November 7, 2006

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Albuquerque, UNM-This past October, University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN) student Lisa Feely was honored with the 2006 Nursing Excellence Award for Outstanding Student by the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence.

Feely received the award for demonstrating excellence in nursing practice, professionalism and leadership.

As the current president of the UNM CoN Student Nurses' Association (SNA), Feely has helped the SNA increase its services to UNM nursing students. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, and is a volunteer for several community groups.

Feely is on the Dean's List and will graduate when she completes her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) this December.

In addition to Feely's honor, CoN retired faculty member Laura Martinez, PhD, MSN, RN, was recognized with the Legends of Nursing Award. Martinez was among five retired nurses to receive the honor. She was the first Hispanic nurse to earn a PhD from UNM in 1985 and served on the university's faculty until 1999.

The CoN also had a visiting clinical instructor Louise Kahn, RN, MSN, PNP, nominated for the Nursing Excellence Awards as well as student Olowan Tenoso.

The New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding nurses in 22 professional categories. More than 255 nominations around the state were submitted for the awards. A total of 26 nurses were recognized.

The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the nursing resources necessary to meet the health care needs of the people of New Mexico. For more information about the organization and its work, visitwww.nmnursingexcellence.org