Lizabeth L. Gober, pediatric hospice clinical supervisor at UNM Hospital (UNMH), is one of six regional winners selected to compete in the Nurse.com GEM national nurse of the year program. Gober was recognized in the Home, Community and Ambulatory Care category in the Mountain West region.

A certified neonatal nurse practitioner who also is certified in hospice and palliative care nursing, Gober is the UNMH nurse supervisor for the only pediatric hospice program in New Mexico. She and her team of seven multidisciplinary members have grown the program from a census of three to four per day to an average of 10-12 patients.

The UNMH pediatric hospice program has a 60-mile service radius, but since children from outlying regions may benefit from hospice, Gober trains and consults with nursing staff from other local agencies so children can receive care in their home community. She also instituted a program with a toll-free number for care providers who have questions regarding pediatric end-of-life issues and concerns.

Gober’s work in hospice was recognized on a state level when she was awarded the New Mexico Nurse Excellence Award for Home Care and Hospice in 2012-2013.