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Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Carol Eve Luciani Moye

Photo: Carol MoyeClass of 1973

Carol Moye received the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNM College of Nursing. Her career has been distinguished by clinical expertise and leadership. In the words of Carol’s nominator, St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, “Above all she is a mentor and role model for nurses interested in advancing the profession and improving the quality of care.” She began her nursing career as a staff nurse at St Joseph Hospital in 1973, becoming the head nurse/nurse manager of a 64 bed orthopedic nursing unit and Supervisor of the Traction Department in just three years. Ten years later, Carol became the administrative director of orthopedic service for St. Joseph Health Care System. She holds the distinction as the first certified orthopedic nurse (1986) in New Mexico. In 1993, Carol went into private practice with an orthopedic surgeon until his retirement in 1997. Currently, she is a full partner and senior consultant for Star Group, LLC, focusing on health care management.

Carol has lectured in orthopedic nursing at universities, hospitals, education seminars and programs throughout the United States and Canada. She has been the keynote speaker for the International Orthopedic Nursing Forum Conference, Royal College of Nursing in London, and additionally, was one of six nurses invited to present an overview of her specialty in Beijing, China.

In 1980, she was part of a steering committee establishing the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses. She has published articles, held offices in a variety of national and state professional organizations, and received extensive recognition for her achievements as a nurse and business entrepreneur. She is a tireless volunteer for a truly endless list of organizations and activities.

Carol demonstrates that nursing as a professional career “provides the opportunity to be a good follower, a good leader, pursue clinical expertise, provide expert care, serve as a catalyst for change and influence the direction of a specific nursing specialty.”

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