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Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Ann Marie McCarthy

Photo: Patricia BoyleClass of 2008

Ann Marie McCarthy, PhD, is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. 

Teaching has always been a part of Dr. McCarthy’s life. She is currently a nursing instructor at San Juan College in Farmington, NM, in the Associate Degree in Nursing Pre-Licensure program. In addition, she has served in the past as both an American Heart Association Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support instructor. She has also completed the coursework and application process to become an Emergency Medical Technician Instructor/Coordinator at the University of New Mexico Emergency Medical Services Academy. In March 2014, Dr. McCarthy served as an assistant instructor for a refresher course for Emergency Medical Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians and Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians. She has also precepted registered nurse, physician assistant and nurse practitioner students throughout her career.

Dr. McCarthy worked as an RN from 1979 through 1985 and as a nurse practitioner since 1985. After retiring in 2013, she was a commissioned officer for the Indian Health Service for 20 years. During that time, she served as the outpatient department acting director and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the outpatient department at the Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle Health Center for five years. Prior to that, she was a nurse practitioner in the pediatric clinic at Northern Navajo Medical Center. She is currently serving as the volunteer school nurse for Sacred Heart School, Farmington, NM, and also serves as a volunteer nurse practitioner with the PATH shelter for the homeless in Farmington, NM. Her role at the shelter is that of primary health care provider at the shelter clinic. Dr. McCarthy influences the advancement of nursing mostly by her clinical practice example. She consistently places high-quality patient care above all else, which has been challenging in her work with the Indian Health Service, especially in view of staffing issues, budget issues and bureaucratic challenges. She retired in October 2013 at the rank of Captain.

Dr. McCarthy served as a volunteer EMT for four years in New Jersey, and since 1996, she has served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT-Intermediate in New Mexico for a busy volunteer fire department, with more than 1,500 alarms per year. Dr. McCarthy maintains an EMT-lntermediate license and is certified in both structural and wildland firefighting, in addition to holding certification in hazard materials operations. Dr. McCarthy volunteers an average of 20 hours per week, including trainings, apparatus maintenance and incidence response for EMS, fire and rescue. She has served as medical captain for eight years, as well as AED (automated external defibrillator)/CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) coordinator, safety officer and emergency vehicle operator instructor.

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