It is a pleasure to continue to serve on the Board of the New Mexico APNA chapter. I've been a Registered Nurse for 27+ years, 25 of those years in Psychiatry/Behavioral Health. I have been an advanced practice Nurse Practitioner for 10 years, board-certified in Adult Behavioral Health, and the owner of the Kolomeir Clinic, an adult outpatient full-service psychiatric clinic in the Northeast Heights of Albuquerque. My MSN degrees are in both Adult Health and Adult Psychiatric Mental Health. The Kolomeir Clinic offers an integrative approach to psychiatry.
Currently, I am a 3rd year medicine student at the Tibetan Medicine Institute, and about to begin my first year in Tsalung studies, both under the tutelage of Dr. Pasang Arya.
My MBA is focused in management. I served on the board of the New Mexico Organization of Nurse Executive (NMONE) Board as a member-at-large in 2008-09, and, in that capacity, learned how important it is to draw on the experience of nurses throughout New Mexico, not just within the urban hubs.
I also served in the Army Nursing Reserve Corps as an First Lieutenant, with a mission to improve suicide assessment in the military.
As a researcher, I presented at the 2003 South West Nursing Research Conference. I spent 11 years at Presbyterian Kaseman Behavioral Health inpatient hospital in beautiful Albuquerque, and during that time crafted the Presbyterian statewide initiative on suicide assessment/management, and other policies and procedures for the psychiatric hospital. I also served on the Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Initiative in 2014.
Evidenced-based practice, integrative approach, creating awareness of what "psych" Nurse Practitioners do, and attracting nurses into our discipline are a big part of my vision for the New Mexico APNA chapter.