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Department of Health Nurses Nominated for Prestigious State Award

October 16, 2014 - Public Health - Information

Public Health Division Chief Nursing Officer Amy Wilson (center) pictured Saturday at the 2014 New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards are (left to right) Kristine Tenorio from Albuquerque, Becky Trujillo from Roswell, Elizabeth Kuchler from Las Cruces and Terry Waters from Espanola.  (Photo Courtesy: New Mexico Department of Health)

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) congratulates four nurses among the nominees for the 2014 New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards held Saturday, October 11th.

Photo Caption: PHD Chief Nursing Officer Amy Wilson (center) pictured Saturday at the 2014 New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards are (left to right) Kristine Tenorio from Albuquerque, Becky Trujillo from Roswell, Elizabeth Kuchler from Las Cruces and Terry Waters from Espanola. (Photo Courtesy: NMDOH)

The Department’s four nominees were:

Elizabeth Kuchler

Advanced Practice category (Southwest Region)

At the Southwest Region of NMDOH in the Community Wellness Program, Dr. Kuchler provides Hepatitis C treatment to patients with Project ECHO, primary care to homeless children at the Jardin de los Niños daycare center, women’s 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

Public health nursing category (Northwest Region)

NMDOH employee since 2009, Tenorio is the Director of Nursing for the Metro Area for the Northwest Region. This includes nine direct care clinics and accompanying staff.

Rebecca Trujillo

Public health nursing category (Southeast Region)

Trujillo a NMDOH employee since 2000 serves as the Southeast Region’s School Health Advocate, providing technical assistance and medical oversight to school nurses in 30 School Districts in nine counties.

Terry Waters

Public health nursing category (Northeast Region)

Currently 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, Terry pursued her Bachelors of Science Nursing (awarded in 2013) from Northern New Mexico College, and is currently working on her Masters of Science Nursing.


The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence convenes and facilitates dialogue and action that results in excellence in nursing education, practice and work environment.

“These incredible Public Health Division nurses were nominated because of their work in nursing practice, leadership and because of their contribution to the Division, communities and to our state,” said Cabinet Secretary Retta Ward, MPH.

The New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards recognize excellence in nursing practice and honor nurses for the contributions they make to their organizations, communities and the state. Proceeds from the Nursing Excellence Awards program support the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence (NMCNE).


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