NEWS RELEASE

August 13, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Patricia Payne, CNM, PhD, assistant professor at the Univer-sity of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN), recently received the 2007 Excel-lence in Teaching Award for the UNM CoN Nurse-Midwifery education program by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (A.C.N.M.) Foundation. Payne, who was nomi-nated by her midwifery students, received one of 21 awards given.

To honor the individuals who teach, mentor and act as role models for students, the A.C.N.M. Foundation recognizes one teacher from each ACNM preaccred-ited/accredited program every year. ACNM is the oldest women's health care organiza-tion in the U.S. and provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes clinical practice standards and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress.

Payne’s students say she is personally invested in their success and always makes herself available to them for guidance, advice and a kind ear to listen. In her teaching, she demonstrates the many ways midwifery is both a science and an art and is passionate about passing on her knowledge to the next generation of midwives.

Payne received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Baylor University’s School of Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Midwife Certificate from the University of California at San Francisco. Payne has been a faculty member at the UNM CoN since 2001 and has 12 years of collegiate teaching experience.