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Nomination Information

The nomination period for the 2019 NEA has closed

Nomination Fee

The fee for each nomination is $75 for each award, with the exception of the Legends award nominations. 

A very limited number of waivers are available for individuals needing assistance with fee when making a nomination in the "Touch a Life" category.  If you would like assistance with this fee, please include a written request with your completed nomination form for waiver consideration.


Nominee Criteria

Candidate must have been a resident of New Mexico for a minimum of one year to qualify as a nominee.  Posthumous nominations are not accepted. Each nomination category has a unique set of criteria which are detailed on nomination forms.

Click here to view nomination categories and download nomination forms.

Consideration will be given, on a case-by-case basis, to a nurse who is not a NM resident if that nurse is primarily employed in New Mexico. Contact NMCNE with questions.


Deadline & Submission

The deadline to nominate a nurse is Friday, August 16, 2019. Please submit all nominations either by mail or email.

Mail: Completed nomination forms, along with the $75 nomination fee, can be mailed to the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence at P.O. Box 364, Albuquerque, NM 87103. Please make checks payable to the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence.  


Email: Completed nominations can be emailed to the New Mexico Center for nursing Excellence at Please let us know if you would like to pay the nomination fee online or if you will send a check to P.O. Box 364, Albuquerque, NM 87103.


Selection Process

The New Mexico Nursing Excellence Award Selection Committee is comprised of nurses from around the state.  In addition to these committee members, award nominees from the previous year are invited to join the selection committee. The entire selection process is done by code and the names of the nominees are not known until after the selections are completed. Honorees are not announced (even within the NEA Planning Committee) until the night of the Nursing Excellence Awards dinner. This is our process:

  • Anyone can nominate a nurse (colleague, supervisor, patient, family member); the criteria are tailored to type of award based on feedback/recommendations of nurses.
  • Nominees are validated against the NM Board of Nursing to ensure they are nurses in good standing.
  • Nominations are blinded as to nominee, nominator and organization, then given a unique code by which they are identified throughout selection process.
  • Selection committee members do not evaluate nominees on their own specialty.  A minimum of three (3) reviewers score each award category.
  • Nominations are scored against four (4) weighted criteria.
  • The nominee with the highest score in the category is the award winner in that category. If the top two (2) scores are within .5 points, another independent reviewer scores the two (2) nominations to determine winner.
  • The winners are only then identified by name and organization.


Contact Information

If you have questions about categories or the nomination process, please feel free to contact the NM Center for Nursing Excellence at