We are delighted to announce the 2024 Nursing Excellence Awards, Saturday, April 12, 2025, a prestigious opportunity to honor the outstanding contributions of nurses in our community. These awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication, innovation, and compassion in their practice.
Nominations will open in September and close in November, giving you ample time to put forward the deserving candidates in various categories. To assist you in crafting a compelling nomination, please refer to our Tips for a Successful Nomination.
Join us in celebrating the remarkable achievements and unwavering commitment of our nursing professionals. Let's recognize those who go above and beyond to make a difference every day.

Award Categories

  • 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. This community award has no nomination fee.

  • Distinguished Nurse of the Year award goes to a nurse who, over the past 15 years, has been an exemplar through innovative leadership, fostering involvement in the nursing profession, or forming and engaging partnerships within the community.

  • Excellence in Nursing Practice Award recognizes excellence in practice and leadership in multiple specialty categories.
  • Leadership in Nursing Awards recognize exemplary leadership skills amongst both emerging and longstanding leaders in nursing.

  • Nightingale Award exemplifies outstanding and caring leadership and professionalism as a beginning practitioner in the first 18 months as a Registered Nurse.

  • Community Service Award recognizes nurses who takes a leadership role in community organization and has made significant professional or voluntary contributions that have improved the profession or patient care in New Mexico.

  • Education/Research/Academia Award recognize academic faculty, continuing education, staff development; focus on non-clinical/clinical settings, research.

  • Rural Practice Award recognizes nurses who practices in small communities and rural health systems (county population of 100,000 or less per US Census Bureau 2020 census estimates (counties other than Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Sandoval, San Juan or Santa Fe), where access to care and resources provide unique challenges. Practice may be in rural hospitals, public health, or ambulatory care settings.

The Selection Process

The selection of the New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards honorees is accomplished through a blind review of nominations, each judged by 2 or more reviewers. All essays are blinded and each criterion is rated on a scale. An average score is reached for each nominee. The top scoring nominee is selected as the award recipient in that category. In the event of a tie, an additional reviewer scores the nomination and it may then go to the NMCNE Executive Committee for final selection.

The identity of honorees is not known to the Awards Selection Committee or to any of the individual nomination reviewers until officially announced during the Awards Celebration on April 6, 2024. The Awards Selection Committee reserves the right to transfer a nomination to a different category if it is decided that category would be more appropriate given the information submitted about the nominee.

Nursing Legends Awards

The New Mexico Nursing Legends Awards are presented to retired nurses whose career has significantly enhanced the nursing profession in New Mexico. Legend Award winners are selected by the Nursing Excellence Awards Planning Committee through a separate application process. They are notified directly by the NM Center of Nursing Excellence of their successful nomination and invited to attend the gala event. 

Contact us at [email protected] if you think you know a Nursing Legend.

Additional Help

We are always happy to help! Please contact us at [email protected] or (505) 565-5811

Read through the FAQ for more detail about the awards program by going to www.nmnursingexcellence.org/nursing-excellence-awards-faq

New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards History

Since 2005, the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence has had the honor of hosting the New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards. This annual awards ceremony 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 3,300 New Mexico nurse nominees since we began. 

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

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