College of Nursing Names 2009 Distinguished Alumni

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –The University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN) recently presented Patricia Boyle, MSN, RN, with the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Boyle is currently the executive director of the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence (NMCNE); a non-profit organization dedicated to nursing education, nursing practice, and maintaining a strong nursing workforce in New Mexico.

Boyle received her MSN from the UNM CoN in 1991. She has dedicated 30 years of her professional life to nursing and healthcare in the areas of executive leadership, policy, and nursing staff development and education.

As the NMCNE executive director since 2004, Boyle has guided the organization to a status of high recognition with a significant infrastructure. She created the Clinical Teaching Institute to support practicing nurses with education and mentorship, and also has directed a statewide recognition award program honoring nurses around the state at all levels from students to retirees.

At the state level, Boyle has helped bring attention to nursing issues by forming the Nursing Council of New Mexico, a group focused on turning recommendations into action for nursing education, practice, recruitment and retention. She also continues to collaborate with other nursing professional organizations to build a strategic vision and plan for nursing across the state.

Boyle has provided service to the UNM CoN, promoting the Career Seminar in Nursing on the UNM main campus as a guest faculty member. She also has acted as a volunteer for the CoN Leadership Strategies class, speaking with students about professional culture and the importance of nursing organizations.

Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322

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