PRESS RELEASE -- For Immediate Release

Contact: Lyn Kehoe

Phone: 505-272-9823

Email:lkehoe@salud.unm.edu

On Friday, June 8, Sheena Ferguson, Executive Director for Clinical Education and Research at UNM Hospitals was awarded the Marjorie Jaretta Faust Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership. The award was presented by the NM Organization of Nurse Executives at their Annual Conference.

This prestigious award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of exceptional examples of professionalism and his/her commitment and dedication to providing and promoting nursing leadership.

Excerpts from UNM Hospitals Chief Nursing Officer Judy Spinella’s nomination state:

Sheena Ferguson is a STAR in her pursuit for improvement of patient care through development and implementation of clinical education programs at UNM Hospitals, as well as in our community and state.

As Executive Director for Clinical Education and Research, Sheena coordinates the annual clinical placement at UNM Hospitals for over 800 nursing students, as well as paramedic, Air Force para-jumper, and respiratory therapy students from around the state.

Sheena is a Clinical Nurse Specialist, a member of the American LungAssociation, Sigma Theta Tau,

the Western Institute of Nursing, and more recently NMONE. She is a published author of several abstracts.

Sheena is a very enthusiastic public educator/speaker, who goes the extra mile to ensure that everyone feels appreciated. She is always focused on mixing fun into the educational experience as head of the conga line at supervisor/management retreats, and as the wearer of very special holiday headwear. Sheena is a dynamic nursing leader who exemplifies excellence and is incredibly deserving of this award.

The NMONE Marjorie Jaretta Faust Award brings annual recognition to an individual who:

• demonstrates the best of NMONE in nursing leadership practice for operational achievements in innovative programs and projects within communities, healthcare systems, or individual departments.

• has demonstrated leadership in areas of healthcare policy and/or legislative advocacy, particularly in the area of improved clinical practice in support of patient care needs.

• is interested in professional growth by pursuing concentrated studies in an area of healthcare that enhances knowledge and makes a difference to nursing leadership practice.

• has demonstrated achievement towards the development of a culturally competent healthcare environment with a mindfulness for diversity as a leadership imperative.