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2018 AANP State Excellence Awards


2018 AANP State Excellence Awards

Each year, two individuals from each state may be nominated for the prestigious State Awards for Excellence presented by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence recognizes a nurse practitioner who demonstrates excellence in practice, research, NP education, or community affairs. The State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate recognizes a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness and acceptance of nurse practitioners. Honorees receive their awards during the AANP in June at their Excellence Awards ceremony and reception. In addition, NMNPC recognizes the New Mexico winners at our Annual Conference each year in April. This year, the AANP State Excellence Awards for New Mexico went to NMNPC members Lisa Taylor and Michelle Peacock.


Lisa Taylor, DNP, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner Excellence

Lisa Taylor received her BSN from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2010 and her MSN from the same institution the following year. She graduated as a family nurse practitioner from the Vanderbilt School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee in 2012 and completed her DNP there in 2014. Lisa has been practicing as an FNP for over five years and enjoyed providing care to under-served patients in Belen prior to beginning her position with the VA Health Care System in Albuquerque in January. There, she provides evidence-based care for veterans in a primary care setting, including diagnosis, treatment and management of disease as well as pain management. In addition, Lisa provides endocrine services through Endocrine ECHO including diabetes, ESRD and dyslipidemia. She recently became board certified in advanced diabetes management and has accepted a position on the NM American Diabetes Association Advisory Board. Lisa is becoming more involved with NMNPC, recently agreeing to chair an ad hoc committee working to provide NPs around the state access to information on issues such as childhood obesity, breast health awareness, diabetes and men’s health. Her presentation at the NMNPC spring conference in April, Self-Awareness in Clinical Practice: Cultural Safety & Unconscious Bias, was well-received and is indicative of her broad range of clinical interests. Her commitment to becoming fluent in Spanish is ongoing.


Michelle Peacock, MSN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner Advocate

Michelle Peacock, MSN, FNP-BC, received her BSN at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington in 2004 and her MSN in the family nurse practitioner program at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 2012. Her military education extended from 2004 to 2009 beginning with a leadership course and including a course in emergency nursing as well as other leadership courses and she’s currently working toward her PhD in Health Policy at UNM. Michelle’s nursing experience includes emergency and surgical trauma life support prior to beginning her career as a family nurse practitioner. She currently works in the VA Health Care System (VA HCS) in Albuquerque where she serves as co-chair for both the APRN Board and Veteran Services Integrated Network 22 (VISN). Michelle worked with administrators at the VA in NM to get a salary survey approved and completed, ultimately getting a much-overdue pay increase for NPs in the NM VA HCS. In additon, she received the 2018 Women of Influence Award from Albuquerque Business First for her work re-writing the NM VA HSC by-laws and establishing APRNs as licensed independent providers. Michelle is an Adjunct Faculty/Lecturer at the UNM College of Nursing and serves on the Bernalillo County DWI Commission. She recently completed her tenure a President ofr a non-profit group which benefits homeless children and attended the Field Health Informatics Conference in 2017 and discussed Post Health Informatics Strategies Conference Changes for Ambulatory Care.


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