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ENMU-Roswell instructor receives state award

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Stacie Nason, director of Clinical Education for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, received the 2020 Russ Richards Instructor of the Year Award by the New Mexico EMS Bureau.

Stacie Nason (Submitted Photo)

The Russ Richards Instructor/Coordinator Award honors a person who excels as an educator or has made significant contributions to the EMS educational system in New Mexico. Any instructor or coordinator currently affiliated with an approved New Mexico EMS educational institution is eligible. The Statewide EMS Advisory Committee members make their selection based upon nominations submitted from all over the state.

“This is a huge honor for Stacie to receive this,” said Jesse Davis, EMS program director at ENMU-Roswell. “She is most deserving of this and is truly a dedicated instructor and paramedic.”

“It is a huge honor and I was so surprised to receive it,” said Nason. “After the last year, when all educators had to put in so much effort and extra work, I was especially honored and humbled to receive this award.”

Nason began teaching Basic Life support and Emergency Medical Technician Basic courses as an adjunct instructor in 1993 and became a full-time faculty member in the fall of 1994. Over the years, she has taught many levels of EMS courses and served as the coordinator of basic life support and intermediate life support courses for several years. She also developed, implemented and taught the first dual enrollment EMS classes offered through ENMU-Roswell and went on to teach dual enrollment classes for many years.

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For the last several years, she has worked as the director of Clinical Education for the EMS program for all on and off campus EMS classes.

“All I can remember ever wanting to be was a paramedic, and while I still serve in that role as EMS chief for Midway Fire and paramedic for Dexter Fire, being an instructor allows me to connect with people on a different level and educate and hopefully instill a passion for a profession that I love.”

For more information about the EMS program at ENMU-Roswell, contact Jesse Davis at 575-624-7076.

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