nursing Education, Speakers Sara Daykin, DNP, RN, CPEN, TCRN, Stacey Hopkins, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, NEA-BC Grace Sun DNP, APRN, FNP-BC; Lyz Carreazo Rivera, MSN-Ed, RN, NPD-BC

  • 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM | Evaluation Time


Refund Policy: No refunds or credits for registration fees will be issued after the June 5th deadline. For questions or to cancel a registration, please contact [email protected].


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 Is Your Organization Interested In Becoming a Sponsor?

There are many ways to support NMCNE at the Nurse Educators Conference


Contact Nina Simbaña at [email protected] if you would like to learn more about becoming a sponsor

 Hotel Accommodations
Courtyard by Marriott Albuquerque
5151 Journal Center Boulevard
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109

Last Day to Book Extended: May 26, 2023


More hotels in the area:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites: Albuquerque-N. Balloon Fiesta Park

Staybridge Suites Albuquerque North, an IHG Hotel

Comfort Inn & Suite Alameda at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park

Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North

Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque/Journal Center

Comfort Suites North Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park

 Have Questions? Can't Find What You're looking for?

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