Nancy A. Morton, MS, RN, CCRN, has been honored by the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence for her work as a faculty member in the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. Morton received the Excellence in Education/Research/Academia Award at the 2013 New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards earlier this month at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort. Morton was one of eight UNM nurses honored at the event.
A nurse for 36 years, Morton is the director of the undergraduate program at the UNM College of Nursing. She has worked “tirelessly for the last 19 years preparing students to enter the nursing workforce in New Mexico,” according to Teresa Keller, who nominated Morton for the award.
Morton is credited with contributing to the development and successful adoption of the New Mexico Nursing Education Curriculum (NMNEC), which created a common curriculum suitable for schools offering associate and bachelor degrees in nursing. The curriculum also satisfies Board of Nursing requirements and national nursing accreditation organizations.
Morton utilizes concept-based teaching strategies, developing coursework that is both current and relevant to the realities of nursing practice now and in the future. Through her work with the NMNEC she is “absolutely ensuring that New Mexico nursing students will have access to an accessible, innovative and state-of-the-art nursing education,” Keller explained.
Throughout her academic career, Morton has received numerous awards including Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009. She received the UNM Dean’s Faculty Award in 2002 and Innovative Teaching Awards in 2001, 2002 and 2007.
A total of 170 nominations were submitted for 29 awards at this year’s Nursing Excellence Awards. Other UNM nurses honored include:
Excellence in Advanced Practice – Yolanda M. Morales, advanced practice nurse provider, University of New Mexico Hospitals Psychiatric Urgent Care Clinic, Albuquerque
Excellence in Community Service – Gloria S. Doherty, ACNP/executive director of inpatient providers, University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque
Excellence in Home Health/Hospice Nursing – Cynthia I. Baber, pediatric hospice nurse case manager, University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque
Excellence in Maternal-Child/Women’s Health – Savannah Apodaca, inpatient staff nurse III, University of New Mexico Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Albuquerque
Excellence in Medical/Surgical – Debbie Martinez, inpatient nurse supervisor, University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque
Excellence in Perioperative Nursing – Christina K. Anderson Sanchez, supervisor, University of New Mexico Hospital Outpatient Surgery & Imaging Services, Albuquerque
Touch a Life Award – Victoria Ross, staff nurse, University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque