February 8, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse, Public Affairs Representative,272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

College of Nursing’s Carolyn Montoya Receives 2006 American College of Nurse Practitioners Leadership Award

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN) faculty member Carolyn Montoya received the 2006 American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) Leadership Award for her significant contribution to the ACNP and her dedication to nurse practitioners at the local, state and national level.

At the state level, Montoya was the President of New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council in 1993. She was instrumental in the passing of the legislation that gave independence to practitioners and full prescriptive authority for nurse practitioners in New Mexico.

The ACNP’s mission is to ensure a solid policy and regulatory foundation that enables nurse practitioners to continue providing accessible, high quality healthcare. The ACNP also has the vision that nurse practitioners will be able to practice to their full capacity and will be vital and indispensable to quality healthcare.

Montoya has been a faculty member at the UNM CoN for the past 15 years and is currently the coordinator for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner concentration. Montoya served as president for the ACNP from 2001-02 and is the current President-Elect of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). She specializes in pediatrics and has a focus of interest in the area of childhood overweight.

For more information on the ACNP, visitwww.acnpweb.org.