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Past New Alumni Award Recipient: Cipriano Botello

Photo: Kristyn YepaClass of 2007

Cipriano Botello is the recipient of the University of New Mexico College of Nursing 2014 New Alumni Award.

Cipriano Botello has been a nurse for seven years, beginning his career at UNM Hospitals. He then moved closer to the small town where he grew up and worked as a charge nurse for Corizon in Las Cruces, NM, for three years. During that time, he was recognized as the Outstanding Employee for the entire Western Region in 2012. He returned to bedside nursing at UNM Hospitals in 2012; within six months, he was promoted to Registered Nurse Supervisor. His long-term goal is to give back to his community and become a nurse practitioner.

As a leader, Cipriano epitomizes the phrase “above and beyond” when it comes to encouraging teamwork. He is consistently stepping up to help wherever and whenever needed to ensure that the unit runs smoothly. He receives multiple kudos cards from members of the health care team each month. The staff he manages holds him in high regard. He is especially supportive of new graduate RNs. Cipriano also serves as a mentor for current staff on the unit.

Cipriano takes patient care very seriously. He leads by example and is a role model for other nurses. A patient wrote of his care, “Best nurse I’ve ever had. Goes out of his way to help in any way he can. So very considerate and gentle. Makes you feel like he cares about you as a person.” He also completed a rigorous, year-long training to obtain his interpreter certification. Cipriano ensures that there is no breakdown in communication between patients and the health care team when he serves as an interpreter, as well as during his unit rounds.

Cipriano participates in multiple committees and projects that improve the health, safety and satisfaction of patients, using evidence-based research. One of the most successful quality improvement processes is the sepsis mortality improvement team (SMITe) initiative. SMITe created a standard protocol of interventions based on common septic symptoms. Putting this research into practice, Cipriano encourages the nurses to proactively assess each patient for risk factors, obtaining results, advocate for their patients and evaluate the intervention’s effectiveness. Successful thus far, the program has exceeded its initial goals by reducing observed mortality by more than 40%!

Cipriano also participates in evidence-based research in the community. Volunteering his time, he represented UNMH on the planning committee for a statewide task force evaluating the prevention of falls. Cipriano worked to determine what interventions were already provided in the state. The committee found that there is still an overwhelming need for fall prevention programs. On March 7, 2014, House Bill 99, Adult Fall Risk and Awareness Program, passed, providing $100,000 in recurring funds to the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) to establish a statewide program to promote adult fall risk awareness, education, training and prevention, as well as to track and analyze data for adult fall risk. Although the DOH has taken over the implementation of this project, Cipriano still maintains contact with the committee to follow-up on its progress.

Cipriano also helps serve our indigent population by donating to his hospital unit's clothing stores and volunteering with the unit's Shared Governance at Roadrunner Food Bank, which provides food and other necessities for homeless families. 

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