NEWS RELEASE

October 21, 2008

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - UNM Hospitals (UNMH) has announced that 34 UNMH nurses have been nominated by patients, co-workers and supervisors to be considered for a 2008 New Mexico Nursing Excellence Award.

The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence presents the awards annually to nurses throughout the state. For its fourth year, the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence will present awards in 21 Nursing Excellence categories. The center will also recognize retired nurses with the Nursing Legend award and will have patient and family recognitions with the Touch of Life award.

Last year, UNMH nurses were award recipients in nine categories. This year’s UNMH employees are nominated in the following categories: Ambulatory Nursing, Education, Behavioral Health, Pediatrics, Critical Care, Informatics, Management, Advanced Practice, Nursing Research, Nursing Executive Leadership, Care/Quality Management, General Medical/Surgical, Charge Nurse, and Perioperative, with Nightengale Award and Touch of Life nominations as well.

UNM Hospitals is honoring its nominees with a reception tea on Thursday, Oct. 23 at the Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion. Award winners will be announced during the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence banquet on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa.