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Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Linda Dominguez

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Linda Dominguez received the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNM College of Nursing. Her exemplary achievements in nursing through education, publication, practice and leadership have been well demonstrated throughout her career. She currently practices as the assistant medical director and colposcopist for Planned Parenthood of New Mexico and is in private practice with Southwest Women’s Health in Albuquerque. In addition, Linda is a consultant to industry and advocacy groups that have an interest in reproductive health issues.

Linda is an accomplished nurse who began her career as a young LPN in 1968. She then attended the University of Albuquerque where she obtained an AND in 1981. Two years later she graduated from the Women’s Health Care Advanced Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She graduated from UNM College of Nursing in 1999 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

She is very active in advocating for professional interests and practice of advance practice nursing both regionally and nationally. She was a founding member and organizer of the National Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, which has become the American College of Nurse Practitioners. She currently serves as chair of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NANPWH). Linda was the first nurse practitioner to ever be appointed to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a key policy and research entity for reproductive health, and is now an executive board member. She is past chair of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project in Washington, D.C. and has served on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies based in New Orleans, La.

Linda has received a New Mexico Governor’s Award for her community work, and in 1992 she was recognized as the national “Outstanding Nurse Practitioner of the Year” by NANPWH. At the 2005 New Mexico March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Gala, Linda was presented with the Advanced Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award of Excellence.

Linda truly exhibits her beliefs that nursing is a profession that reflects the face and needs of the communities we serve. She has always been able to give voice to those who are often silenced and to maintain enthusiasm and passion for nursing in all environments. She believes that the contribution of nursing and the role of the nurse practitioner are crucial and central to improving the delivery of health care to the nation.

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