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The New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence has recognized an Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell nursing graduate for her accomplishments.

Fallon Evans Moody (Submitted Photo)

Fallon Evans Moody received the Nightingale Award in a virtual ceremony held by the organization on Nov. 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 2019. She 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,” she said.

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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 the University of New Mexico 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.

“Speaking for a lot of nurses, we are burned out and tired and we seem to be dealing with something new every time we go to work,” she said. “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,” said Candi Miller Morris, nursing clinical instructor. “This award is well deserved. She was an excellent student and has become an excellent nurse.”

Created by nurses for nurses, the Nursing Excellence Awards have honored over 2,500 New Mexico nurse nominees since the professional recognition program began in 2015. Proceeds from the Nursing Excellence Awards support the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence and its mission.