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2020 AANP State Excellence Awards

2020 AANP State Excellence Awards

Founded in 1991, the State Award for NP Excellence recognizes an NP in each state who demonstrates excellence in practice. In 1993, AANP added the State Award for NP Advocate Excellence to recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of the NP role.

Tamaki Harrold is the recipient the 2020 AANP New Mexico State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence and Amanda Conley is the recipient of the 2020 AANP New Mexico State Award for Nurse Practitioner Advocate Excellence. AANP gives these prestigious awards annually to a dedicated NP and NP advocate in each state. AANP will honor Tamaki and Amanda at an awards ceremony and reception held during the June AANP 2020 National Conference in New Orleans. NMNPC will honor them in April at our annual Spring Conference in Albuquerque. 


Tamaki Harrold, MSN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner Excellence

Tamaki (Kia) Harrold received a master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. She also holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Human Rights from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in dance from the University of California, Irvine Campus. Kia is board certified as a family nurse practitioner (FNP-C) through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and is a member of AANP as well as  NMNPC. She’s a full-time primary care provider and Medical Director at Questa Health Center in Questa, New Mexico.

Kia runs nutrition and wellness groups for the community as well as a clinic-based outpatient medication assisted treatment (MAT) program, to provide care for people with opiate use disorders. Kia is in the process of completing her training for hepatitis C treatment to expand access to affected people in northern New Mexico.


In Kia’s words, she decided to become a nurse practitioner because “I’ve had a long-standing interest in the promotion of human rights. I believe that access to health care is one of the most effective means of achieving basic human rights objectives. I moved to New Mexico specifically to work with the under-served and medically disenfranchised populations, where my practice is directly aligned with my values.”

Kia enjoys living in the mountains of northern New Mexico where she can pursue her outdoor interests, including hiking, backpacking and skiing.


Amanda Conley, MSN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner Advocate

Amanda (Sam) Conley has been in the healthcare field for more than 50 years. During her career she has demonstrated leadership to other healthcare providers with mentoring, supervising and educating. She served 24 years in the Army Nurse Corp and completed two combat tours. During her most recent combat tour, Sam served as Chief of Clinical Services while simultaneously staffing clinics providing care to soldiers in combat zones. During her work at the VA, she created the NP council to unite fellow nursing providers, becoming a mentor for NPs, and other providers. Sam continued her educator role by providing lectures to multiple units and groups of caregivers.

Sam gives back to her nursing community by guest speaking at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing and at the nursing program at Central New Mexico Community College (CMN). She has been an active member of the New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council since becoming a nurse practitioner and is the immediate past president. In this leadership role, she demonstrates open communication, a willingness to address uncomfortable issues with common sense and compassion and a commitment to timeliness.

Sam has continued her community service through her numerous volunteer activities. She serves lunch at a homeless shelter, drives veterans to medical appointments and mentors elementary students at two schools on nutrition, mental health, teamwork and running skills. Sam also promotes nursing, women in leadership and women in the military by guest speaking at three local high schools.

Sam’s achievements highlighted in her nomination for this award include consistently demonstrating a passion for her chosen profession by her leadership, dedication to high standards and sharing her knowledge with others for over 50 years. Sam’s philosophy is to live every moment to the fullest, give as much as you are able to your community and always be grateful.


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