National Nursing Conference Raises $2,800 for Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless

Nurse practitioners attending a national symposium in Albuquerque last year raised $2,800 for Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.

Ken Miller and Carolyn Montoya, faculty in the UNM College of Nursing and officers with the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), presented a check to Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless staff today.

Money was raised from a raffle held during ACNP's national clinical symposium last October. More than 1,000 nurse practitioners from around the country gathered in Albuquerque to discuss such topics as the need for nurse practitioners to fill the void left by the physician shortage and legislation that influences their ability to practice.

Miller, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, is associate dean for Research & Clinical Scholarship in the UNM College of Nursing and treasurer for the ACNP. Montoya, MSN, PNP, is
coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration
in the College of Nursing and ACNP past president.

"ACNP members advocate for nurse practitioners, but we also advocate for patients," said Montoya. "Raising money for organizations like Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless is one of the things we do that meets that goal."

Montoya added that Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless was chosen as the beneficiary not only for the services they provide to homeless people, but also because of their support of nurse practitioners. The organization hires nurse practitioners and also serves as a site for students' community-based learning experiences, Montoya said.

Sig Olson, executive director of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, said the money will be "gratefully used for pharmacy and lab work, so important in diagnosing and treating our clients."

Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless provides caring and comprehensive health and supportive services, linking people experiencing homelessness to individual and collective solutions, and also is a leader in creating service delivery models and solutions to homelessness.

The UNM College of Nursing provides nursing education, research, service, and leadership in nursing for the state and nation. With baccalaureate and master's level education and web-based programs in such areas as acute care, midwifery and community health, the college focuses on asking and answering the most difficult questions about nursing care and how nurses can design and manage health care delivery to meets the needs of the state.  For more information about the UNM College of Nursing, visit

Contact: Lynn Melton, 272-3322

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