Four nurses from the New Mexico Department of Health were among the nominees for the 2014 New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards held Oct. 11 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort in Albuquerque, according to a news release. The departments nominees were:
Elizabeth Kuchler, FNP, RN, APRN-BC, advanced practice category, Southwest Region. Kuchler provides hepatitis C treatment to patients with Project ECHO, primary care to homeless children at the Jardin de los Niños day care center, womens health services at the Doña Ana County Detention Center and reproductive health services at the Preventive Medicine Clinic in the Las Cruces Central Public Health Office.
Kristine Tenorio, RN, public health nursing category, Northwest Region. Tenorio is the director of nursing for the regions metro area. This includes nine direct care clinics and accompanying staff.
Rebecca Trujillo, MSN, RN, public health nursing category, Southeast Region. Trujillo, a health department employee since 2000, serves as the regions school health advocate, providing technical assistance and medical oversight to school nurses in 30 school districts in nine counties.
Terry Waters, BSN, RN, public health nursing category, Northeast Region. Serving as nurse supervisor for the Rio Arriba Public Health Office, Waters is called upon to mentor and train new public health nurses. While working full time, Waters pursued her BSN in 2013 from Northern New Mexico College and is working on her MSN.