November 17, 2020
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New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence Honors ENMU-Roswell Nursing Graduate
The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence has recognized an ENMU-Roswell nursing graduate for her accomplishments. Fallon Evans Moody received the Nightingale Award in a virtual ceremony held by the organization on November 14. The award exemplifies outstanding and caring leadership and professionalism as a beginning practitioner in the first 18 months as a registered nurse. Moody graduated from the ENMU-Roswell Nursing Program in May of 2019. She currently works in the nursery at Lovelace Regional Hospital in Roswell.
Moody said her unit director nominated her for the Nightingale Award and she was surprised when her name was announced during the online ceremony on Saturday. She said she and her husband were excited about the recognition. “I am very humbled and blessed to receive this. It was not expected.” Moody said her mom was a nurse, so she was exposed to the medical field all her life and that made her want to be a nurse as well. After graduating from Gateway Christian School, she attended UNM in Albuquerque for a year. She didn’t enjoy the big city life and missed the hometown feeling and her family. She transferred to ENMU-Roswell after hearing about the great reputation of the nursing program. “I was absolutely well prepared. I owe a lot to my instructors and I couldn’t have asked for a better education,” she said. “I felt very supported. I liked the small class sizes and I felt the instructors really cared about the success of the students.”
Now 22, Moody is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in nursing and working long hours during this very challenging time in healthcare. She said there are a lot of babies being delivered and expects to see even more in January and March of next year. “Speaking for a lot of nurses, we are burnt out and tired and we seem to be dealing with something new every time we go to work. But we are all mainly concerned with patient care and will do what’s best while very closely monitoring ourselves.”
“I am so proud of my former nursing student, Fallon Moody,” said Candi Miller Morris, Nursing Clinical instructor. “This award is well deserved. She was an excellent student and has become an excellent nurse. She exemplifies the nurse we strive to produce over the course of our program. She is caring, compassionate and extremely smart. She never hesitates to reach out and help others. My heartfelt congratulations go out to her!”
Since 2005, the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence has had the honor of hosting the New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards. This annual awards ceremony recognizes excellence in nursing practice and honors nurses for the contributions they make to their organizations, communities, and to the state. Created by nurses for nurses, the Nursing Excellence Awards have honored over 2,500 New Mexico nurse nominees since it began. Proceeds from the Nursing Excellence Awards support the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence and its mission.